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Johnson to Address Graduates at Spring Commencement on May 3

Posted on: April 22, 2024
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SCDr. Walter Johnson, founding dean of North Greenville University’s College of Christian Studies, will deliver the keynote address at the university’s spring commencement ceremony on May 3 in Tigerville.

Johnson is completing 32 years as a professor and academic administrator at NGU. With the conclusion of the academic year, he will retire from his role.

“His legacy at the university—and in Baptist life around the world—is incredibly deep and lasting,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “I have been grateful for his support and encouragement since I arrived and have found him to be a very important advisor.”

Johnson, who has played a foundational role in the renaissance at NGU over the last three decades, holds a PhD and Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from Furman University.

Prior to joining the faculty at NGU, Johnson served as a pastor for eleven years.

Known for his unwavering commitment to the authority of the Scriptures, his keen intellect, and his deep love for the Lord and his students, Johnson has impacted the lives and ministries of many South Carolina Baptist pastors.

He has continued to impact dozens of churches in North Carolina and South Carolina by serving in roles as Interim Pastor. He also taught courses at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Baptist Seminary in Djakarta, Indonesia.

Johnson is a past recipient of North Greenville University’s Lamar S. Chapman Meritorious Award and the South Carolina Independent Colleges & University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Johnson and his wife, Deanna, have three children, Ashley, Jacob, and Kristy, all of whom attended NGU.

NGU’s spring commencement is set for 7 p.m. on May 3 at Younts Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

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