EC’s School of Christian Ministries honored Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns (’73) with the G. Earl Beatty Servant Leadership Award during Homecoming Weekend 2013.
This honors her exemplary servant leadership as she has led through serving the body of Christ in the local church, in academia, and in ecumenical and creation care initiatives.
(Dr. Tracy Reynolds, Dean of EC's School of Christian Ministries, interviews Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns in October 2013. Produced by Brandon and Mari McDaniel.)
Dr. Johns holds a B.A. from Lee College, an M.A. from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served as president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in the past and has been a professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation since 1985. She currently teaches at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., and has taught at Lee University, Northwest Bible College, the Church of God Theological Seminary, and other institutions and churches worldwide. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Theological Schools in America and Canada while also serving on boards such as Evangelicals for Human Rights, the Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Dr. Johns actively participates in creation care initiatives such as “Scientists and Evangelicals Initiative on the Care of Creation” and ecumenical initiatives, including the Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and the Church of God-Mennonite Dialogue. She has also represented the Wesleyan-Pentecostal tradition with the World Council of Churches and Faith and Order for the National Council of Churches.
Her published works include more than three dozen articles in scholarly and religious publications along with two books: Pentecostal Formation: A Pedagogy Among the Oppressed and Finding Eternal Treasures. In 2012, the Church of God awarded her the Distinguished Educator Award for Faculty. She and her husband, Jackie, co-pastor the New Covenant Church of God, which they planted in 1989.
This award is named in honor of Dr. G. Earl Beatty who faithfully served in ministry for more than 58 years. Through his service to God, the Lord has used him to lead in the body of Christ in a variety of positions. He has served as a pastor for many years. At Emmanuel, he was Dean of the School of Christian Ministries and Executive Vice President. He is currently Vice President of Academic Development at Holmes Bible College.
“Dr. Beatty’s walk with Christ is exemplary, and this award which bears his name is presented to alumni and faculty of the School of Christian Ministries who display outstanding servant leadership worthy of imitation,” says Dr. Tracy Reynolds, SCM Dean.
It has only been awarded twice in the past, once to Dr. Beatty and once to Professor Paul Oxley.