Alison Gise-Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Rev. Dr. Alison Gise Johnson, Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies, serves at the Proctor School of Theology (STVU) as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Prior to coming to STVU, she earned a PhD in Religion, with a concentration in Religion and Society at Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania; she received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia; and she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Dr. Gise Johnson has served as Vice President of Programs and Resources for Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc., where she was responsible for developing advocacy and educational programming related to ending mass incarceration and creating livable sustainable communities.  She was a contributing author to the New Jim Crow Study Guide. Prior to coming to the Proctor Conference, Alison served as the Program Director for Science Outreach and Assistant Director of Aquaponics at Chicago State University.  Prior to any of her positions in the academic world, Alison served as a project engineer at 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota.

Nurtured at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois, Reverend Dr. Gise Johnson, has been blessed to develop in ministry and scholarship in such a way that there is no separation between intellectual development, spiritual maturation and active compassion for community.

As scholar, minister and activist many of her recent efforts have centered on issues related to food justice, developing ministry-mentoring materials, creating resources for the moral and intellectual development of youth, caring for doctoral students as they produce real, powerful, relevant resources for communities and families, and defining the anatomy of faith-based justice. Christ.


B.S., Northwestern University
M.Div., Virginia Union University
Ph.D., Temple University