Rev. Bertram Johnson, MDiv, MSW joins Union as a new Interfaith Minister and will be training and mentoring a newly-forming student peer spiritual care team this semester (information on the peer team to be announced soon). He will begin in late January.
Rev. Johnson is a faith leader who has spent more than two decades serving churches, non-profits, and faith-based organizations dedicated to social justice, spiritual care, and public health. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and was the first openly gay African American to be ordained in the PCUSA. Most recently he was on staff at Middle Collegiate Church as Executive Minister for Care, Worship, & the Arts and The Riverside Church in the City of New York 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 our students.