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NRB Chooses Johnson as New President and CEO

Former president of Criswell College will lead association of Christian communicators

The Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters has chosen Dr. Jerry A. Johnson as the association’s new president and CEO.

Johnson was unanimously elected on Oct. 1 by the Board of Directors to replace outgoing President and CEO Dr. Frank Wright.

Johnson most recently served as president of Criswell College in Dallas. While at Criswell, he oversaw the operation of one of the nation’s leading major market Christian radio stations, KCBI(FM) in Dallas, which was recognized by NRB as Station of the Year in 2011.

Johnson graduated from Criswell College in 1986, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Conservative Baptist Seminary in Denver in 1997, and in 2003, he received his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Johnson also studied at Oxford University in England and served as director of the Oxford Distinguished Scholars Program.

Prior to his current role, Johnson served in the senior administration and faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Associated with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in various roles for 14 years, Johnson served as dean of Boyce College, served on the seminary’s executive cabinet, acted as assistant director of development and was a trustee from 1989 to 1998, twice serving as board chairman.

In addition, Johnson served as vice president for academic development, dean of the faculty, and professor of ethics and theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., from 2009 to 2010.

“If Christians want to be heard by the current generation, they will have to communicate the gospel in their ‘media language’ with excellence,” said Johnson.