B.A. University of Virginia

Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Scotland


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  • MN102 Practice of Discipleship
  • MN533 Justice, Discipleship & the Church
  • MN539 Living the Christian Life According to Pop Christian Culture

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Kristen Deede Johnson

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

Kristen Deede 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.

Dr. Johnson’s teaching and scholarship engage areas of theology, discipleship and formation, justice, culture, and political theory. In partnership with International Justice Mission, she and co-author Bethany Hanke Hoang recently wrote the award-winning The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance (Brazos Press, 2016). Other publications include Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and an array of book chapters, articles, and book reviews. In 2018, Kristen was named as one of “10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing” by Christianity Today.

Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary, Kristen 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.

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 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.

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.

To inquire about having Kristen Johnson speak, please email her