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Pastor Vonshurii and Louise Wrighten
Rev. Dr. Vonshurii S. Wrighten, M Div., MAC, CACII has thirty years of experience as an addictions professional. He is a certified John Maxwell leadership coach, trainer, and speaker. Rev. Wrighten is the former Director of Fuqua Hall of the Atlanta Union Mission, where he assisted in building one of the premier faith based recovery centers in the state of Georgia. As the Assistant Project Director of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, at Morehouse School of Medicine, Reverend Wrighten helped to forge one of the nation’s largest faith-based conferences. He has thirteen years of Pastoral leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is currently the pastor of The River of Life AME Church in Stone Mountain, GA. In addition, he is the Coordinator of Addictive Diseases Initiatives for the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities. Reverend Wrighten is known for his visionary leadership and his ability to initiate and execute from vision to realization. Rev. Wrighten is a graduate of The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While matriculating at The ITC he was inducted into Theta Phi International Honor Society. He also received honor for his leadership ability and was awarded the Daniel Lott Jacob Leadership Award and the Deans Award. His focus of study was the Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and Counseling. Upon completion of his course work at the ITC, he furthered his clinical experience by completing a year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Vonshurii is married to Louise Wrighten. They have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of one son, Sabastian. His life mission is to help others attain their dreams. Visit coachvonmotivates.com
Reverend Byron and Michelle Johnson
In the fall of 1987 on the campus of Morehouse College Michelle Ayers from Philadelphia Pennsylvania met Byron C. Johnson from Augusta Georgia and the journey began. In June of 1993 the two would become one and produce their greatest gift to the world two wonderful children Christopher Josiah and Jordan Elizabeth Johnson.
During this journey Michelle Ayers Johnson has gained 20 years of experience in education. She began her educational career as a Math teacher with Dekalb county schools. She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Economics Spelman College, Teaching Certification, Brenau University a Master’s of Arts degree in Education (Instruction) from Central Michigan University. She serves as team leader on her collaborative 8th grade team and is the current After School Director for Dekalb Elementary School of the Arts. Michelle has been nominated for Teacher of the Year 2014-15, received Teacher Leader Award 2007 and was Teacher of the month 2009, 2011, and 2013. Michelle is also a member of the Georgia Association of Educators. Michelle believes that all children can learn if presented with a challenge and given communal support.
Reverend Byron C. Johnson has been the Parent Liaison at Destiny Achievers Academy a nontraditional charter High school located in DeKalb County. He has served as Program Director over “The Suspension School” for Project Destiny, Inc. He has also been the facility manager for Atlanta Youth Academy and was a flight attendant at United Airlines for 10 years. Reverend Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Banking/Finance from Morehouse College and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In 1999, he received his call into ministry and was ordained in September 2001 under the leadership of Dr. William E. Flippin Sr. (The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church). Reverend Johnson has served, as a mentor for Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, Big Brother/Big Sisters of America and was the recipient of the Community service award (2003) NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Executive). As a part of the international mission ministry at New Life Community Church, where Pastor Marlon D. Harris is his Pastor, Reverend Johnson has served on several missionary trips to Western Africa to serve the cause of sharing Christ.
Christopher and LaShan Williams
In Spring 2003, Stephanie L. Williams from Lexington, Georgia met Christopher T. Williams from Columbus, Ohio and the journey began. In August 2009, the two would become one and produced their greatest gifts to the world a set of beautiful twin daughters Morgan and Madison Williams. Christopher brought a beautiful daughter Kayla Williams into the marriage.
During this journey Stephanie Lashan Williams gained 23 years in counseling. She began her counseling career as a Family Service Worker for Head Start in Carrollton Georgia. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia, Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC-II) from Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC-II) from National Association for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Certification from Argosy University, and Anger Management Certification from High Impact Training & Counseling Agency. During (2005-2009) she became a Clinical Evaluator and Treatment Provider for the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities. The owner and operator of a Multiple Offender’s Program called Circle of Healing, Inc. She volunteers with Hands on Atlanta and Open Hands in Atlanta. Stephanie is also a member of the License Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA), National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Professionals (NAADAC), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Christopher Thomas Williams is a graduate of Columbus State Community College with a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, and from Ohio University in with a degree in Telecommunications. Chris has over 20 years’ experience in a higher education distance learning media production environment and currently works as a media producer at Georgia Tech. Christopher was instrumental in the transition of Georgia Tech's Distance Learning program from a taped based program with physical daily mailings, to a file based virtual program in which all elements are digital and distributed online. Christopher also runs his own company facilitating video transfers and other production needs. An avid music lover and fan of the creative arts, many of Christopher's hobbies mirror his professional life, which include shooting video, maintaining a blog site, and producing a bi-weekly music podcast. Additionally, Christopher believes in community service and volunteering, having worked with the Riverdale Police and Fire departments, serving as a judge for 6 years for the Georgia Student Media Festival, and working with other non-profits such as Hands on Atlanta, Atlanta Food Bank, Community Access People TV, and Atlanta Union Mission, to name a few.