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Southern Seminary adds prof to biblical counseling program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Former Northwestern College professor Eric Johnson is among the latest additions to the faculty at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Johnson joined the Southern Seminary faculty on May 1 as associate professor of personality and pastoral theology. SBTS has added three others to its faculty: Carl Stam, Randy Smith and William Cook.

Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Toronto Baptist Seminary and a master of arts in educational psychology and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

“Eric Johnson is a man of great conviction and ability,” SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said. “He will bring great gifts and depth to our biblical counseling program. He is fully committed to the inerrancy of Scripture and to the sufficiency of Scripture as well.

“We must redefine and reestablish Christian counseling on a more biblical basis. The practice of adopting secular psychologies for Christian use must end,” Mohler said. “Eric Johnson is the quality of Christian scholar who will be a pioneer in this task, and he joins other scholars committed to that goal.”

Johnson had served as associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn., since 1991. Previously, he served a one-year appointment at Wheaton College (Ill.), where he helped teach introduction to psychology.

He has written articles on psychology and theology in such publications as Reformation and Revival Journal, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and Journal of Psychology and Theology. He also has authored numerous technical reports, articles and papers.

He is presently co-editor with Stanton Jones of a book titled, “Faith and Psychology: Four Views,” to be released this year from InterVarsity Press.

Stam was named associate professor of church music and worship. Prior to his addition to the Southern staff, Stam had served as pastor of worship and music at Chapel Hill Bible Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., since 1991.

From 1981-91 he was a member of the University of Notre Dame’s music department faculty. He previously spent four years as a visiting lecturer at the University of North Carolina. Stam holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of music in choral conducting degree from the University of North Carolina.

Smith was named assistant professor of missions at Boyce College.

Since 1989 Smith has served as founder and CEO for Youth Ministry International, which has offices at Boyce College. From 1990-99 he was a pastor of the student ministry at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Smith received a master of arts degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Cook was named associate professor of New Testament interpretation. Prior to coming to Southern, Cook served as chair of the theology division and associate professor of New Testament and Greek at The Baptist College of Florida, formerly known as Florida Baptist Theological College.

He holds a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

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