Trinity Presbyterian is excited to announce a new, revised marque event – the Gilchrist Speaker Series. Previously known as Gilchrist Sunday, we will be hosting our 30-year long annual event in a new, engaging format. Click HERE to hear more about this exciting event from our Gilchrist hosts, Laura-Nelle Parnell Hurst and Ned Parnell. 

Please join us on Saturday evening, February 25 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be serving beer and wine (cash bar) from Heist Brewery, plus appetizers and desserts.

Our nationally known guest speaker, Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, will present the topic, “Flourishing in An Unpredictable World” in a conversation with Senior Minister, Steve Lindsley, followed by a question-and-answer session with the participating audience.

The following Sunday, February 26, Rev. Brooks- Johnson will be giving a sermon on the same topic.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at this exciting Gilchrist Speaker Series event. Spread the word – the Gilchrist Speaker Series is a gathering open to all in the community!

Flourishing In An Unpredictable World
Most of us are hanging on by our fingernails in a world rife with racial inequities, economic injustice, emotional and spiritual fatigue, and radical division. But what would it be like to not just “get by” in this world but to flourish? Looking through the lens of scripture and spirituality, as well as her own personal story of grief and loss, the Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson will help us see the ways we can flourish as individuals and as communities of faith, living into our higher calling as members of society and citizens of God’s kingdom on earth.

Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson: Executive Presbyter, Greater Presbytery of Atlanta

The Reverend Aisha Brooks-Johnson, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Central High School (‘92), has a Bachelor of Science in Music from Temple University (’99), and obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (’05). Aisha served various churches in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and surrounding areas through her ministry of music, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. While serving as Mission Pastor for Wayne Presbyterian Church, Aisha was also the Organizing Pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center in Southwest Philadelphia.

In 2018, Aisha became the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, serving over 85 congregations and encouraging 30 new worshipping communities. She is honored and overjoyed to serve congregations and leaders within a presbytery filled with deep, cultural diversity and a vast theological landscape. She believes her calling is to support healthy and vital congregations and equip innovative leaders to live their passion and purpose as the people of God.

Aisha has been a guest contributor for Christian Century, several PCUSA denominational resources, and musical projects. She is married to Rev. Dr. Alonzo T. Johnson, Coordinator for Self-Development of People for the Presbyterian Church, USA. They have three children and share the love and support of Aisha’s mother.

DJ Boyd, Guest Musician

DeVona Jaworski Boyd, affectionately known as D.J., is a native of Whitmire, South Carolina. At the tender age of five, his journey as a musician began and he acclaims all of his success and praises to God. He is a 2003 graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a minor in Art and also earned a masters degree in worship Music and Worship from Liberty University. DJ has served as minister of music at the following churches: Boyd Hill Baptist Church, Rock Hill, SC, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC and Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. He currently serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at St Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte NC.

DJ enjoys teaching piano through his studio DeJaBo Muzic which is operated from the VAPA Center here in Charlotte. Outside of his musical career, he is the owner and operator of DeJaBo Designs which entails event planning and decorating for any event. He is also the owner of DeJaBoTies, a bowtie and accessories online boutique.