Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs
G.W. and Edna Haworth Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs
B.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Scotland
“We want to be imaginative people, envisioning and embodying re-imaged structures that promote human flourishing as we seek God’s Kingdom in this world.”
Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

From Cultivating Kingdom Imagination: A vision of discipleship and institutional engagement, April 2022

About Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

In 2018, Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson was named one of the “10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing” by Christianity Today.

Dr. Johnson provides wisdom and leadership to the academic affairs of the seminary and represents Western in significant and impactful ways through her writing and speaking.

Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary, Dr. Johnson was the founding director of the Studies in Ministry Minor and the Center for Ministry Studies at Hope College, programs dedicated to upholding the significance of theological formation, spiritual growth, cultural engagement, and vocational discernment.

Dr. Johsnon grew up outside of Washington, DC, with a few of her early years spent in Germany and England. She met her husband, Tryg, at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland while in graduate school. Together they have two children, Trygve and Ella, and a dog named Ebey. They are grateful to be able to serve God through their different callings at home, work, and in the community and to worship God through Christ and the Spirit at Pillar Church in downtown Holland.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Johnson’s teaching and scholarship engage areas of theology, discipleship and formation, justice, culture, and political theory.


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Books by Dr. Johnson

The justice calling

The Justice Calling

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Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism

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Courses taught by Dr. Johnson

  • MN102: Practice of Discipleship

  • MN533: Justice, Discipleship & the Church

  • MN539: Living the Christian Life According to Pop Christian Culture

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