The faculty of Johnson University Florida participate in many activities beyond their normal teaching responsibilities, including writing, speaking, presenting at academic meetings, mission trips, and community involvement. The list below describes faculty activities in April 2017.
Joseph Gordon (Assistant Professor of Theology) presented a paper titled “Justifying Christian Allegory: Discerning the Transcendent Res of Christian Scripture” at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference at Johnson University on April 8-9. He also co-facilitated the Theological Reflection Study Group, and he gave a response to chapter five ("The Graciousness of Being There: Moral and Religious Conversion") of Steven Cone's Authentic Cosmopolitanism: Love, Sin, and Grace in the Christian University in the Theological Anthropology study group. On April 20, he presented a paper titled “(Only) Tearing Down the Wall (!?): The Divine Purpose(s) of Christian Scripture” at the West Coast Methods Institute, which was held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Leslie Hardin (Professor of New Testament) was a team captain for a group of 46 cyclists and runners (5 separate teams) from Ends of the Earth Cycling (a division of New Missions Systems International). The group included faculty, staff, and students from both the Florida and Tennessee campuses. They rode 300 miles from Fort Myers to Key West and raised over $46,000 for youth work in Africa.
Kendi Howells Douglas (Professor of Intercultural Studies) and Wilbur Reid III (Professor of Business Administration & M.B.A. Program Director) led a missions trip to Cambodia from March 22 to April 3, which included six current students and two recent graduates. The purpose of the trip was to explore how Johnson University Florida students and faculty can be better advocates for Rapha House, which helps prevent at-risk girls from sex trafficking and helps them reintegrate back into society after healing and recovery at safe houses. The group visited the safe house for girls rescued from sex trafficking, and they explored businesses that are partnering with Rapha. They house met with International Justice Mission and the Tabitha Foundation, which works to fight slave labor and poverty in various ways. They also toured the Killing Fields and studied Pol Pot’s regime at the genocide museum. They also visited the expansive Angkor Wat and discussed the role that Folk Buddhism and Hinduism play in the current culture of Cambodia today. Wilbur extended the trip by meeting with Jay Clark (affiliate leadership professor in the MBA program) and conducting three-day leadership seminars for christian leaders in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam and Dalian China.