Michael & Sonya Abbott  | Lead Ministers

        Michael & Sonya Abbott | Lead Ministers

The abbott family

Life is either a series of meaningless, random events or a masterfully orchestrated plan unfolding under the watchful eye of a loving God. We happen to believe the latter and that He is intimately involved in writing the story of our lives. Michael and Sonya met in Jr. High in a in a small school in a small town in Northern California. They were married in 1994 and lived in Reno where he was doing his undergraduate study and the University of Nevada, Reno. Within a year they relocated to Western North Carolina to help care for a family member who had fallen ill. What they thought was a temporary assignment became a life mission. It was at New Covenant Church in Clyde that the Lord redirected their steps and confirmed their call to ministry. After completing the Master’s Commission School of Ministry and graduating from Christian Life School of Theology Michael and Sonya relocated to Sylva to serve as Associate Pastors at LifeWay Community Church in 1998. In 2003 they accepted the invitation to serve their church as lead ministers. Michael and Sonya have had the privilege of sharing Jesus around the world but their greatest honor is serving the people of LifeWay Community Church and the surrounding communities with their 3 beautiful daughters. Their heart is to see God’s people equipped to accomplish God’s dreams for LifeWay and beyond. There is no greater adventure than letting the Holy Spirit write the next chapter of your life.