About Our Staff and Board

Bryce Johnson is the Founder and President of UNPACKIN’ it Ministries, Inc., and host of the UNPACKIN’ it® radio show. Bryce’s radio experience began at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he created a nationally-recognized show called SPORTS YAPP®.

After graduating with a degree in Communication/Electronic Media Broadcasting, Bryce took his sports talk show from the college ranks to the pros. He seized the opportunity to air weekdays on local Charlotte stations, and cover both the Panthers and Bobcats.

With a passion to bring faith and sports together, Bryce landed at the national Christian magazine, Sports Spectrum. Ultimately he was led to launch the nationally-syndicated faith and sports talk show, UNPACKIN’ it, in August 2012, and officially start UNPACKIN’ it Ministries in 2014.

Bryce also writes a weekday email devotional for sports fans called UNPACK this, produces podcasts with intriguing guests from the sports world, and is a speaker and emcee.

Bryce lives with his wife, Jodi, in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Growing up with two brothers, Bryce is a huge sports fan and admits to being competitive in everything from swimming to board games. A love for Jesus propels Bryce to live by His example and encourage sports fans everywhere to follow Him.

Darla Johnson is the Co-Founder and Vice President of UNPACKIN’ it, Ministries. She began the journey with Bryce when they launched his college-created show, SPORTS YAPPin Charlotte, North Carolina in 2009.

Earning a Journalism degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and graduating from Denver Paralegal Institute in Colorado, Darla enjoys using her experience and skills to impact God’s kingdom through UNPACKIN’ it®. She stays busy creating marketing materials and content for the website, editing our weekday devotional, communicating with the donors, managing our data base, keeping our books, and doing the administrative work for the ministry.

While raising three sons with her husband, Dean, she held both staff and leadership positions at local churches, and wrote numerous feature articles. 

Board of Directors:

Reid Fronk has been an integral part of the Unpackin’ it Ministries Board since the ministry’s inception in 2013.  Reid has provided leadership in several capacities on the board, but his primary focus has been in both development and strategy.

Graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reid also played baseball for the Tar Hills. He went on to be selected by the Tampa Bay Rays, where he played professionally for seven seasons, earning the 2008 Rays Minor League Team Player of the Year Award and the 2013 American Association Championship.

Currently, Reid serves as the Alumni Relations Liaison, while coaching both football and baseball at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reid is married to wife, Lindsey, who was an All-ACC swimmer at the University of North Carolina, and works in Community Relations for Novant Health. The couple resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with their daughter, Paige.

Mike Burch serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI). He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics and Industrial Relations, and later earned his masters in Sports Management at Georgia Southern University. Prior to coming to SMI, Mike was the vice president of marketing for both the Charlotte Hornets (NBA) and Charlotte Sting (WNBA).

In addition to his role at SMI, Burch stays current on the sports business industry as an adjunct professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University graduate sports leadership program. He teaches classes in sports sales, sports business and sports marketing, as well as, speaks on these topics around the country.

Mike also enjoys spending time with his wife, teen-aged son, and daughter.

Justin Ckezepis has lived in the Charlotte area since 1994, where he presently works as a Residential Real Estate Attorney. He first met Bryce while attending Appalachian State University, and will likely tell you that Bryce gave him his first “big break” when letting him operate the board during Bryce’s campus show, SPORTS YAPP.

After graduating with a degree in Communications/Electronic Media Broadcasting, Justin went on to attend law school at Charlotte School of Law. He became a licensed North Carolina Attorney, and started his own firm, Ckezepis Law, PLLC, in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Justin currently lives in Cornelius with his wife, Demi, and enjoys spending time with his family, boating on Lake Norman, and rooting for the Charlotte Panthers, Hornets, and Hounds.

Aaron Elliott is currently the  Senior Finance Director at Compass Group North America where he serves as the point person for many rebuilding efforts within the Risk and Insurance department. Alongside this, he is in partnership with several consulting and investment firms that specialize in revenue based funding initiatives. In this capacity he helps struggling businesses turn things around, helps new companies get off the ground, and makes financial investments that fuel growth where returns can be donated to nonprofits.

Aaron has also served in several strategic planning and analytical roles within the banking industry. Responsibilities have centered around growth strategies, regulatory changes, and workout sessions
related to the Wells Fargo and Wachovia merger.

Aaron currently resides in Denver, NC with his wife, Christine, and his son, Maverick.  They enjoy playing golf and traveling.