Rev. Dr. Ray Johnson, Ph.D.
Reverend Johnson currently serves as the Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida, a position he has held since January 2007. Prior to that, he pastored a large multi-cultural church in Miami, Florida (1998-2006) that comprised members who spoke 13 different languages from 43 nations. He also pastored for five years in South Carolina (1993-1998).
Ray earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Scriptures and Language from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1986. A semester’s portion of his doctoral program included study at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Following his graduation, he taught Old Testament and Hebrew at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City from 1987 to 1993.
Having lived in one of the most culturally diverse states in the US and after having spent six years living in a cross-cultural context, Ray has developed an interest in assisting the congregations he represents to become more culturally intelligent. The author of “Creating a Climate of Cultural Diversity in the Sunshine State” (published in the Review and Expositor, Winter 2012), Ray recently spent a large portion of his sabbatical leave comparing congregational responses to cultural diversity in the United Kingdom and Florida.
Ray and his wife Nena (a rare native of Florida!) have two children, Matt and Holly. Ray enjoys his family, saltwater fly fishing and kayaking, birding, and reading.