Dr. Andre E. Johnson serves in the department of Christianity and Culture as the Dr. James L. Netters Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary. He teaches classes in contextualized ministry, prophetic rhetoric, black church, African American theology, rhetoric and religion, pulpit rhetoric, race, and hip hop theology. In addition to his work at Memphis Theology Seminary, Dr. Johnson also serves as an instructor in Communications and African American Studies at the
Dr. Johnson was born and raised in
In addition to collecting the writings of Bishop Turner, Dr Johnson is also the author of The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition, (2012) that won the 2013 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award. He is the editor of Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hip Spirituality (2013) both with Lexington Books. He also serves as editor of the popular Rhetoric Race and Religion Blog.
Dr. Johnson has presented academic papers at national, regional, and state conferences winning awards at each level and has published essays in the Memphis Theological Seminary Journal and the Black Theology Journal. He also serves as president of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association and holds membership in several national, regional and state associations in the areas of Communication, African American and Religious Studies. Dr. Johnson is an avid blogger for The Huffington Post, Political Theology and Faith in Memphis blogs.
In addition to what many consider groundbreaking work on Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson maintains an eclectic research agenda. Ongoing research projects explore the nexus between rhetoric, theology and the Bible, urban ministry and theology, religion and politics, the religious rhetoric of Barack Obama, religion and media and more recently, the prophetic rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois.