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BA, Yale University, 1972, magna cum laude, Religious Studies
MDiv, Yale Divinity School, 1976
Exams: Patristic Period: Montanism; Athanasius; Augustine & Augustinianism; History of Patristic & Medieval Exegesis; Modern Period: J.H. Newman, Mercersburg Theology; The Problem of Hermeneutics from the Reformation to the Modern Era
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989, Dissertation: “Purging the Poison: The Revision of Pelagius’ Pauline Commentaries by Cassiodorus and his Students”
Dr. David W. Johnson was called in 2001 to serve as director of Supervised Practice of Ministry (now called the Program of Formation in Ministry) at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Austin Seminary administration, Johnson served churches in Galveston and Irving, Texas, and Watchung, New Jersey. From 1989-1993 Johnson served as assistant professor of historical theology at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.
Johnson is the author of Trust in God: The Christian Life and the Book of Confessions (Geneva Press, 2013) as well as a number of articles, including "Making Theology Come Alive in the Parish," in the fall 1995 issue of Pro Ecclesia. He contributed two entries to the Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation: "Cassiodorus" and "Pelagius." Johnson also writes occasional book reviews, stories, essays, and poems.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Johnson is a member of Mission Presbytery.