LINCOLNTON – Highland Drive Free Will Baptist Church was built nearly 20 years ago and is now led by Luke Johnson, the father of Landen Johnson – a spirited 8-year-old boy with a rare form of primordial dwarfism.
The Lincolnton church congregation has rallied behind its pastor through Landen’s journey, and now Johnson shares what his church is all about.
Denver Citizen: Tell us about some of your services.
Luke Johnson: We have Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m.; Sunday evening worship at 6 p.m.; Wednesday evening adult bible study at 7 p.m; Wednesday evening Free Will Friends Children's Ministry at 7 p.m. and Highland Drive Student Ministries at 7 p.m.
DC: Tell us about one or a couple of memories involving your church that stick out to you. Could be a mission trip, a church event, a charitable, etc.
LJ: We worked together to put on a charity concert to raise almost $12,000 for the bone marrow transplant team at Levine Children's Hospital. During the Christmas season we were able to give gift cards for food and gas to every family on the 11th floor (hematology/oncology floor). That was awesome! We also have worked together through different events to raise close to $15,000 for families with medical needs. The greatest memories we make together as a church family is when we give of ourselves to other people.
DC: Tell us about your church's volunteer work.
LJ: We volunteer two Fridays a month at the Hesed House of Hope and one Saturday a month at the soup kitchen.
DC: Are there any upcoming events you want to the community to know about?
LJ: The Senior Saints Picnic is on Saturday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at Cooper Cove Village in Cherryville.
DC: What do you want the community to know about Highland Drive?
LJ: Highland Drive Church exists to love God and love all others. You can be yourself, you will be challenged to grow deeper in your walk with Christ, and you will experience genuine community among God's family.