When Atlanta Vineyard Church pastor Johnny Crist bought a house across from Lilburn City Hall in 1986, he had no interest or intention of entering politics. However, being an active member of the community and having given many speeches at neighborhood and City Council meetings, he was strongly encouraged to run for Lilburn City Council in 2008.
After studying leadership for more than 15 years, the mayor learned why businesses survive, how leaders lead and how they grow. He wanted to help steer the City of Lilburn with a laser focus and clear vision, while being smart with spending its money.
As much as Mayor Crist loves Lilburn, he has resigned his seat effective March 1, 2020 to pursue a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.