Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:58

As family members looked on, William Johnson proposed to Dundalk resident Lisa Hill during last Thursday’s Dundalk Heritage Parade. 

Hill and Johnson get engaged during annual July 4 event

by Nicole Rodman

Dundalk resident Lisa Hill was watching the Dundalk Heritage Parade   with her family, including boyfriend William Johnson, last Thursday when she got the surprise of a lifetime.
    “I was standing along the street watching the parade, which was nearing its end, and minding my business, near the corner of Dunmanway and Shipping Place,” Hill told The Eagle last week. “My family was on the sidewalk behind me, where our chairs were.”
    Engrossed in the floats passing by, Hill suddenly heard her sister calling from behind her, asking her to come pose for a picture.
    Hill suspected nothing until she walked over to her sister and noticed something odd.
    “I walked over to her  and realized everyone was lined up with cell phones in hand,” she said, adding, “I was puzzled and asked ‘Why does everyone want to suddenly take a picture of us at the same time?’”
    Still confused, Hill was posing for the picture when her boyfriend came over and got down on one knee.
    It was then, before a stunned Hill and her delighted family, that Johnson asked Hill to be his wife.
    Shocked, with tears of joy streaming down her face, Hill quickly accepted the proposal.
    Hill would later learn that her now-fiancé and sister had been planning the proposal for the past month.
    “He and my sister              planned the surprise,” she said, “They really got me good!”
    As Hill explained, Johnson wanted to propose at the parade, since he knew that her closest family members would be there to witness the event.
    “It is a family tradition,”  Hil noted of attending the annual parade.
    Fittingly enough, Lisa Hill met William Johnson, a resident of Charles County, at a wedding.
    She was at the wedding serving as a coordinator, while Johnson was working as the photographer.
    Right from the start, Hill said, their faith in God has been a central part of their lives and relationship with one another.
    “From the first day we met, we both knew that God was in the middle of it all. We have kept him first and have trusted him with everything,” she explained.
    Both Hill and Johnson are deeply involved in their churches.
    Hill is a minister at Solid Rock Freewill Baptist Church in Baltimore, while Johnson serves as a deacon at Saint James Inspirational Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md.
    The newly-engaged couple is currently planning an intimate October wedding to take place in Prince George’s County.
    Once they are married, Hill and Johnson plan to reside in Dundalk.