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Teen Spotlight: Nathanael Baillie Johnson

Teen Spotlight: Nathanael Baillie Johnson

stats: 17, Senior at Alabama Christian Academy


  • National Merit Finalist
  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • AUM Baseball All-Star 2017 & 2018
  • FCM Soccer Club Montgomery 2015-2021

quotable: “Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” – C.S. Lewis

his story: Nathanael was born in Sweden and is a dual citizen (Sweden/USA). He shared that his favorite part about attending ACA is that it provides AP and dual enrollment courses for college credit so he can enter college as a sophomore and finish college earlier. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the on-staff pianist at Grace Presbyterian Church, a member of the Montgomery Christian Youth Choir, and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is also part of various clubs, such as the Rättvik Baseball Club in Sweden, Vikarbyn Fotboll Club in Sweden, Key Club, FCA, and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

what’s next: When asked what he wants to do after high school, Nathanael shared, “I think I am being called into music. Recently, I have gotten really involved in music at my church and my city, and I really enjoyed doing this more than anything.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: Nathanael shared, “My parents have inspired me the most, but not just by the things they have tried to teach me. I have learned the most from the way they act and handle different challenges. I am glad to have come from a large family, but I am most proud that each of my siblings have very specific gifts and goals and that we are all moving in different directions.”

parent’s perspective: Nathanael’s parents, Gary and Linda Johnson, shared, “We admire his inner motivation to achieve, his work ethic, and his willingness to obey his parents and teachers. His talents ‘translate’ to Swedish culture when he is there every summer on our family mission.”

parent-to-parent: Gary and Linda had this advice for other parents, “Your children are a gift from God and not a possession to hold on to. Disciple them in Christ and live what you say you believe, for they are watching more than they are listening. “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” (Psalm 78:4)

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