- Johnny Ramirez-Johnson
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Johnny Ramírez-Johnson’s wide-ranging education, which began in his native Puerto Rico, includes studies in theology, biblical languages, Hebrew Scriptures, archaeology, and a culminating degree in human development and cultural psychology from Harvard. His dissertation examined how society’s discrimination of a historically disadvantaged group of Latinos (Puerto Ricans) was ameliorated and overcome by faith via the social support of the church and the ideology of the gospel. His training provides theoretical vehicles for reading the Bible from a practical theology perspective that facilitates the gospel’s work among the unreached from American inner cities to remote areas of the world. He has taught religion/theology full time since 1979, most recently as professor of religion, psychology, and culture at Loma Linda University (LLU). He has also taught at the Seminario Latinoamericano in San José, Costa Rica.
Two books by Ramírez-Johnson apply the multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-language realities of North American churches: A Way Up the Ladder, Motivation Achievement Via Religious Ideology: An Ethnography of a Seventh-day Adventist Puerto Rican Church (2008) and AVANCE: A Vision for a New Mañana (2003).
When he became “a convert to Jesus Christ and the truth of the Word of God,” he says, “my father tried to kill me as I fled home to follow Jesus.” He has been involved in planting churches around the world, including Middle America, North America, and Lebanon, and has preached around the world for revivals, evangelism, and church growth. Ramírez-Johnson holds leadership committee roles at the General Conference for Hispanic Ministries, Chaplaincy and Education, serves as a volunteer chaplain at Saint Bernadine Medical Center, mentors at a local Hispanic church in Loma Linda, and conducts Bible studies and does pastoral care counseling for LLU students and the community.