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.);

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

This year’s annual William M. Johnson Lecture Series, Honoring the Legacy of Diana Garland: Serving the Least of These, was held on September 25, 2021. The recorded lectures can be found below.