Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Worship, Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Mennonite Church Canada
Dr. Johnson is a practical theologian who studies Christian worship in the context of a changing North American religious landscape. Her research at the intersection of liturgical studies and sociology of religion employs qualitative methods that value everyday religious experience. Commitments to interrogating the relationship between liturgy and ethics and engaging ecumenically across Christian traditions ground her research, teaching, and church leadership.
Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an MAR in Liturgical Studies from Yale Divinity School, an MTS from the University of Waterloo/Conrad Grebel University College, and a BA from the University of Waterloo/St. Jerome’s University.
Dr. Johnson served on the editorial team for the Mennonite hymnal and worship book, Voices Together (2020), and is the editor of the Voices Together: Worship Leader Edition (2020). She is the author of recent journal articles including: “Online Communion, Christian Community, and Receptive Ecumenism: A Holy Week Ethnography during COVID-19” (Studia Liturgica, 2020); “Hubmaier’s Milk Pail: Anabaptist Baptism, Rituals of Resistance, and Liturgical Authority” (Worship, 2019); “Poured Out: A Kenotic Approach to Initiating Children at a Distance from the Church” (Studia Liturgica, 2019), and “On Our Knees: Christian Ritual in Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada” (Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses, 2018). She is currently co-editing a volume on worship and power in Free Church traditions.
Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Sarah is affiliated with Mennonite Church Canada and served as a pastor in Ottawa. She now lives in Vancouver with her husband Carl Bear.