Our Team

Bill Black, Director

Bill is a Georgia native who has found a home in the mountains of east Tennessee. He has served as Co-Director of SMRM since 1981. He has degrees from Emory University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has twice been national president of the Association of Resort and Leisure Ministers. He is involved in community leadership development. Bill loves mountains and can be found skiing, hiking, climbing, or resting on them at every opportunity.


Linda Johnson, Development Director
Linda came to Gatlinburg in April of 2017, and has fallen in love with this resort town. A native of Oklahoma, Linda has many years of resort ministry experience, including founding and directing resort missions in Orlando, FL, and then in Atlanta, GA. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and loves concerts, art museums, and recently, hiking! Linda said, “God called me to Gatlinburg to continue to share the love of Christ with those in need. I have fallen in love with the generous and loving people here, and look forward to walking in ministry with them.”


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