Ben Campbell Johnson
Ben Campbell Johnson (1932–2016), professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Johnson was widely known for his work in church renewal movements and interfaith relations. He served as pastor of United Methodist churches in Kentucky and Alabama and as interim pastor of two Presbyterian churches in Georgia. In 1963 Dr. Johnson founded and served as director of the Institute for Church Renewal in Atlanta. In 1981 he joined the faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary as professor of evangelism and church growth. In 1995 he became professor of spirituality, retiring in 2000. A prolific writer, Dr. Johnson authored more than 40 books on evangelism, prayer, and spirituality, including Calming the Restless Spirit (Upper Room Books, 1997) and A Seeker’s Guide to Christian Faith (Upper Room Books, 2000). After retirement he continued writing and devoting energy to interfaith relationships. He was an advisory board member of the Interfaith Community Initiatives, the Clarkston Community Health Center, and other interfaith programs in the Atlanta area.