Todd E. Johnson

William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts School of Theology

Contact Information
BA, North Park College
MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary
MA, PhD, University of Notre Dame

Todd E. Johnson joined Fuller in 2005 and is the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts. As a faculty member for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, he was the lead professor in the PhD concentration in Christian Worship (formerly Worship and Culture). He is currently coleader of the new PhD program in Worship and Preaching, launched in Fall 2017, with Ogilvie Chair Michael Pasquarello. He also serves as the theological director of the Brehm Center.

Johnson has a wide range of experience in education, ministry, and social services. Before coming to Fuller, he served on the faculties of North Park Theological Seminary and Loyola University, Chicago. Ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, he has 20 years of experience in church and campus ministry and has been involved in inner-city youth work and community projects in Chicago and the surrounding area.

Johnson is the coauthor of Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders (2010), coeditor of Common Worship in Theological Education (2010), editor of The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st Century (2002), and coauthor of Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue (2009), as part of the Engaging Culture series edited by Fuller professors Robert Johnston and William Dyrness. Johnson is also the recipient of grants to develop pedagogical resources for teaching theology and worship, including interactive software and web apps.

Johnson is currently completing a book on the evolution of the theology of Evelyn Underhill, as well as conducting a study on the effect of embodied practices on the depth and duration of spiritual formation through those practices. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Academy of Homiletics, the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and he serves as an editorial board member for Questions Liturgique.

Courses Taught

  • CH507: Christian Worship: History and Theology
  • CH534/834: Liturgical History
  • SP523/823: Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry
  • ST578/878: The Shape of Liturgical Theology
  • TC517: Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
  • TC518: Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
  • TC547: Drama and the Christian Faith
  • TC548/848: Ritual Studies
  • TC551: Theology and Theater
  • TC565/865: Worship and Culture
  • TH577/877: Sacraments and Sacramentality
  • TH579/879: Mystical Theology
  • WS500: Christian Worship: Leadership and Practice
  • WS513/813: Ancient-Future Worship
  • WS516/816: The Word in Worship
  • WS518: Worship Ministry and the Lord's Day
  • WS519: Worship Ministry and the Seasons of Life
  • WS741: Worship in Theory and Practice

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Liturgical and sacramental theology, liturgical history, patristics, homiletics, theology and art, ritual studies, spirituality and mysticism



  • Mysticism and Liturgy in the Thought of Evelyn Underhill. Julian Paper no. 8. Order of Julian of Norwich, 1993.
  • Editor, The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st Century. Brazos Press, 2002.
  • Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. Engaging Culture. By Todd E. Johnson and Dale Savidge. Baker Academic, 2009.
  • Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders, James Caccamo, Todd E. Johnson and Lester Ruth. Brazos Press, 2010.

Articles and Reviews

  • Liturgical Studies: Convergence Worship.” Ex Auditu 8 (1992).
  • “Evelyn Underhill: Middle-way within the via media?” The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter, November 1993.
  • “Pneumatological Oblation,” “Pacifism and the Eucharist,” and “Ritual Embodiment of Parish Ministries.” The Ministries of Worship. The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Vol. 7, 1994. Edited by Robert Webber.
  • “Pneumatological Oblation: Evelyn Underhill’s Theology of the Eucharist” Worship 68 (1994).
  • “Rituals of Healing: Our Dance Over the Abyss” Assembly 20 (1994).
  • “Ordination or Initiation? Balthasar Hubmaier’s Rite of Baptism” Studia Liturgica 25 (1995).
  • “The Sermons of Francis Asbury: Reconstruction and Analysis” Methodist History 33 (1995).
  • “Recovering ägyptisches Heimatgut: An exercise in Liturgical Methodology” Questions Liturgique 76 (1995).
  • “The Three Faces of Evelyn Underhill,” The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter, November 1997.
  • “Ritual Healing: A Model of Ritual Efficacy?” Questions Liturgique 78 (1997).
  • “Rethinking Infant Initiation” Catholic Issues: An On-Line Journal,, 1998.
  • “Evelyn Underhill’s Pneumatology: Origins and Implications” The Downside Review 116 (1998).
  • Review of Mary Catherine Hilkert, Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination, in Catholic Issues: An On-Line Journal
  • “Anglican Writers at Century’s End: An Evelyn Underhill Primer” Anglican Theological Review 80 (1998).
  • “All I ever needed to know about the Sacraments I learned at Bible Camp” The Covenant Companion 87 (no. 10) (1998).
  • “Normative Pietist Worship?” Pietisten 12 (3) (1998).
  • “Johnny Appleseed Grace,” The Covenant Companion 88 (1) (1999).
  • Review of Edward Muir, Ritual in Early Modern Europe, in Church History 68 (1999).
  • Review of Annice Callahan, Evelyn Underhill in Anglican Theological Review 81(1999).
  • “English Sacramental Theology from Lux Mundi to World War II: A Touchstone for Liturgical Theology” Doxology 16 (1999).
  • “Millennium Hopes for my Children,” Loyola Magazine Winter 2000 (1999).
  • Review of Richard Marius, Martin Luther in The Journal of Religious Education 94 (1999).
  • Review of Keith Pecklers, Unread Vision in Anglican Theological Review 82 (2000).
  • Holy Week Meditations, The Home Altar, Spring 2000.
  • Review of Ray Noll, Sacraments: A NEW Understanding for a NEW Generation, in The Journal of Religious Education (2000).
  • “Philip Jakob Spener’s Liturgical Theology,” The Covenant Quarterly (2000).
  • “A Room Divided” Ex Auditu 16 (2000).
  • “Summer Respite: An Invitation to Contemplative Prayer,” Narthex, August 2001.
  • Review of Bruce Morrill, Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory, in Doxology 18 (2001).
  • “Liturgy of Healing and Communion,” The Covenant Book of Worship (2001).
  • “Video: Monstrance for a New Millennium,” Prism 9 (2002).
  • “My Father’s Hands,” Loyola Magazine Spring 2002 (2002).
  • “Truth Decay: Rethinking Evangelism in the New Century” in The Strange New Word of the Gospel: Re-Evangelizing in the Postmodern World, edited by Carl Braaten and Robert Jenson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002).
  • “Disconnected Rituals: The Origins of the Seeker Service” in The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st Century, ed. Todd E. Johnson, (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2002).
  • Review of Christopher Seitz, Nicene Christianity in Catholic Issues (2002).
  • Review of Bryan Spinks, Sacraments, Ceremonies and the Stuart Divines in Church History 72:3 (September 2003).
  • “What My Father Left Me” The Covenant Companion 92 (no. 6) 2003.
  • “A Tale of Three Churches: Using Drama in Worship” Reformed Worship 70 (December 2003).
  • “Fine Dining in a Fast Food World” The Covenant Companion 93 (no. 2) 2004.
  • Review of Robert Whalen, The Poetry of Immanence in Church History 73:2 (June 2004).
  • “Heads Up: Tracing the Battle Lines in the Worship Wars” Liturgy 19 (2004).
  • Review of Plantinga and Rozebooom, Discerning Spirits in Doxology 21 (2004).
  • “Welcoming the Word” Homily Service 38 (no. 8) July 2005.
  • “Resurrecting the Protestant Funeral Sermon” Liturgy 21, no. 1 (2006). I was also the guest editor of this volume on Funerals.
  • “Protestant Sacramental Theology: Twenty-five years along” In Spirit and in Truth, Anderson and Clifton-Soderstrom, eds. Chicago: Covenant Press, 2006.
  • “Welcoming the Word” Homily Service 39, no. 12 (2006).
  • “Hoping to Death: Baptism, Eschatology and Ethics” Liturgy 22, no. 1 (2007).
  • Review of Dell deChant, The Sacred Santa: Religious Dimensions of Consumer Culture in Doxology 24 (2007).
  • Review of Rashkover and Pecknold, Liturgy, Time, and the Politics of Redemption in Doxology 24 (2007).
  • “Healing Word,” Homily Service 41.2, 2008 (commentary on lections for the Easter Season).
  • “Ambassadors of Reconciliation? Observations and Lessons Learned from Evangelical Churches” Liturgy 23.4, 2008.
  • “Sacramentality and Sacraments,” in The Global Dictionary of Christian Theology (InterVarsity Press 2008).
  • “Can’t Buy Me God? Worship in a time of economic decline.” Worship Leader March 2009.
  • “Blessing and Benediction in Protestant Christianity,” in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Gruter). 2009.
  • “Sacrament, Sacraments,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Abingdon, 2009.
  • Ora et Labora: Reflections on the (Non-) History of Seminary Chapel” in Common Worship in Theological Education, eds. Siobhán Garrigan and Todd E. Johnson; Pickwick Publications, 2009.
  • “Winds of the Spirit: Traditions of Christian Spirituality” and “Life as Prayer: The Development of Evelyn Underhill’s Spirituality” in Theology, News & Notes 56 (No. 2, Fall 2009). Integrated by Todd E. Johnson.
  • “Blessed Evelyn Underhill: 1875-1941” in John-Julian Swanson, OJN, Stars in a Dark World (Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, 2009).
  • “Too Deep for Words” GIA Quarterly 21(4) 2010. Part 1 of 3-part “Master’s Corner” essay.
  • Commentary on the Lessons for All Saints and All Souls Day. Homily Service, Year C (No. 4) 2010.
  • “Centering Prayer,” “Cloud of Unknowing,” “Dance,” “Doxology,” “English Mystics,” Thomas Keating,” Liturgical Prayer,” “Basil Pennington,” “Ritual” and “Vision of God,” Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, ed. Glen Scorgie. Zondervan, 2011.
  • “Praise, Poiesis and the Art of Worship” GIA Quarterly 22(1) 2011. Part 2 of 3-part “Master’s Corner” essay.
  • “High Techne Worship” GIA Quarterly 22(2) 2011. Part 3 of 3-part “Master’s Corner” essay.
  • “A Vision Unread?” in “The State of Liturgical Renewal,” a special issue of Liturgy 26(4) 2011, edited by Todd E. Johnson.
  • “‘Shall We Dance?’ A Response to Curtis Thompson.” The Religion and Culture Web Forum, September 2011.
  • “Wisdom at the Confluence of Worship Theology and the Arts” Theology, News & Notes 58 (1) Spring 2012.
  • Review of C. John Weborg, Made Healthy in Ministry for Ministry, in The Covenant Companion Vol. CI. April 2012.
  • “Redeeming Performance or Performing Redemption?” E-News for Pastors, May 3, 2012.
  • “The End of Worship” Worship Leader, March/April 2011.
  • Review of Gerardo Marti, Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation in Christian Scholars Review 42 (1) 2012.
  • “Redeeming Performance” Liturgy 28 (3) 2013.
  • “Contemporary Musical Culture and Evangelical Christian Worship,” Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel. Volume 2: Literature, Music, Popular Art and Merchandise. Robert H. Woods, ed. Praeger, 2013.
  • Forum Essay. Review of T.H. Luhrmann, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, in Spiritus 12 (1) 2013.
  • Review of Robin A. Parry. Worshipping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, Second Edition, in Pneuma 35 (2) 2013.
  • “On The Teaching of Worship: Musings, Opinions and Hopes” Association of Reformed and Liturgical Worship Newsletter 4 (2) Fall 2013.
  • “Doing God’s Story: Theatre, Christian Initiation, and Being Human Together,” in Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith, ed. Wesley Vander Lugt and Trevor Hart, 153-77. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.
  • “The Search for Vocation” Theology, News & Notes, Fall 2014.
  • Review of Michael J. Bauer, Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People. In Christian Scholars Review 44 (2) 2015.
  • “The Elements of Worship.” The Covenant Companion, March 4, 2015.
  • “Defining Worship: In Search of Biblical Bedrock,” The Covenant Companion, forthcoming.


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