Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation
Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary, Kristen Deede 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. Through her teaching and writing, Kristen seeks to help Christians become increasingly aware of the importance of theological formation and cultural discernment. She has written Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge University Press) and an array of articles and book chapters. Her latest book with Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission called Justice Calling was chosen for Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Awards.
Kristen grew up outside of Washington, DC, with a few of her growing up 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 young children, Trygve and Ella, and a big dog named Whidbey. 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.
Our gracious God calls us to live as God’s children through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. In Christ and through the Spirit, we are able to respond to this gift with gratitude as we are formed more and more into the people of God. All that we want to do for God in ministry and through our different callings is motivated by love and gratitude to God for all that God has done for and in us and this world, and by the amazing realization that this God who lived, died, and rose again in the person of Jesus Christ continues to be alive and active in us and in this world.