David Johnson
Address 10 College Crescent, Otterburne, MB, R0A 1G0
Phone 1-431-815-4358
Email David.Johnson@prov.ca

David Johnson

Adjunct Professor of New Testament; President Emeritus

I came to Providence in 1990 to teach New Testament and Greek. In 2002, I became Dean of the Seminary. In 2007, I became Executive Vice President and Provost. After a year as Interim President, the Board appointed me President in 2013. As President, I enjoyed meeting new people, saying thank you to donors, and getting chances to share the great things God is doing at and through Providence. I retired in 2021. I continue to teach Biblical Studies from time to time.

I am an active father and grandfather. I enjoy family time. My wonderful wife, Barb, and I also enjoy traveling on our summer holidays, particularly to the US and Canadian National Parks where we appreciate getting close to creation by hiking. I attend Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church and Stonehouse Covenant Church in Steinbach. I enjoy watching most sports and try to stay in shape by gardening and walking.

I love to study, preach, and teach Scripture.

  • OT5202 Old Testament Text, Canon, and Interpretation
  • OT5311 The Prophetic Books: Isaiah
  • NT5202 Birth of the New Testament
  • NT6201 New Testament Theology

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (US)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Theological Studies

Dallas Theological Seminary (US)

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

University of Minnesota (US)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)



  • Providence, President (2013-2021)
  • Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty (since 1990)


  • Providence University College & Theological Seminary, Interim President (2012-2013)
  • Providence University College & Theological Seminary, Provost and Executive Vice President (2007-2012)
  • Providence University College & Theological Seminary, Dean of the Seminary (2002-2007)
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), Teaching Fellow (1989-1990)
  • Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Instructor (1987-1990)
  • Faribault Evangelical Free Church (Faribault, MN), Pastor (1980-1987)

Professional Associations

  • The Evangelical Society
  • The Institute of Biblical Research
  • The Society of Biblical Literature
  • Board member, Christian Higher Education Canada
  • The Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents

Book Reviews

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • 64. Matthew Barrett, Canon, Covenant and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel, Downers Grove: IVP, 2020.
  • 28. Robert Gromacki, Stand Bold in Grace: An Exposition of Hebrews. Baker, 1984.
  • 29. S. A. Ellisen, Knowing God’s Word. Nelson, 1984.
  • 30. J. M. Boice, Christ’s Call to Discipleship. Moody, 1986.
  • 30. J. A. Motyer, The Message of James: The Tests of Faith. IVP, 1985.
  • 30. David Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church. IVP, 1985.
  • 31. Kenneth L. Gentry, The Christian and Alcoholic Beverages: A Biblical Perspective. Baker, 1986.
  • 42. Richard Rohrbaugh, ed., The Social Sciences and New Testament Interpretation. Hendrickson, 1996.
  • 46. Daniel O. Via, What Is New Testament Theology?, Fortress, 2002.
  • 52. Larry R. Helyer, The Witness of Jesus Paul and John: An Exploration in Biblical Theology, IVP, 2008.


Didaskalia: The Journal of Providence Theological Seminary

  • vol. 2.2. Peter Davids, The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1990.
  • 3.1. D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • 3.2. David Alan Black and David S. Dockery, New Testament Criticism and Interpretation. Zondervan, 1991.
  • 3.2. Leon Morris, The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • 3.2. Klyne Snodgrass. Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions. Zondervan, 1990.
  • 4.1. Horst Balz and Gerhard Schneider, eds., Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament. Volume 2. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • 4.1. Clarence Walhout and Leland Ryken, eds., Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • 5.1. Donald L. Hamilton, Homiletical Handbook. Broadman, 1992.
  • 5.1. George W. Knight III. Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. NIGTC. Eerdmans, 1992.
  • 5.1. D. A. Carson, Douglas J. Moo, and Leon Morris. An Introduction to the New Testament. Zondervan, 1992.
  • 5.2. Bruce Winter and Andrew Clarke. The Book of Acts in Its Ancient Literary Setting. Eerdmans, 1993.
  • 5.2. Robert Stein, Luke. NAC. Broadman, 1992.
  • 6.1. Daniel L. Migliore, ed. The Lord’s Prayer: Perspectives for Reclaiming Christian Prayer. Eerdmans, 1993.
  • 6.1. James F. Kay. Christus Praesens: A Reconsideration of Rudolf Bultmann’s Christology. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 6.1. Joel B. Green and Max Turner. Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 6.1. N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God. Fortress, 1992.
  • 6.2. James D. G. Dunn, Christian Liberty: A New Testament Perspective. Eerdmans, 1993.
  • 6.2. David F. Wells. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 6.2. V. Philips Long, The Art of Biblical History. Zondervan, 1994.
  • 7.1. T. F. Torrance, Preaching Christ Today: The Gospel and Scientific Thinking, Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 7.1. The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vols. 2 and 3. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 7.1. Robert Gundry, Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church under Persecution. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • 7.2. Bart Ehrman and Michael Holmes, eds., The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research. Eerdmans: 1995.
  • 7.2. Joel B. Green, ed., Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation. Eerdmans, 1995.
  • 8.2. Roy A. Harrisville and Walter Sundberg, The Bible in Modern Culture: Theological and Historical Method from Spinoza to Kasemann, Eerdmans, 1995.
  • 8.2. Brian S. Rosner, ed., Understanding Paul’s Ethics: Twentieth Century Approaches. Eerdmans, 1995.
  • 8.2. Pablo Richard, Apocalypse: A People’s Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Orbis, 1995.
  • 9.2. J. D. G. Dunn, Christology in the Making, Eerdmans, 1989.
  • 9.2. G. Ldemann, Heretics: The Other Side of Early Christianity. Westminster John Knox, 1996. 10.1. Rainer Riesner, Paul’s Early Period, Eerdmans, 1998.
  • 10.1. W. E. Arnal and M. Desjardins, Whose Historical Jesus? Wilfrid Laurier, 1997.
  • 11.1. P. Barnett, Jesus and the Logic of History. Eerdmans, 1998.
  • 11.1. A. Kstenberger, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples accroding to the Fourth Gospel. Eerdmans, 1998.
  • 11.1. J. D. G. Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1997; and The Theology of Paul the Apostle, Eerdmans, 1998.
  • 11.2. Roger Lundin, Clarence Walhout, and Anthony Thiselton, The Promise of Hermeneutics. Eerdmans, 1999.
  • 11.2. Richard Longenecker, Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1999. (2005): 2–9.


  • “The Word of God and the Christian Community,” Community, FS for August Konkel, Wipf and Stock, 2022.
  • “Christ-Centred University Education: A President’s Perspective,” Didaskalia 27 (2016), 65-74.
  • “Canon” and “The Epistle to the Romans,” in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture, ed., Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour. (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2012.)
  • “On the Meaning of the Term ‘Flesh’ in Romans 8,” Miqra 4.4 (2005) 8-10.
  • “Canon and Criterion: Synopsis and Critique,” Didaskalia 14.2 (2003) 1-12.
  • “Life” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, ed., T. D. Alexander and Brian S. Rosner (Downers Grove: IVP, 2000).
  • “Preaching the Gospel Birth and Infancy Narratives,” Didaskalia 11.1 (1999) 57-76.
  • “The Characterization of Jesus in Mark,” Didaskalia 10.2 (1999) 79-92.
  • “Assurance”, “Blessing”, “Flesh,” in Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments, ed. Ralph P. Martin and Peter Davids (Downers Grove: IVP, 1997).
  • “Preaching the Miracle Stories of the Synoptic Gospels,” Trinity Journal 18 (1997) 85-97.
  • “On the Meaning of Didaskalia.” Didaskalia 4.2 (April, 1993) 15-23.
  • “Life”, “Logos”, “Shepherd/Sheep” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, ed. Joel Green, Scot McKnight and I. H. Marshall (Downers Grove: IVP, 1992).
  • “The Image of God in Colossians.” Didaskalia 3.2 (April, 1992) 9-15.

Workshops & Presentations

  • 2018 Provf Talks: “How My Mind Has Changed at Providence”
  • 2016 Provf Talks: “What is a Gospel? And What is a Gospel For?”
  • 2005 “A Survey of Recent NT Introductions”
  • 2003 “Inspiration: Jesus, Apostles, and Canon”
  • 2000 “The Old Testament Promises of Return from Captivity and Their Fulfillment in the Church.”
  • Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Regional Meeting
  • 1998 “The Characterization of Jesus in Mark”
  • 1998 “What Is a Gospel?”
  • 1996 “The Power of Story: The Function of the Synoptic Gospels”
  • 1994 “To What Degree Are Pauline Epistles Ad Hoc?”
  • 1993 “A New Paradigm for New Testament Introduction”