Ron Johnston, DMin

Adjunct Faculty in Christian Ministry
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Small church ministry

  I am not pleading for a dry, humourless, academic Christianity, but for a warm devotion set on fire by truth. -John Stott 

Teaching Philosophy

The job of a teacher is to present truth to students with the goal that the truth presented will, as Stott suggests, set those students on fire in their devotion to Jesus Christ. The goal of the teacher must be to convey truth in such a way that students not only understand what it taught but that what is taught changes their lives.


I was born and grew up in Burks Falls, Ontario. I married my high school sweetheart right after her graduation and we spent three years working for a mission organization in Colombia. Upon our return to Canada I enrolled in Bible College in Toronto. Following graduation I served as the pastor of several small churches over a 28 year period in Southern Ontario. I worked for International Teams, the same mission organization that I had served with when first married, for ten years. I then founded Small Church Connections whose goal is to serve small churches across Canada. I am currently involved, in partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, in a major research project on small churches in Canada. I am married to Gloria. We have three children and seven grandchildren.


BTh - Tyndale University
MDiv - Tyndale University
DMin - Acadia Divinity College


Small churches in Canada


In Celebration of Small Churches: Size as an Indicator of Church Health

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