Executive Director of Campus Ministries

As the executive director of campus ministries, the Rev. Brian T. Johnson directs and supervises campus ministries at Valparaiso University. His work primarily involves the managing and coordinating three units: the Chapel of the Resurrection, the Institute for Leadership and Service, and the Center for Church Relations.

Before his work at Valpo, Johnson served for 15 years as campus chaplain and as the artistic director of “Christmas in Christ Chapel” at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. In addition, he has held a variety of administrative roles addressing vocational reflection, service learning, church relations, and inter-religious dialogue. He is also widely recognized for his work in enhancing worship, music, and the arts. He served from 1998 to 2006 as Chaplain of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a premier independent, inter-Lutheran organization supporting young musicians in the church.

Prior to becoming Campus Chaplain at Gustavus Adolphus, he was chaplain at the Lutheran/Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Kansas, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, and chaplain at United Hospital in St. Paul. Johnson has also published numerous articles on worship, music, and preaching, and he co-edited “The Spirit of Service: Exploring Faith, Service Learning, and Social Justice” and “Stories from Christian Neighbors: A Heart for Ecumenism.”

Education

S.T.M. – Yale University
M.Div. – Luther Theological Seminary
B.A. – Gustavus Adolphus College

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