Richard Johnson

Affilliate Associate Professor in Church HistorySchool of Theology

Contact Information
BA San Francisco State College
MDiv Yale Divinity School
PhD (History of Christiantiy) Graduate Theological Union

Biographical Information

Dr. Johnson has been a professor at Fuller Seminary Northern California and online for many years, he was a pastor of a Lutheran Church in Grass Valley for many years before retiring in 2012.

Classes Taught

  • CH500 Early Church History
  • CH502 Medieval and Reformation Church History
  • CH504 Modern Church History
  • CH506 American Church History

Areas of Expertise, Research and Writing

Modern Church History, Church History



"The Development of the Love Feast in American Methodism," Methodist History 19 (January 1981), 67-83.

"Henry E. Jacobs, the Sunday Question, and Confessional Reappraisal in Eastern Lutheranism," Lutheran Quarterly 13 (Autumn 1999), 285-303.

"The Contest for the West: Conflict and Cooperation in English Lutheran Home Missions on the West Coast," in Essays and Reports 20 (2002), 62-75.

"God's Song in a Strange Land: Early Lutheran Pastors in San Francisco," Word and World 24 (2004), 287-295.

"A Most Difficult Office: Establishing Lutheran Congregations in Early San Francisco," Essays and Reports 22 (2006), 245-259.

"Between Tyranny and Anarchy: Lutherans Seeking Structure" [Paper delivered 19 Oct. 2010 to the Society of the Holy Trinity; published on their web site].

"Richard W. Solberg: Historian, Lutheran Education, and Historian of Lutheran Education" [to be published in the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Society].

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