on putting faces with names

Last Sunday I was in Dacula, GA, at Grace Baptist Church. Pastor Dave Wood is on the left, an old acquaintance from Greenville days long past. Next is Andy Efting, an on-line friend I have looked forward to meeting in person.

Next to Andy is my soon to be daughter-in-law and next to her (and somewhat obscured by my younger son) is my oldest son, the one who will be married tomorrow. [I am doing the ceremony!]

My son and soon to be d-in-l serve in this church as student trainees and general gophers. When Duncan graduated from BJU last year, I asked him to find a church where he could serve and learn and ‘get out of Greenville’. That is not to say that I have anything against the good churches in Greenville, but I want them to get out of the ‘orbit’ and in a more normal church environment for the purposes of preparation for future ministry. The church in Dacula fills the bill.

The rest of the picture are my other kids and me. My wife was unable to make it to the service because of family needs in Tennessee, but made it down to G’ville the next day…

I am in kinko’s printing out the last of my tweaks on the wedding ceremony… just 13 hours from now (it is 1 am!! Am I nuts or what?) [Don’t answer that…]

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3


  1. Chris Anderson says:

    Congratulations, Don! What a privilege it must be to marry your own son. Wonderful.

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but Dave Wood was my youth pastor many moons ago, and he has had a tremendous influence on my brothers and I. I praise the Lord for him. Lord willing, your son will learn much.

    Small world, eh?

  2. Frank Sansone says:

    Pastor Johnson,

    By the time you read this, you will be a father-in-law. Congratulations!

    Thank you for the picture. You don’t look as “curmudgingly” as I might have expected, :).

    Even though I have seen pictures of Andy in the last year or so, I still remember him better when both he and I were carrying around a little less weight when I stayed with him while traveling on Minutemen in 1991.

    I love the advice you gave to your son and I am glad that he took that advice.

    In Christ,

    Pastor Frank Sansone

  3. David Szweda says:

    We enjoyed having you in our services. Duncan has been a real blessing to our ministry and testimony of his family.

  4. Andy Efting says:

    Don, It was great meeting you. Our family really enjoyed the wedding. Duncan and Meg were not at church this Sunday, though. I have no idea where they could have been. :)

  5. Don Johnson says:

    Hey guys, thanks for the kind words.

    Yes, conducting the ceremony for one’s own son is a great privilege. I will post a pic of the wedding party shortly.

    I have one more week on the road, so intermittent blogging… then I have a lot to catch up on. You all have been warned!!

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  6. Andy Efting says:


    You knew me back in my single days, when I sustained myself with peanut butter sandwiches, cold cereal, and TV dinners. Now that I am married my diet has taken a turn for the better but my physique a turn for the worse.