Faculty Profiles

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Keith Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology,
Undergraduate Chair

On Faculty since 2008
BGH 558


Dr. Johnson teaches introductory courses in theology along with advanced electives on major doctrines and figures. In 2022, he received the Senior Teaching Achievement Award in recognition of sustained excellence in teaching as a faculty member at Wheaton College. The author and editor of several books, Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on modern and contemporary theology, the Protestant dogmatic tradition, and theological pedagogy. He currently is writing a monograph on Karl Barth and the challenge of Christian nationalism.

Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., 2008

Duke Divinity School
Th.M., 2004

Baylor University
M.Div., 2002

Baylor University
B.A., 1999

  • Modern and Contemporary Systematic Theology
  • Major Christian doctrines, including the Trinity and Christology
  • Protestant dogmatics in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Key figures including Athanasius, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Cone
  • Dialogues between the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Karl Barth Society of North America
  • International Bonhoeffer Society



Dr. Johnson’s research has included a focus on theological pedagogy, as shown in his publication of the textbook Theology as Discipleship, which is used in courses at Wheaton College. He also has published widely on the theology of Karl Barth, including most recently The Essential Karl Barth. In his current book project, he is examining Barth’s engagement with German Christian nationalism from 1932-1935 and drawing out its implications for the contemporary American context.

  • BITH 111 Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • BITH 315 Christian Thought
  • BITH 374 Systematic Theology
  • BITH 375 Christian Ethics
  • BITH 377 Contemporary Theology
  • BITH 385 The Doctrine of the Triune God
  • BITH 391 Doctrine of Salvation
  • BITH 392 Doctrine of Scripture
  • BITH 398 Eastern Orthodox Theology
  • BITH 399 Readings in Eastern Orthodox Theology
  • BITH 484/558 The Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • BITH 486 Theology of John Calvin
  • BITH 488/558 Theology of Karl Barth
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology (online)
  • BITH 656 Modern Theology
  • BITH 675 Advanced Systematic Theology: Nature and Grace
  • CORE 101 First Year Seminar





How Should We Face Death?

Death stands against us as a hostile enemy. Yet, as Dr. Keith Johnson unpacks in this TowerTalk, we do not fear death because we also remember that death has been defeated by Jesus Christ who awaits us on the other side.


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