*The Johnson’s Celebrate Thirty Years of Marriage
The Rev. Wayne A. Johnson, Pastor, Shiloh AME Church, Morganton, North Carolina
Sis. Fredia A. Hanley-Johnson, 3rd Connectional President, CONN-M-SWAWO + PK’S
On December 6, 2022, Fredia Ann Hanley-Johnson and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. So, this is how the story began. While pastoring in the First Episcopal District, I was elected a delegate to the General Conference from the New York Annual Conference. The General Conference was held in Orlando, Florida in 1992. At the General Conference, I saw a young lady on the stage, and I remarked to members of the delegation “I am going to marry this young lady.” Fredia was a delegate from the Twelfth Episcopal District.
We were introduced by mutual friends and talked during the duration of the General Conference. As the Conference closed, I proposed and gave her time to respond. On Sunday, December 6, 1992 in the sanctuary of Saint John AME Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma we were united in marriage. There was an ice storm that day and the late Bishop Frederick Hilborn Tolbert, Presiding Prelate of the Twelfth Episcopal District was to officiate, however due to weather conditions he was unable to travel from Little Rock, Arkansas. The officiant for our wedding was the late Dr. Benjamin Salter Roberts, Presiding Elder of the Tulsa District, who also baptized her and was her beloved pastor for over thirty-six years. It was a wonderful wedding and Fredia was a beautiful bride.
In reflecting upon our thirty years as Fredia often states and I concur: “every day has not been a rosy day, but we made it through with God’s help and prayers of our family and friends.”
From our wedding day until this day, we became a “blended family” having seven children and we are blessed with sixteen grandchildren. She is a phenomenal woman serving as first lady to congregations which I have pastored in the First, Twelfth and Second Episcopal Districts of our great church being affectionately called: “Sister Fredia”. By divine favor, she has been an Annual Conference Minister’s Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization plus PK’s president, an Episcopal District Minister’s Spouses Widows and Widowers Organization plus PK’s president and served for eight and one-half years as the third Connectional president of the Connectional Minister’s Spouses Widows and Widowers Organization plus PK’s of the AME Church.
Indeed, Fredia Ann Hanley-Johnson is an extraordinary wife, mother, and grandmother (a.k.a. “Sugar”) worthy of notable recognition, honor, and respect. Happy 30th Anniversary to my bride.
On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield and Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director, Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of this significant milestone reached.