Johnston is a 1991 graduate of Scott City High School, a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, and is pursuing a master's degree from the university. She is faith editor at the Columbia Missourian, and assistant professor at the university, where she teaches journalism.
Powers is a 1987 graduate of Oakville High School in St. Louis County, and a 1991 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He works for Missouri House of Representatives.
The couple plans a private wedding in June in Cape Girardeau.