R. Frank Johnson Receives the
2002 John Wesley Church Relations Award
(April 26, 2002) - Dr. R. Frank Johnson, chairman of the Humanities
Division at Florida Southern College, was recently named the 2002
winner of the John Wesley Church Relations Award. Named for the
founder of Methodism, the award is given annually to a clergy, layperson
and/or faculty or staff member who has enthusiastically embraced
and worked to strengthen the bond between Florida Southern College
and The United Methodist Church.
has served for 30 years as a professor in the Department of Religion
and Philosophy at Florida Southern. During that time, he has helped
to guide hundreds of students into careers in the ministry or other
full-time Christian service. In addition, from 1977 until 2000,
Dr. Johnson served as dean of the License to Preach School for the
Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The two-week
school of 12-hour days is an intense training for ministry candidates
who plan to serve the church through the local pastor program.
received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama,
Tuscaloosa, in 1965; a Master of Divinity from Duke University,
Durham, N.C., in 1968; and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Candler
School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., in 1973. He
is ordained as a United Methodist minister through the North Alabama
Conference of the UMC, Birmingham, Ala.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.