Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson


B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary
M.A., Miami University (Ohio)
M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4283
Campus Post Office Box 3

Religion: Department Chair and Professor

Archaeology: Professor and Program Field Coordinator

Pre-Ministry: Department Chair and Professor of Religion

Born and raised in Tustin, California, I earned my B.A. in psychology from Cal State Fullerton. After earning an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and spending several months as a substitute and math teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools, I returned to academia to earn M.A.s and a Ph.D. in religion (New Testament). While finishing my dissertation, I taught at Southern California for several years as an adjunct instructor. After completing my dissertation, I was hired by Lycoming College.

My academic interests include the study of the interaction between early Christian communities, gospel studies, the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas and the Sayings Gospel Q, Greek, and archaeology. My most recent publications include a fascicle in the Documenta Q series, Q 13:34-35: Judgment over Jerusalem, a revised version of my dissertation, Seeking the Imperishable Treasure: Wealth, Wisdom, and a Jesus Saying, and, with my friend Mike Robbins, a revision of James A. Hewett's New Testament Greek: A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar.

One of my responsibilities at Lycoming College is to coordinate summer archaeological digs as part of our Archaeology & Culture of the Ancient Near East Program. Currently, the College is the institutional sponsor of the Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus, and a consortium member of the Gezer (Israel) Excavation and Publication Project.

I am also the chair of the Theological Pursuits and Callings committee, which serves as a discussion forum for students interested in various forms of religious ministry.

For more details on what I've been up to academically, see my curriculum vitae.

Non-academic interests include basketball, mystery novels, hiking, backpacking, and sports in general. My sweetheart and spouse, Dr. Ellen Davis, is the Director of Music at Saint John's-Newberry United Methodist Church here in Williamsport. Our daughter, Maria, is an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader. We also have two dogs, Maya and Sadie. See Maya's CV.

Dig Sites: Bethsaida and Megiddo, Israel, and Idalion, Cyprus