Dennis E. Johnson

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Professor of Practical Theology
Dennis E. Johnson

Dr. Johnson has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1982. He previously pastored Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and East Los Angeles, California. After teaching New Testament for 16 years, he now teaches primarily preaching and ministry courses, in which he applies his background in biblical studies to the issues of ministry, the church, and the culture.

Dr. Johnson is Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church, a Presbyterian Church in America congregation in Escondido. He has served as moderator of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church General Assembly and Presbytery of Southern California, moderator of South Coast Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in America, member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Christian Education, and trustee of Covenant College. Dr. Johnson preached and taught in various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

What I Want to Instill in My Students
“First of all, I want to make sure my students are trusting in Christ’s death and his righteousness alone for their standing before God. When I teach preaching, I really want to emphasize that no matter what text of the Bible we are preaching from, the question we need to ask is, ‘How does this relate to Christ?’ I also want my students to leave WSC as servants of Christ who are winsomely bold. Not arrogantly bold, but humbly bold.”

Areas of Interest and Research
Homiletics; Hermeneutics, especially the interrelation of the OT and the NT; Christian education, especially the process of encouraging growth in godliness by exhibiting the diverse implications of the gospel of God’s grace in Christ

What is Counseling from the Cross?

An interview with Dennis E. Johnson
Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ
Heralds of the King: Christ-centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney (editor)
Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
Let’s Study Acts
Philippians (Reformed Expository Commentary)
The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption
Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation

He has written essays and articles in various publications, including:
Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry (contributor)
English Standard Version Study Bible (contributor)
Heralds of the King: Christ-centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney (contributor)
Journal of the Evangelical Homiletical Society
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Modern Reformation
Resurrection and Eschatology (contributor)
Speaking the Truth in Love (contributor)
Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible (contributor)
The New Testament Student and Theology (contributor)
The Pattern of Sound Doctrine (contributor)
Theonomy: A Reformed Critique (contributor)
Westminster Theological Journal
NT515 Philippians
PT500 Ministry of the Word in Worship
PT600 Ministry of Discipleship in the Church
PT604 Practicum: Preaching Doctrinal/Ethical Texts
PT643 Women in Family, Church, and Society
PT704 Practicum: Preaching Style & Audience Analysis
ITS510 The Epistle to the Hebrews
FE691 Pastoral Internship
Course descriptions are available in the WSC Catalogue.