Lynette Johnson – New Executive Director of SoSA

The SoSA Board of Directors has named Lynette Johnson to take on the position of Executive Director on January 1, 2017. Johnson has been with the Society of St. Andrew since 2010.

Lynette Johnson, New Executive Director of Society of St. Andrew

Lynette Johnson, New Executive Director of Society of St. Andrew

Her first assignment with the organization took her to Nashville, where she served as Regional Director for Tennessee and Alabama. She extended SoSA’s gleaning network into Tennessee and oversaw day-to-day operations in both states, putting 14 million servings of nourishing produce on the tables of Alabamians and Tennesseans at risk for hunger in just three years. In 2013, she was called to SoSA’s national headquarters as the organization’s Director of Church Relations. In this role, she worked with congregations throughout the country, promoting the Society of St. Andrew’s ministry, resources, and giving and volunteer opportunities.

Prior to joining the Society of St. Andrew staff, Lynette enjoyed an 18-year first career as a church educator and supply pastor, and an eight-year second career as a magazine editor and art director. She is a Certified Christian Educator and Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Lynette grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, one of five children in a NASA family. She holds a B.A. in Religion from the College of William & Mary (1982) and an M.A. in Christian Education from Scarritt Graduate School (1986). Lynette has three children: Jake Patterson, a special education teacher in New Orleans; Emma Patterson, a fourth-year geology student at Oberlin College; and Will Patterson, a high school senior. She has made her home in Buena Vista, Virginia since 1997.

Watch for more information in the winter newsletter as we welcome Lynette to her new position. In the meantime, you can follow her blog at Her email address is



In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

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I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.