Short Version: Dru Johnson is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies 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. [portrait by Claudia Johnson]
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!).
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.
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:
- “The Bible and How We Know Stuff, Part 1” Pillar Seminary Podcast
- “The Bible and How We Know Stuff, Part 2” Pillar Seminary Podcast
- “Knowledge by Ritual” OnScript Podcast