Johnson was inaugurated
as the first J. Philip Hogan professor of world missions
on October 11, 2006. In his inaugural lecture, "Apostolic
Function and Mission," he tackled the decline of cross-cultural
missions emphases in the church.
About Dr. Johnson
Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He and
his wife of 28 years, Lynette, have lived primarily in Thailand
for the past two decades. They have worked in church planting
and various forms of formal and informal training with the Thailand
Assemblies of God. In recent years they have begun pioneer work
among the urban poor, developing a house church network and ministries
to children in a series of slum communities in Bangkok.
In addition to his work with the urban poor, Dr. Johnson has been involved
in several functions at a broader level that coalesce around
least-reached peoples. These ministries include the Strategic
Church Planting Initiative in the Asia Pacific region which focuses
on developing new church planting teams among least reached groups,
the Institute for Buddhist Studies that trains people working
among people groups influenced by Buddhist worldviews, and the
Acts 1:8 Project which is an international committee focusing
on emerging missions movements and unreached people groups in
the Assemblies of God worldwide fellowship.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Northwest University (B.A. in Pastoral
Ministry), AGTS (M.A. in Biblical Studies), and Azusa Pacific
University M.A. in Social Sciences). He has recently defended
his PhD dissertation at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/University
of Wales and will officially receive his degree soon. His
dissertation is an ethnographic work on social influence processes
in a slum community in Bangkok.
Dr. Johnson and Lynette have two grown daughters, Laura and Becki,
who are both alumni of Northwest University. Laura, and her husband,
Mark Snider, whose parents are also missionaries, live in Memphis,
TN, where he is doing a pediatric residency while she works on
a M.F.A. in creative writing. Becki is currently in Seattle developing
a ministry to share the vision for working among the least reached
in Northern Asia.
The Johnson's look forward to returning to Bangkok and their
work with slum dwellers next summer.
Next Hogan Lectures:
- Wednesday, November 1, 2:00-3:45
- Wednesday, November 29, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
The J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions at
AGTSis an endowed professorship that honors the missionary
leadership of this distinguished former executive director
of AGWM. As a partnership between AGTS and
AGWM, it calls on today’s missionaries and scholars to
continue in the heritage of thoughtful, incisive and Spirit-led
missiology that Brother Hogan’s ministry left us. Beginning
in 2006-2007, a leading missiologist will be invited annually
to fill the chair in order to explore new dimensions in missiology
through teaching, research and writing. Special thanks
are due to AGWM, the Hyllberg Memorial Fund, Philip and Virginia
Hogan and others who have contributed to the endowment of the
The pulpit in use during the inauguration
is from the Swedish Free Mission in Moorhead, Minnesota. This
congregation sent the first Pentecostal missionaries from North
America, Mary Johnson and Ida Anderson. They arrived in Durban,
South Africa in January, 1905, one and a half years before
the Azusa Street awakening. This pulpit’s permanent
home is the Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center on the upper
level of AGTS.
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