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Rev. Bertram Johnson joins Union Theological Seminary as interfaith minister

For more than two decades his work has been dedicated to social justice, spiritual care and public health

by Union Theological Seminary | Special to Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Bertram Johnson

LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Bertram Johnson has joined Union Theological Seminary in New York City as a new interfaith minister and will be training and mentoring a newly-forming student peer spiritual care team this semester. He began his work last month.

According to a seminary news release, Johnson is a faith leader who has spent more than two decades serving churches, nonprofits and faith-based organizations dedicated to social justice, spiritual care and public health.

He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was the first openly gay African American to be ordained in the PC(USA).

Most recently he was on staff at Middle Collegiate Church as executive minister for Care, Worship, & the Arts and The Riverside Church in New York City as minister of Justice, Advocacy & Change.

He is a member of the NEXT Church Strategy Team and was a coauthor of The Sarasota Statement. A native Floridian, he holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.

Rev. Johnson joins Union’s other interfaith ministers, Fran Thiessen and Pandit Dasa, in providing spiritual care to the seminary’s students.

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