Jay E. Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture

Academic Director, Ignite Institute @ PSR
Director, Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) and Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)

Academic Credentials: 
BA, Wheaton College, 1983; MDiv, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, 1988; PhD, The Graduate Theological Union, 1998
“What happens in the classroom should make a difference in how we live in the world. I’m passionate about connecting sustained theological reflection to the work of ministry and social justice advocacy. Pacific School of Religion is a wonderful place to put that passion into practice. The wealth of diverse experiences PSR students bring to the school always shape lively conversations and contribute invaluable insights to the ongoing development of Christian theological traditions.”

Dr. Johnson is an Episcopal priest and has served congregations in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union. He came to PSR as a staff member at the school’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) in 2003 and began teaching courses for the school’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion program, for which he now serves as the coordinator. He also coordinates the new Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC).

Dr. Johnson's research and writing interests include the intersections of critical social theory (especially queer theory) and Christian theological traditions, theological anthropology and Christian eschatology, and multimedia/pop-cultural influences on constructive theology. In addition to numerous articles sexuality, Christian theology, and spirituality, he is the author of Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope (2005), as well as co-editor with Donald Boisvert, of a two-volume anthology, Queer Religion (2011).

More recently he is the author of Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (2013) and Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness (2014).

Dr. Johnson also serves on the editorial board of the journal Theology and Sexuality and is a popular retreat leader and workshop leader in congregations around the country.