A New Beginning
Afterglow Makes Two Important Moves
moved to new studios in Germantown, TN. “We
have four times the space of our current location and the quality
of each production is even more remarkable.”. The new
facility features state of the art digital mixing and recording
Over 5,000 instrumental, vocal and choral CDs provide a vast
quantity of music from which program selections can be made. “In
addition to the weekly Afterglow release, we will continue
to create 50 minute music specials for holidays and other memorable
Another Afterglow Move
In May, 2005, Rev.
Johnson married Cheryl Waters, former investment management
banker with Citi-Bank in Coral Gables, FL. They recently
having first met in a singles Bible study Johnson previously
taught. Cheryl was officially introduced to the broadcast
work of Don when she attended the NRB Convention in Anaheim,
Here’s the amazing story of this broadcast romance
as noted by Don.
Books have been written about relationships and how to
meet others socially. Some say, “Go to the
bars.” Others declare, “The supermarket
is where you can meet someone.” Some say, “Go to the
others say, “Try the Post Office.” No one suggests a
retirement community as a place to initiate contact with someone
else. But that’s exactly
where I found the love of my life.
In the Fall of last year I was recalling memories of Ann, my wife who
suffered a fatal heart attack in 2002. I thought of how we met. I was
work, teaching a singles Bible study through Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis.
The Lord led Ann into the group and into my life. Soon followed engagement and
marriage. As I remembered those days long ago, I prayed, “Lord,
you could do that again.”
In November, 2004, I was doing the Lord’s work at the
Kirby Pines Estates Retirement Community, hosting a “Crusade
for Christ” in which outstanding area ministers speak to
residents. A lady attended these services with her mother, Mrs.
Bobbe Stigall, who had moved into Kirby in August. The mother
said to her daughter, “We have a Chaplain named Don Johnson.
Isn’t he the one who went to school with your sister?” The
daughter, Cheryl Waters, replied, “It couldn’t be.
We heard he had moved to Atlanta.” When Cheryl and her
mother came to the Crusade she discovered I was the same Don
Johnson she had known many years ago. When she introduced herself
to me she said I looked like a deer caught in a car’s headlights.
Her husband suffered a fatal, unexpected heart attack. Cheryl
moved back to Memphis and helped her mother relocate to Kirby
Pines. When I learned of her husband’s death, I said to
her, “We need to catch up on all God has been doing in
our lives.” We’ve been “catching up” ever
since. On May 14th in Wilson Chapel at Christ United Methodist
Church Senior Pastor, Dr. Bill Bouknight, performed our
To have one special person in your life is remarkable. To have two in a lifetime
is absolutely astounding. The Lord has answered my prayer. He dropped Cheryl
into my life. This unexpected joy is beyond anything I could ever deserve.
I remember hearing someone say, “Be careful what you pray for, you just
might get it!” This is a living example of how true this is.
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