The Rev. James P. (Jim) Johnson, a 1965 graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary, was named the seminary's 16th president Monday.
Johnson, of Indianapolis, will succeed the Rev. R. Robert Cueni, who held the office for six years.
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Johnson, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has served as a congregational pastor and denominational leader for 43 years. He most recently was in charge of planned giving for the Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minn.
”We believe Jim has the skills necessary to position LTS as a premier seminary in the years ahead,“ said LTS trustee Richard Griffith of Lexington, who led the search committee. ”We had many fine candidates for the position, but Jim's experience in administration, fund-raising, and his deep passion for the seminary brought him to the top.“
After graduating from LTS with his bachelor of divinity degree, Johnson served congregations in Missouri. In 1980, he accepted a call to be a development officer for the Christian Church Foundation, a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He left the foundation in 1986 to become president of the denomination's Church Finance Council, a position he held until 1992 when he returned to the foundation as president.
Johnson left the Christian Church Foundation in 2003 to join the Mayo Foundation, helping that institution develop a planned giving program until leaving in 2007. The Christian Church Foundation named him president emeritus in 2007.
Lexington Theological Seminary is a graduate theological institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).