William Johnson

Annual Lecture Series

The William M. Johnson Lecture Series began in 2011.  The purpose of the lectures is to address the spiritual, intellectual, ethical, and social issues facing us as a Christian community.  Our lecturers have included: 
  • Dr. Paul Duke (former pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville and currently co-pastor with his wife Stacey of the First Baptist Church, Ann Arbor, MI);

  • Dr. Gary Dorrien (Reinhold Niebuhr Prof. of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, NYC, and recent recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in religion);

  • Dr. Amy Pauw (Prof. of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary);

  • Carrie Newcomer (songwriter, musician, and self-describe “prairie mystic”);

  • Wendell Berry (who needs no introduction);

  • Dr. David Gushee (Distinguished University Prof. of Christian Ethics, Mercer University, and Social Ethics Chair, the Free University of Amsterdam);

  • Dr. Brent Walker (former Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Washington D. C.);

  • In 2019, a weekend honoring Dr. E. Glenn Hinson, with lectures by 6 of his former students and colleagues.

  • In 2021 we presented; Honoring the Legacy of Diana Garland: Serving the Least of These. The recorded lectures can be found below.

  • In September 2022, we’re looking forward to presenting,”Glad Reunion: Celebrating the Ministry and Legacy of John R. Claypool.” For more information on the upcoming lectures, please see the full announcement below.