Bethel Community Mourns Loss of Communication Professor

Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Johnson, Ph.D., passed away Jan. 3 at an Indianapolis hospital due to cancer complications. He was 54-years-old. Funeral arrangements are pending.

“Scott is an honored colleague, friend, teacher and mentor, and he will be sorely missed ,”said Elizabeth W. McLaughlin, Ph.D., communication chair. “He was a dedicated professor whose whole life embodied the life of Jesus Christ as he ‘inhaled grace and exhaled gratitude’ and encouraged all who knew him to do the same.”

Johnson started teaching at Bethel College in 2001. He taught courses in communication, and particularly liked teaching speech class because he felt it was more than the acquisition of knowledge. He thought speech communication was about becoming a better human being, devoted to serving God and humankind.

Johnson’s academic background included: a B.S. in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota (1979); an M.A. in Theatre/Communication from Regent University (1986); a second M.A. in Philosophy/Aesthetics from Temple University in Philadelphia (1992); and a Ph.D. from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia (2000).

During his free time, Scott could be found participating in a variety of activities, depending on the time of year or the current passions of his heart. He has directed several theatre productions at his church, including “Shadowlands,” “Edith Stein” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” He and his wife, Carolynn Hine-Johnson, Ph.D., have written, produced and directed several local productions that incorporated Christ-centered drama and dance. He loved the outdoors and was an avid disc golfer and rollerblader.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.