Todd E. Johnson

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

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

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

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

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

“To speak words is one thing; to sing the same words is another level of communication, and to add instrumentation to our singing deepens our communication still. God has provided for us a tremendous gift in our abilities to communicate profoundly to one another our hopes, fears, dreams, feelings, and beliefs. In many ways it is this that makes us fully human: our ability to incarnate the abstractions of our minds and hearts for others to encounter.”


Dr. Johnson reflects on the intersection of faith and art in his essay “Wisdom at the Confluence of Worship, Theology, and the Arts,” available here.


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. 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. Johnson recently completed a study on the effect of embodied practices on the depth and duration of spiritual formation through those practices with seminary students, and is now researching the history of worship music in the past century through the lens of the field of sound studies. He is a Vice-President of the Liturgical Conference, 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.

Download Dr. Johnson’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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