Dr. Chris Beard

Ph.D. Program Director
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B.S. in Business Administration (Northwestern Oklahoma State University)
M.A. in New Testament with Preaching Emphasis (Johnson University)
Ph.D. in Leadership Studies (Johnson University)

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: ​The mission. I believe the partnership of Christ-followers serving in both ministry and other strategic vocations is vital to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: ​Watch Chiefs games with my wife, run, build stuff, work on old cars, and play music.

In my classes, students can expect: ​A community that learns together.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: ​Don’t view your education as information transmission, but a part of your formation and transformation.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: ​Successful simultaneously for the benefit of their context and the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: ​A Ph.D. in Leadership Studies is not just for those with academic or career aspirations; it can be a transformative experience for anyone who wants to be a better leader.

A quote that influences how I live is: ​Jesus was a revolutionary, not in the guerrilla warfare sense but in his teaching on leadership. He overturned an existing order. In the world’s ears, the term servant spoke everywhere of low prestige, low respect, low honor. Most people were not attracted to such a low-value role. When Jesus used the term, however, it was a synonym for greatness. And that was a revolutionary idea. It still is! – J. Oswald Sanders