Dr. Jody Owens

Professor of Bible and Pastoral Ministries
B.A. in History (Armstrong State University)
M.A. in New Testament/Preaching (Johnson University)
M.Div. in Church History (Emmanuel Christian Seminary)
D. Min. in Old Testament Studies (Emmanuel Christian Seminary)

Leader of the Spiritual Formation Leadership Summit

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead students into God’s presence through study. When I can help students see God in fresh ways I know I’m doing what I was created to do.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Spend time with family, go on a mission trip (with family), work in my garden, birdwatch, read a good book (preferably an old book), exercise, strum my six string on my front porch swing, watch a great movie, travel to unique places.

In my classes, students can expect: Teaching centered on encountering God in the biblical text. While reading books “about” the Bible is important, studying the text is fundamental to my courses.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: View study as an act of worship that nurtures your soul, rather than a discipline that is somehow separate from your “devotional life.” Academic study at Johnson can be a wonderful soul-nurturing experience if you approach it that way.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Deep people who walk with God, loving the things God loves and hating the things God hates.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: There is more continuity between the Old and New Testament than there is discontinuity.

A quote that influences how I live is: “Superficiality is the curse of our age… The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” – Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline