Saxapahaw UMC Staff

Mitzi Johnson
Interim Pastor

Mitzi grew up in Morehead City, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991. Over the next two decades she worked in public education, journalism, and corporate learning -- first in Houston, TX and later in Cary and Chapel Hill.

In 2014, she received an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and was ordained a UMC elder in 2016. She has served as University UMC in Chapel Hill, and Saluda UMC near Asheville. As Director of Programming at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, she created large conferences and worship services for youth and adults from across the Southeast. She is also a founding hiker in The Smoky Mountain Hiking Community: A Fresh Expression of Church.

Mitzi’s passion is using art, storytelling, and the outdoors to proclaim God’s word to adults, youth, and children in fresh ways.

“Returning to central NC where I lived over half my life feels like coming home,” she says. She lives in Raleigh with husband, Gordon, and son Graham (14). Their daughter Abigail (22) lives in Durham.

Laurie Newlin
Administrative Assistant

Laurie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986 and UNC-Greensboro in 1990. She lives on a local farm with her husband and two daughters. Laurie enjoys music, history, genealogy, and photography.

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