Joseph A. Johnson Jr. (1914 – September 29, 1979) was an African-American theologian. He was a professor of New Testament on the Interdenominational Theological Center and Fisk University, and a bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Johnson died on September 29, 1979 in Shreveport, at age 65. He was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Shreveport. In 1984, the Afro House on the campus of Vanderbilt University was renamed in his honor. In 2018, his portrait by Simmie Knox was added to Kirkland Hall, the administration constructing.
With his spouse Grace, Johnson had two sons and a daughter. One of his sons, Joseph Johnson III, was a physicist and Professor on the Florida A&M University.
Johnson was the second African American to serve board of belief of his alma mater, Vanderbilt University, from 1971 to 1979. He additionally served on the boards of Tyler College and the Iliff School of Theology.
Johnson authored six books. In The Soul of the Black Preacher, he argued that Christianity was a liberating issue for African Americans. Johnson labored on a brand new translation of the New Testament for 20 years.
Johnson turned a bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1966. By 1979, he was the presiding bishop of the Fourth Episcopal District in Mississippi and Louisiana. Johnson served on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. He was additionally the chairman of the fee on theology of the National Committee of Black Churchmen and the fee on worship of the Consultation on Church Union.
Johnson was a professor of New Testament on the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1969, he turned a professor of New Testament at Fisk University. He later turned a professor and finally the president of the Phillips School of Theology in Jackson, Tennessee.
Johnson was educated on the Monroe Colored High School. He attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas, adopted by the Iliff School of Theology. He graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, the place he earned a bachelor’s degreee (B.D.- bachelor of Divinity which at the moment is a Masters of Divinity)in 1954 and a PhD in 1958, at age 44. He was the primary African American to graduate from the college. He returned to the Iliff School of Theology, the place he earned a grasp’s diploma and a second PhD.
Johnson was born in 1914 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up poor in a shotgun home.