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AGTS News: Professor Asks Difficult Questions About Meaning of Missions

Dr. 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.

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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 p.m.
  • 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 Chair.

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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Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 1:43 PM

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