James P. Johnson

 James P. Johnson

AddressLexington Theological Seminary
631 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508

President, Lexington Theological Seminary

B.S., Wabash College, 1962
B.D., Lexington Theological Seminary, 1965
M.A., Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University, 1972
D.Min., Eden Theological Seminary, 1981

Jim Johnson, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), became president of Lexington Theological Seminary in August 2008. He previously served as a congregational pastor and denominational leader and most recently was in charge of planned giving for the Mayo Foundation in Rochester, MN.

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., in l962. He graduated from Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in l965. He received a master’s degree in Church Research and Planning from Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University, Indianapolis, in l972 and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Mo.) in l981. He received the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations from American College, Brawn Mawr, Pa. He is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

After graduating from LTS, he served congregations in Missouri and Florida. In 1980, he accepted the call to be a development officer for the Christian Church Foundation, a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He left the Foundation in 1986 to become president of the denomination’s Church Finance Council, a position he held until 1992 when he returned to the Foundation as president. During his tenure as president, the Foundation’s assets grew from about $50 million to more than $280 million. He left the Christian Church Foundation in 2003 to join the Mayo Foundation, helping that institution develop a planned giving program until leaving in 2007.

He and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children.

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