Logsdon Seminary Announces New Faculty Positions
Goodman and Johnson in New Roles
(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) Logsdon Seminary is pleased to announce two new faculty positions for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Wally Goodman will be the new director of the Doctor of Ministry program, as of November 1. Dr. Jeff Johnson has become the new director of the Logsdon Seminary campus in San Antonio, effective August 15.
Dr. Wally Goodman
Dr. Goodman has been serving for nine years as the director of the Logsdon Seminary Campus in San Antonio, where Logsdon’s programs have grown dramatically under his leadership. Dr. Goodman was chosen to lead Logsdon’s DMin program due to his giftedness in seminary teaching and leadership, along with his many years in local church ministry.
“Dr. Wally Goodman is uniquely prepared to guide DMin students at Logsdon because of the depth of his love for ministers and the church and because of his gift for integrating academic insight with the practice of ministry,” said Dr. Bob Ellis, dean of the Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary. “We look forward to the continued growth of Logsdon’s excellent doctoral program under his leadership.”
As director of the DMin program, Goodman will work with current doctoral students and recruit new ones. He will also help teach seminars and continue in his position as an associate professor of New Testament.
“When I came to Logsdon, I felt like I found my home because I found a place with a heart for ministry and equipping people for ministry,” Goodman said. “I’ve got some learning to do, but I’m excited about continuing that. I’m also excited to help students after they’ve had some ministry experience and earned their master’s degrees to get further education and be better equipped to understand themselves and church.”
Dr. Goodman’s new role will be working with doctoral students during their entire degree program, which climaxes in a major ministry project. “I will be helping them get ready for their prospectus and project reports. I will also enlist committees to work with them through the process. Basically, I will work with students from recruitment all the way to graduation,” he said.
Goodman says his key goal is to continue in the footsteps of Dr. Larry Baker, the founding Director of the DMin at Logsdon. “This program is built a solid foundation,” he said. “I want to continue to build on that. One of the things I feel strongly about is to equip men and women for ministry. I want to help students become the most effective ministers that they can be.”
During his time as director of the San Antonio campus, Goodman gained much experience to help him succeed in this new position. He has been able to observe DMin seminars, recruit students, work on committees, and sit on oral defenses of seminars.
Goodman also helped move the San Antonio program into their new space at Trinity Baptist Church. He has also helped set scheduling to accommodate the particular needs of the student population, many of whom have full-time ministry positions.
Before coming to Logsdon Seminary in 2010, Goodman served at Baptist University of the Américas as assistant professor of biblical studies and director of institutional effectiveness and quality enhancement. His work experience also includes tenure as BSU director at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, part-time lecturer at Baylor University and adjunct teaching assignments at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and LeTourneau University in Austin.
Goodman has also been a church planter and pastor of churches in Texas and has served on the ministerial staff of churches in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature and the Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals.
He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physical education/recreation and a minor in English. He completed his Master of Arts in Religious Education and his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, majoring in biblical studies with an emphasis in New Testament at Baylor University. In addition, he has completed eighteen post-graduate hours in higher education administration at Texas A&M, Commerce, and five units of clinical pastoral education (CPE) with the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.
Dr. Jeff Johnson
Before becoming the director of Logsdon Seminary in San Antonio, Jeff Johnson was the part-time director of Logsdon’s Dallas-Ft. Worth campus. In his new role in San Antonio, Johnson will serve in administration, advising students, recruiting, and teaching as assistant professor of pastoral ministry.
“Dr. Johnson is a gifted administrator and teacher,” said Ellis. “He loves people and the church and has a particular passion for helping men and women grow in their understanding of ministry and in their capacity to serve others. We look forward to the continued growth of our excellent seminary programs in San Antonio under Dr. Johnson’s leadership.”
Johnson says his ultimate dream is for the San Antonio campus to continue growing, but his first goal is to get to know the students. He also wants to get to know the surrounding community that supports and encourages Logsdon and the church that undergirds the campus.
“I want to build bridges and encourage our community,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to ask the community for things but ask how we can support them. I would also like to connect to the wider body of Logsdon and HSU graduates in the San Antonio area and establish healthy relationships with alumni.”
Working in a similar position in DFW, Johnson is already familiar with the Logsdon system. “I know how to advise students. I know the Logsdon culture and how we relate to people. I don’t have a large learning curve for the technology. [In San Antonio] I’ll do a lot more equipping, enabling, and delegating things so I can maximize our effectiveness as a campus.”
Johnson brings to the new position over 34 years of combined pastoral ministry and theological education experience, having served as a pastoral leader in both Texas and Oklahoma. His pastorates include service in rural, metropolitan, bi-vocational and border churches. As a bi-vocational pastor, he worked as a financial analyst.
He served two terms as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), one term as first vice president of the BGCT and championed initiatives on bi-vocational ministry, cultural diversity, advocacy for children, social justice, and reconciliation. He has taught adjunctively at Baptist University of the Américas, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The Dick Radar School of Christian Service at Oklahoma Baptist University, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, and Connors State College.
Dr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has done additional studies in cross-cultural pastoral ministry, early church ministry, and contemporary ministry in practice from Duke University Divinity School, The Center for Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, and Yale’s Berkley Divinity School.
He has also done continuing education in clinical pastoral care and church renovation and renewal. He has been active in the National Christian Community Development Association. He has written for multiple publications including preaching material for the Texas Baptist Mary Hill Davis Offering and Common Call magazine on “Great Questions of the Bible.”