Occupation: Interior designer with Lauderdale Design Group
Family: Married tto Kent Johnson. They have a son, Cannon, 5, and a daughter, Carly Brooke, 2.
Missy Johnson was born and raised in Blount County, graduated from Alcoa High School and then earned a degree from Maryville College in 1990. Besides her work, she is involved with the Chamber of Commerce and volunteers in women’s missions at Central Point Baptist Church.
But it is combination of her career and a calling that has kept Johnson busy the past two and a half years. She started Kingdom Design Ministries, a not-for-profit organization with a unique mission.
“Basically we’re doing dream room makeovers for children who have experienced some sort of devastation in their lives, whether illnesses such as cancer, a life-altering accident or disease,” she says. “We go in and do a room makeover at no charge to the family. It’s a ministry for us, so it is a way to bring God’s love into that home to that child.”
Johnson says the design industry as a whole can be very vain, and she felt that there had to be something she could do to use the creative gifts God gave her to help other people. “So, through a lot of prayer, God began to open up doors for me to walk through in forming this organization, and it’s just been amazing,” she says. “That was probably two and a half years. Now we’re members of the Chamber Foundation, are in process of setting up a board of directors, and we’re learning how to do fundraisers.”
Kingdom Design Ministries will hold their first fundraising event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Sullivan’s Downtown. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and an auction of handcrafted/decorated Christmas trees and ornaments. There also will be other various items people have donated, and there will be signed and numbered artist originals.
Kingdom Design Ministries is also going to have two of the families they have done room makeovers for come with their children to speak. “They will also get to see the little boy whose room we’re going to do soon,” she says. “Its going to be a lot for fun. I’m so excited.”
Here is Missy Johnson:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘“Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are’ from the beach scene in Rocky III. I played softball in high school and before every home game I would run home to change clothes. My mom had this movie rewound to this scene for me to watch. Rocky is so broken here, but confronts his fear and overcomes adversity. It’s such a testament to the will of the human spirit. That was 20 plus years ago, and it still makes my adrenalin pump.”
How do you like your steak cooked?
What are you guilty of?
“Over-committing. I have a hard time saying ‘No’ to anyone.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Probably photos I’ve taken of my kids. It tells our story as a family, and no words are necessary.”
What are you reading currently?
“The Bible. It’s amazing. It’s life-changing. Everyone should read it. If you don’t own a Bible, contact me, and I’ll get you one.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th Century?
“Albert Einstein. Even though I understand very little of his theories, the impact with which he changed the world is so much larger than you or I.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“I would take off work and then melt into my children. I’d spend day and night feeding them spiritually. Even though they are only 5 and 2 years old, I would try and prepare them for decisions they will have to make after I’m gone and situations they will face for the rest of their lives. That’s the best gift I could ever give them. Oh yeah, and lots of hugs and kisses and ice cream.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Crazy. I love to laugh, and the two go hand-in-hand, I think.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I’m really working at being a better wife and mother. I spend a lot of time doing for others, and too often my family becomes the sacrifice. I love them so much and want to be the best I can be for them.”
What is your passion?
“Creating and giving.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My great-aunt Nina Lemons. I’d love for her to see my children and tell me what heaven is like.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“My brother would say Lucy on Charlie Brown. I’m not sure why. I’m not bossy at all.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I think I would go back to my second pregnancy when I found out we were having a girl. Since we already had a son, this was just perfect. I loved being pregnant. I was so happy and cherished every moment. That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced, and I’ll never get to do it again. I’d love to relive that time.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My engagement ring.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“You are only accountable for yourself .You cannot change other people, you can only change yourself. You are the only person you have control over.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“Neither, just respected and loved.”
Who is your hero?
“My dad. Growing up, he always put me and my brother first. He and my mom sacrificed so much for us. He taught me how to put things into perspective by understanding my position in humanity and what my responsibility is to other people universally. He taught me how to set a goal and achieve it - hard work, commitment and dedication without faltering.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Either is fine, as long as they are someone else’s.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“My first ‘outside’ sales job. I once made 72 cold calls in a day. It makes me nauseous thinking back on it now.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“At this point in my life I would say, ‘Voice of Truth’ by Casting Crowns.”