Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). Located in the Washington, DC metro area, NRB is an international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of viewers, listeners and readers worldwide.
The mission of the NRB is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. This is accomplished by expanding opportunities for the Gospel in electronic media; providing educational and networking opportunities for its members; and protecting the rights and interests of Christian broadcasters in legislative and regulatory arenas.
Dr. Johnson previously served as President of Criswell College in Dallas, TX.
He is a graduate of Criswell College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He received a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Denver Seminary in Denver, CO, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Johnson also studied at Oxford University in England.
Dr. Johnson served in the senior administration and on the faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Associated with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in various roles for 14 years, Johnson was Dean of Boyce College, served on the seminary's executive cabinet, was Assistant Director of Development, a Trustee, and Board Chairman for two years.
He also 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.
Under his leadership as President of Criswell College, the school expanded its curriculum, established a 100% online degree program, and enjoyed significant increases in enrollment. Johnson garnered a multi-million dollar land gift, secured funding for two endowed teaching chairs, and raised financial support to establish The Timothy Program (which funds tuition, mission trips, and mentoring for six top students annually). He is the founder and Director of the Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program.
Johnson has written and delivered numerous theological position papers; published various articles, editorials, and studies; and traveled on numerous international mission trips.
His pastoral and ministry experience include pastorates at Ireland Baptist Church, Ireland, Texas; Central Baptist Church, Aurora, Colorado; and, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Littleton, Colorado. He also served as a ministry intern at the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. In addition, Johnson has held interim pastorates in Indiana, Kentucky, and Texas.
He currently serves on the board of the NRB Network. (Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the NRB Network is the non-profit programming entity created by NRB to gain expanded media access for the programs of NRB members. Currently, these programs are distributed through a non-commercial channel on DIRECTV (channel 378).)
He is married to Rhonda and they have two children, Isaiah and Eva.