Rev. Dr. Patrick W. T. Johnson
Pastor/Head of Staff
Patrick was called as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in December 2015. Prior to that Patrick served as a the pastor of the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, New Jersey, and as adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary in the area of preaching, speech communication, and worship. He graduated from Princeton Seminary with an M. Div. in 2006, and a Ph.D. in practical theology in 2013, and continues to teach there in the summer at the Joe R. Engle Institute for Preaching.
Patrick's primary academic and research focus is the intersection of missional theology and homiletics. His work in this area is groundbreaking, bringing missional theology into serious dialogue with homiletics for the first time. This dialogue casts the congregation as the primary preacher, and the Sunday preacher as the one who equips the congregation for daily witness. The Mission of Preaching: Equipping the Community for Witness is available from Intervarsity Press Academic, and is a sustained development of this idea from homiletical, ecclesiological, and practical theological perspectives. The passion that drives Patrick's ministry is helping pastors and churches carry a living and vibrant faith into a quickly changing and often skeptical world.
Patrick lives in Asheville with his wife Caitlin, and four children, Isla, Luke, Claire and Felicity. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, sailing, and making sawdust in the shop.