Who is Phillip R. Johnson?

First off, Phillip R. Johnson is not the Phillip Johnson who wrote Darwin on Trial. That's Phillip E. Johnson.* (It's a fine book nonetheless.)

    Phillip R. Johnson is perhaps best-known for the blog he founded, and a few other notable websites.

hil was born June 11, 1953 in Oklahoma City, OK. He spent his formative years in Wichita, KS, and then Tulsa, OK. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa in 1971. That same year he was led by the grace of God to trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (If you want to read Phil's own account of his conversion, click here.)

    Today Phil is the executive Director of Grace to You, a Christian tape and radio ministry featuring the preaching ministry of John MacArthur. Phil has been closely associated with John MacArthur since 1981 and edits most of MacArthur's major books. Phil pastors an adult fellowship group called GraceLife at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. He is a board member of The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust in England, and a member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE).
    Phil studied at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for one year, then transferred to Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a bachelor's degree in theology (class of 1975) . He also spent one year at a fundamentalist Baptist school in Tennessee, and took some courses in publishing and editing at the University of Chicago. He was an assistant pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida and an editor for Moody Press before moving to Southern California to take his current position in 1983.
    Theologically, Phil is a committed Calvinist—with a decidedly Baptistic bent. (That explains his love for Charles Spurgeon). Phil is also an inveterate reader and bibliophile. He has a beautiful wife (Darlene), three grown sons, two fantastic daughters-in-law, four adorable grandchildren, a beagle, and a mortgage.

    For an abbreviated bio and hi-res photo of Phil, click here.

A PS from Phil: The Darwin on Trial Phillip Johnson—the more distinguished Phillip Johnson—teaches at Berkeley. I used to put his e-mail address here for those who were looking for him, but people kept sending him mail meant for me, which only compounded the name-confusion problem. So if you want his e-mail address, you may get it from his home page at The Access Research Network.

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