Taylor alumnus and pastor Dr. Ron Johnson, Jr., will be the featured speaker for next week’s Spring Spiritual Renewal services in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. He will speak Monday and Wednesday during the 10 am chapel hour, and also at 7:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday. Johnson’s theme is Jesus, The Preeminent One from Colossians 1:16-18.
Johnson serves as the senior pastor of Living Stones Church in Crown Point, Indiana. He founded the ROAR school of ministry, a one-year "rapid deployment" training school which leads to an Associate Degree in Practical Theology or Intercultural Studies. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he serves as the executive director of the Indiana Pastors Alliance, a network of clergy, churches and Christian organizations who have come together to advance and defend the cause of faith, family and freedom throughout the state. Ron’s passion is to see pastors take a more active role as leaders in their communities.
Johnson is a 1984 graduate of Taylor University where he served as Student Body President and was the recipient of the Taylor Student Leader of the Year Award. After he graduated, he earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regent University, and was honored with Regent’s Award of Excellence as the outstanding graduate in the School of Education. He then returned to Taylor where he served as the Samuel Morris residence hall director from 1986-88. In May 2005, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University with a special emphasis in organizational leadership and Christian worldview.
He has an extensive background of ministering to young people and served as the youth pastor at Living Stones for twelve years. During that time, he took hundreds of teens overseas on short-term humanitarian trips to over a dozen different nations. He is the author of a youth discipleship curriculum called The College of the Cause, which has been used to train thousands of teens in the basics of a biblical worldview.
“Our Spiritual Renewal services are always an opportunity to refine our focus on Christ in the midst of our hectic schedules,” said Jon Cavanagh, Taylor’s campus pastor. “I have known Ron Johnson for a number of years and am thoroughly impressed with his integrity as a pastor and man of God. His topic next week on the theme of Christ’s preeminence will be a great study of Jesus and His love, power and truth.”
Johnson and his wife Marion are the parents of eight children.