Meet Our Founder


As a professional water skier for over 20 years and the World Record Holder in women's slalom from 1992-2010, KRISTI OVERTON JOHNSON took to the waters of the world with passion, perseverance and desire to impact the world of water skiing. This wife and mother of three now focuses her passions and gifts to encourage people to run the course of life victoriously.

Kristi married best friend Tim Johnson in 1994. Kristi and Tim met while attending the University of Central Florida. Upon graduating, they attended the University of Florida College of Law where they received their Juris Doctorates and licenses to practice law. They have three children, the youngest two adopted from Russia in 2004. They live in Keystone Heights, Florida, home base to Champion's Heart ministries.

Professional Skiing Career

A native of Greenville, NC, Kristi began her competitive water ski career at age five on the shores of the Pamlico River in Bath. With the help of her Lord, family, friends and sponsors, Kristi captured state, regional and national records in the slalom, trick, and jump events before turning professional at 13.

Although a Master's champion and number one world ranked athlete in the trick event, Kristi began to specialize in the slalom event in 1988 due to a hip deformity. For 15 years, Kristi dominated the women's slalom event, accumulating 80 professional wins and capturing more number one world rankings than any other female skier in history. She is an 8-time US Masters Champion, 4-time US Open Champion and held the world record in women's slalom from 1992-2010.

Kristi travelled the world bringing home the gold and setting records as a World Champion, Pan American Games and US Pro Tour Champion. She won the British, French, Italian, Australian, and Austrian Masters. Her ski career was honoured through her induction to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 2012.

Kristi departed from the professional circuit in 2004 after 10 major surgeries, including a complete reconstruction of her pelvis. Although Kristi's professional ski career has ended, her life on both the water and shore has only gotten busier.


In His Wakes

With a passion to share the life lessons she learned on the water and a desire to encourage the hearts of people through her faith, Kristi founded the non-profit ministry, In His Wakes in 2003. Since its inception, Kristi has been actively involved with the ministry and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board. When not ministering with the IHW team, Kristi is active in her personal non-profit ministry, Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries. KOJM encourages and equips people to experience a life of victory through its Victorious Living publication, prison outreach, international orphanage outreach, and Kristi's speaking/singing/writing ministry.

Kristi is a sought after faith-based motivational speaker who has a unique ability to encourage hearts in an exciting way through analogies from her life experiences. She is also the published author of two books: Running the Course and Hit it! Kristi launches weekly encouraging videos and writings to help develop the heart of a champion in people across the world. These can be found on Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries FaceBook page.

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Kristi's Personal Testimony

Kristi in the Hall of Fame

Trust Jesus
If you do not currently have a relationship with God, you can begin one at any time. Romans 10:8-10 explains how: “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

As you accept what Christ has done for you, and put your faith in Him alone for salvation, you are then free to have a relationship with God and experience His peace, power, presence, and love. As you grow in your relationship with Him through studying and applying the Word of God, and by trusting Him daily, you will be able to have victory in your life regardless of your circumstances.

We'd love to talk with you about your decision to know God through a relationship with His Son, Jesus.

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