Susanne Johnson

Associate Professor of Christian Education

Susanne Johnson




Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Practical Theology, 1984; Phillips Theological Seminary, M.Div. 1977; Phillips University, B.A., 1972.

Teaching Specialties

Practical Theology; Christian Religious Education; Education for Social Justice; Ministry with Children.

Research Interests

Christian spiritual formation; immigration issues and practical theology; church and theology in public life; youth and adults in sociopolitical movements and faith-based community organizing; social class and intersectional issues; justice-making as a theological means of grace

Selected Publications

:: “Decoloniality and Liberating Hope at the Border.” In (De)coloniality and Religious Practices: Liberating Hope, edited by Valburga Schmiedt Streck, Júlio Cézar Adam, and Cláudio Carvalhaes, Tuebingen, Germany, 2021.

:: “The Arts and Liturgies of Resistance at the Border: The Case of ElFaro Border Church in Friendship Park, California.” Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Vol. 30, No. 1 (2018).

:: “Speaking Together Differently to Live Together Differently: The Promise of the Public Dialogue Movement,” Religious Education, 113:3 (2018), 277-288.

:: “Feminist practical theology and (un)making structural violence against immigrant women and families,” Revista Pistis & Praxis (Teologica E Pastoral), Curitiba, Brazil: The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná 10:1 (2018).

:: “Class Matters in an Age of Empire: White Feminist Working-Class American Speaks.  God Loves Diversity and Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak about Faith, Politics, and the World. Susanne Scholz, ed. Lexington Books, 2013.

Professional Distinctions

Past President, the Association for Practical Theology (APT); Past President, the Religious Education Association (REA); Elected to membership in the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT).