HBU Press Releases
Christian Thinkers Society Founder Joins Faculty of Houston Baptist University
July 3, 2014
Houston Baptist University
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Andrews
July 3, 2014 KAndrews@hbu.edu
Houston Baptist University is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeremiah Johnston has joined the School of Christian Thought faculty as an Associate Professor and will also serve as special assistant to President Robert B. Sloan, Jr. A New Testament scholar and apologist, Dr. Johnston speaks regularly on university campuses, and at churches and popular venues. He has over ten years experience as a teaching pastor in the mega-church arena, and is adept at making technical information accessible at the lay level.
Dr. Johnston is also the founder of the Christian Thinkers Society (CTS), which aims to “teach pastors and Christians how to become thinkers and thinkers how to become Christians. ” CTS has entered into an exclusive university affiliation agreement with HBU and will collaborate with the University on various initiatives. The partnership is both strategic and natural, because the interests and strengths of the two organizations are so well aligned: CTS is known in apologetic circles for producing lively and informative interviews, symposiums, and broadcasts with the world’s brightest thinkers speaking to issues of faith, culture, and society. HBU is fast gaining a reputation as a premiere academic center for Christian philosophy and apologetics.
Together, HBU and CTS will conduct conferences around the world featuring prominent culture influencers, Christian leaders, and scholars, several of whom are HBU professors. The conferences will address the most pertinent Christian apologetic issues of the day. Plans are already in the works for a 36-city tour including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, and Calgary. HBU and CTS will also make apologetic resources and tools available to pastors and laity on trans-media platforms, including branded flash drives, an Internet subscription service, iTunes U, books, podcasts, and streaming video. The goal is to provide ongoing training that will enable leaders and laity worldwide to become articulate defenders of the historic Christian faith.
“Dr. Johnston is a leader in the translation of academic discussions, especially in philosophical, theological, and historical areas, into public media spaces,” said HBU President Robert B. Sloan, Jr. “We look forward to his work in making important topics available to the public through the use of television, video streaming, and other media.”
Though Johnston’s initial efforts will focus on events sponsored by HBU’s School of Christian Thought, Provost John Mark Reynolds said Johnston will ultimately help support all of the University’s academic departments. “HBU regularly hosts excellent conferences with prominent academics and speakers, including political leaders, a Noble Prize winner in chemistry, and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Johnston will use his extensive media contacts and experience to promote these opportunities for learning and enrichment to the national Academy and to the general public. He will also help ensure conferences sponsored across all of our academic disciplines integrate aspects of the Christian worldview, in keeping with the mission of HBU.”
Citing the University’s 12-year vision to become a national, comprehensive university while retaining a robust Christian faith as a primary reason for joining HBU, Johnston said, “It is an honor to assist and serve Dr. Sloan in fulfillment of the Ten Pillars
vision. I chose to collaborate with HBU because, in my opinion, the leadership is the very finest in the nation.”
Johnston joins an accomplished faculty of philosophers, theologians, and apologists in HBU’s School of Christian Thought, including David Capes, William Lane Craig, Michael Licona, Nancy Pearcey, Mary Jo Sharp, Lee Strobel, John Mark Reynolds, Jerry Walls, and Michael Ward.
Notable faculty appointments are only part of the momentum building at HBU; the University is making steady progress on its Master Plan for development of the academic, residential and retail zones on its campus, and celebrated an all-time-high enrollment of freshman and total students in the fall semester of 2013. Additionally, fall of 2014 will mark the newly formed Husky football team’s first official season of NCAA Division I play.
About Houston Baptist University
Founded in 1960, HBU is an independent Christian university that offers enriched academic and student life experiences in a major metropolitan area. As a result of implementing its twelve-year vision, The Ten Pillars: Faith and Reason in a Great City
, HBU is on a trajectory to become a comprehensive, national university. By fostering the intellectual, moral, and spiritual development of its students, the University provides “A Higher Education,” one that prepares students to succeed not only in their careers, but also in life. For more information about HBU, please visit hbu.edu.
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