Frank and Pauline Patterson Spring Colloquy 2018

God and Soul Care

The featured speaker for Frank and Pauline Patterson Spring Colloquy to be held May 21-22 at the Carroll Center is Dr. Eric L. Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a leading Christian psychology professor. He served for 17 years as the Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. “Students praise his compassion; fellow psychologists, his scholarship; and colleagues, his faith.” (Christianity Today, Sept. 2017)

May 21-22, 2018

Dr. Johnson will be speaking on God and Soul Care which will be divided into three sessions:

  • Session 1: The Glory of God and Human Flourishing
  • Session 2: Psychopathology from a Theocentric Standpoint
  • Session 3: Christ-Centered Psychotherapy

Dr. Eric L. Johnson

Dr. Eric Johnson

Associate Editor
Journal of Psychology and Theology

Eric Johnson earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Before joining The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Johnson taught courses in psychology, theology, and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for nine years. He has contributed to numerous articles in the field of Christian psychology, a counseling approach that draws distinctly Christian practices from the history and traditions of the faith. Dr. Johnson is a proponent for the necessity of theology in counseling and psychological research in contrast to biblical counseling, which emphasizes the sufficiency of Scripture to shape counseling ministry. Christian psychology is a thoroughly Christian approach to counseling and soul care based on the resources available in the Bible, the Christian traditions, and good science.

Dr. Johnson is known for his emphasis on union with Christ as the greatest healing for the human soul, as emphasized primarily in Scripture and also in the works of Augustine, Calvin, Edwards, Kuyper, Owen, and many others. He also recognizes that common grace allows for quality science and research to further our understanding of the mind and body.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and in 1998 he was editor for a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, entitled “Psychology within the Christian Tradition.” He authored articles for the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and the Journal of Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Johnson has co-edited and contributed to three books: God Under Fire (Douglas S. Huffman and Eric L. Johnson, 2002), Psychology & Christianity: Five Views (Eric L. Johnson and David G. Myers, 2010), and Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy (Everett L. Worthington Jr. and Eric L. Johnson, 2013), in addition to more than 50 articles and chapters in psychology and theology.

In 2014, Dr. Johnson wrote Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal. His most recent book, God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith, was published September 5, 2017.

A member of the American Psychological Association, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the American Association of Christian Counselors, he was also the founding director of the Society for Christian Psychology.

The Colloquy sessions are open to the public and will be held at:

The Carroll Center
6500 N. Belt Line Rd.,
Irving, TX 75063

Colloquy Schedule

Monday, 21 May 2018

1:30 – 1:45
Welcome and Opening Worship
1:45 – 2:45
Colloquy Session One:
The Glory of God and Human Flourishing
2:45 – 3:00
Coffee Break
3:00 – 3:30
Q & A with Dr. Johnson

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

8:30 - 9:30
Coffee in the Bistro
9:30 – 10:00
Morning Worship
10:00 – 11:15
Colloquy Session Two:
Psychopathology from a Theocentric Standpoint
11:15 - 11:45
Q&A with Dr. Johnson
12:00 – 2:00
Lunch Break (Doctoral Students meet with Dr. Stephen Holmes; Faculty has a working lunch meeting)
2:00 – 2:15
Announcements and Introductions of New Students and Faculty
2:15 – 3:15
Colloquy Session Three:
Christ-Centered Psychotherapy
3:15 – 3:30
Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:00
Q & A with Dr. Johnson