Hi, I'm Ian Johnson, a Christian author interested in the unity of believers who works days as a research paralegal.
Ian Johnson's Bio:
"Ian Johnson is a Christian author who earns his living as a research paralegal." This is roughly how the career experts say my biographical sketch should begin. My story, they say, should begin with me, and draw the attention of people (and robots) to my name. But, in truth, nothing about my story begins with me. My story ultimately both begins, and ends, in God, who created me for His own purpose. It also passes, at every point, through my Savior, Jesus Christ, who has been with me, sustaining me even when I did not know Him, forgiving my many sins, and offering me entrance into His Kingdom, even when I was foolishly trying to build my own. Make no mistake, I have spent plenty of time trying to build my own kingdoms—castles in the air—and have had some notable human achievements while I was doing so. Though I was diagnosed as mentally retarded in Kindergarten, I graduated from Wichita State University a mere fourteen years later, with two degrees, Magna Cum Laude. A few years after that, I graduated “with high distinction” (i.e., in the top 15% of my class) from the University of Iowa College of Law. If I were a gambler, I’d wager I’m the only retarded person you know who graduated in the top 15% of his class at a top-20 law school. (Please, no jokes about dumb lawyers!)
But that was all a castle in the air. Useless—and I now recognize not God’s real direction for my life, but rather, where pride, greed and an appearance of “practicality” counseled me to go. Since I finished that degree, I have never been admitted to the Bar, and, for most of the intervening time, I have worked as a paralegal for the same law practice that now employs me. In that capacity, I perform legal and scientific literature research, draft pleadings for review by attorneys, participate in drafting discovery materials and major briefs, review and criticize opponents' scientific claims and expert reports, and analyze transcripts of expert depositions. I also do a little bit of everything else that doesn’t require a license, except make the coffee (something I’m not trusted to do right). In my own personal capacity, I also commented on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s rulemaking process under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, and had some part in getting “psychotherapy” included in the list of “mitigating factors” under that regulation.
But God’s real direction for my life, my passion now, is the building of His Kingdom in my life and that of others. I was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel in 1995 by Randel Ministries, Inc, and spent a time as a part-time volunteer pastor of a church in that organization. I have also exercised various lay roles in churches. But, more specifically, I am interested in the unity of the Church, the one Body of Christ. To that end, I have co-authored a book: Ian Johnson and Lauston Stephens, “Our Oneness in Christ” (ISBN 1424160359), and am a major contributor to the Christian-oneness.org website. I am also the author of the Place of Repentance blog. My principal calling appears to be teaching—through scholarship and writing, though I am also open to speaking—in the service of God’s Kingdom, though He presently supports me through secular employment as a paralegal.
Ian Johnson's Experience:
Paralegal at Weathers, Riley & Sheppeard, LLP1991 - Present | Topeka, KS
Performs legal research and scientific literature research, drafts pleadings for review by attorneys, participates in drafting discovery requests, discovery responses and major briefs, reviews and criticizes opponents' scientific claims and expert reports, and analyzes transcripts of expert depositions.
Chemical Theoretician at Kanza, Inc.September 1989 - December 1990 | Topeka, KS
Participated in the design of a cold nuclear fusion research project, one aspect of which was later tested at a major university.
Ian Johnson's Education:
University of Kansas1984 – 1985NoneConcentration: History
University of Iowa1983 – 1984M.A.Concentration: History
University of Iowa College of Law1980 – 1983J.D.Concentration: LawActivities: Graduated "With High Distinction."
Iowa State University1976 – 1982M.S.Concentration: BiochemistryActivities: Secretary of the graduate dormitory students' organization, 1976-1977
Wichita State University1972 – 1976B.S. & B.A.Concentration: Chemistry, LinguisticsActivities: Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Linguistics. On a Student Government committee, 1975; Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary2011 – 2011Concentration: TheologyActivities: Plan to return when funds are available.
Ian Johnson's Interests & Activities:
Family, history, philosophy, Bible, Christian theology, Christian unity, interfaith issues, recovery, cosmology, abstract physics, square dancing, legal reform.