Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: First Family Church (Overland Park), Jerry Johnston:

Honorary degree elevates ‘Dr. Jerry’ Johnston

The Kansas City Star, USA
Mar. 11, 2007
Christ Oberholtz • Monday March 12, 2007

The Rev. Jerry Johnston refers to himself as “Dr. Jerry,” and the title is prominently displayed on a large sign at First Family Church’s entrance.

But the “degree” that Johnston holds is an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. He received it May 8, 1998, when he was the speaker for the baccalaureate service, a university spokesman said.

Johnston calls the degree “one of the greatest honors of my life.”

But critics and some educators say using such a title raises ethical issues.

“I am deeply offended when people use that title and don’t have legitimate credentials,” said the Rev. Rusty Waller, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Gordonville, Texas, and an assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Johnston told The Star he attended Kansas City Christian High School in the 1970s but did not graduate because he spent much of his senior year attending a Bible institute and traveling the country as an evangelist.

He instead earned a general equivalency diploma. Johnston now attends Midwestern Baptist College in Kansas City, where he says he will receive a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies in May.

info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles


Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog