Johnny Ellison, Senior Pastor

Pastor Johnny was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and much of his family still resides in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area.  He is a lifelong Tennessee Vol.

He came to know Christ as his Savior in June of 1988, after having spent much of his childhood in the Roman Catholic faith.  He gave his life to Christ at a youth camp, after struggling with it for several years.

Pastor Johnny recognized God’s call on his life to teach and preach the Scriptures, and serve Christ in the local church, soon after his conversion.  He has been a church planter, youth pastor, Bible Institute instructor and senior pastor in churches around middle and south Georgia. He became the Senior Pastor of GABC in April 2005.

He married Elissa, his high school sweetheart, in July 1991.  Together they have three awesome children:  Savannah Abney who is married to Caleb (a college baseball coach currently at King University in Bristol, TN), leads worship at her church and started her own business called Abney Consulting; Andrew who is currently a baseball player and pre-law student at Cornell University; and Sarah Elisabeth who was born in 2004, sings, plays the guitar and keeps things exciting.   

Pastor Johnny received his Bachelor of Science (B.S) from Georgia Southern University, his Master of Divinity (M.Div) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from Luther Rice University and Seminary.

In his free time, Pastor Johnny likes to workout with Elissa, read, watch baseball of all kinds and spend time with his family. His favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:3-4. Follow Pastor Johnny on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook


micah Emery, Worship Pastor

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Brian Gunningham, Children's and Student pastor 

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