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Short VersionDru Johnson is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies and director of the Center for Hebraic Thought at The King’s College in New York City. Before that, he was a high-school dropout, skinhead, punk rock drummer, combat veteran, IT supervisor, and pastor—all things that he hopes none of his children ever become.

Medium Version: I have successfully remained married to one woman (God bless her!) since 1998. Also, I have four kids who wish not to be named (here we all are in 2006; good luck identifying them on the street today!).

At 16 years old, I failed out of high school due to the nominal success of my punk band—American Waste Control (ca. 1989–90)—and a waning career washing dishes in an Irish pub.

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After getting my “skinhead” tattoo covered up at 17 years old, I served seven years total, on active duty and reserves,  in the U.S. Air Force—working in ground-based units on counter-narcotics operations in the Amazon basin of Colombia (ca. 1993–98). In 1993, I relented to God and I “became a Christian” (as they politely say, though that in no way captures the radical change in me).


Out of college with a degree in psychology, I got married to my current wife and worked in I.T. while in seminary. I then served for eight years as an associate pastor at a non-denominational church in St. Louis, Missouri and then two years with Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews, Scotland. I used to teach regularly in Western Kenya in a school for rural pastors, though not much anymore. I’m still ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, but for my day job, I work as a college professor in NYC and a semi-pro scribbler on the side.

For those of you who are fluent in the language of “nerd”, my curriculum vitae.

Long Version: Extended interview [33 mins. long] with Wipf & Stock publishers, click this sentence,“Dr. Dru Johnson shares his story. From dropping out of high school, becoming a skinhead, military service, to going to seminary on a whim. His sober look at reality is one that may shake you into awareness.”

Audio interviews with Dru about his work: