Dr. Johnson was born in Houston and grew up in Lake Charles, La., graduating from Lake Charles High School in 1970. He then attended Louisiana College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in Religion and minors in Greek and history. At Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary he received the Broadman Seminarian Award for outstanding achievement in biblical studies. In the summers during his years in college and graduate school he served in four different churches in various capacities. While in seminary he met his wife Martha. They have two daughters and now a two-year-old granddaughter.
His first full-time teaching position began at Wayland Baptist University, in Plainview, TX, where he taught from 1982-1992. He then taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1992-2002. While there he spent a sabbatical year studying in Tübingen, Germany. In 2003, he took up his current position as Professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University.
Dr. Johnson is an active churchman. He enjoys singing in choir. He has served on several committees, but he especially enjoys teaching Bible studies. He is both an ordained minister and an ordained deacon.
Students who do well in my class are those who have learned how to listen critically and take good notes, who engage in class discussion, who read the textbooks carefully, and who write papers with thorough research and clarity of expression.
The faculty at ETBU continues to inspire lifelong learning and scholarship dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ as the foundation for all of our life and knowledge.
The students here exude enthusiasm for missions and ministry. It is a joy to behold.
I try to examine everything to see if it is faithful to the Bible as the Word of God. That task demands attention to every area of human existence and learning. This task is simply obedience to the command to take every thought captive to Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
Professor of Religion, '03
School of Christian Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977
Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana College, 1974
Areas of expertise:
Old Testament; Old Testament theology; biblical theology
Society of Biblical Literature
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Vice-President of Southwest Region, 2008
President of Southwest Region, 2009
Institute for Biblical Research