May 23, 2018


June 30 luncheon honors Professor Emerita Ethel Johnson


Friends, former students and former colleagues of MTSO Professor Emerita of Church Administration Ethel Johnson are invited to gather for a luncheon in her honor at 11:30 a.m. June 30 in Dunn Dining Hall.

The luncheon will officially kick off a fundraising drive for the Ethel Johnson Scholarship, to be awarded annually to a United Methodist student who aspires to serve in parish ministry, is in good academic standing, and shows exceptional promise in the work of social justice and issues affecting the African diaspora.

MTSO offers this special meal at no cost to registered guests. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP online or by calling Leigh Precise at 740-362-3121 by June 8. 

Ethel Johnson’s contributions to Christian education literally span the globe. Beyond the MTSO campus, where she served for 16 years, she has had a lasting impact in the United States and abroad. She is a founder of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, which represents 2,400 United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African-American members throughout the U.S. In West African nations, many consider her the mother of the United Methodist Church. At Africa University, she mentored many students and ensured their financial needs were met.

"Our school owes a great deal to Professor Johnson and her lifetime of work," said MTSO President Jay Rundell. "We're honored to have her blessing as we work to ensure that future generations of aspiring religious leaders benefit from a scholarship bearing her name." 

Those who wish to invest in the Ethel Johnson Scholarship Fund may give at the June 30 dinner or donate online any time.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

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Danny Russell, communications director, 740-362-3322