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  • Ph.D. - Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • M.Div. - Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
  • M.A. Religion - Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA 
  • B.A. English- Johnson State College, Johnson, VT

Academic Programs

  • BA English
  • BA English Education

Associate Professor of English


Neil Johnston received his Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, having left his native home in New England in order to pursue teaching in higher education.  Prior to becoming a college professor, Dr. Johnston served in the pastorate in North Carolina, New York, and Vermont, during which time he also taught Church History in Zambia while on sabbatical. At Baylor University, he specialized in sixteenth and seventeenth-century British literature, writing his dissertation on the interplay of conscience and politics when Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) preached his ten Gunpowder Plot sermons before James I and the court. He is a member of the Modern Language Association and Christianity and Literature.  Additionally, for ten of the last eleven years, he worked with ETS as an AP Reader for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Exams.

Courses Taught

  • Freshman Composition (101, 102)
  • British Literature Survey (200)
  • Medieval Literature (300)
  • Shakespeare  (300)
  • English Renaissance Literature (300)
  • Early American Literature (300)
  • Literature of the Bible (400)
  • Literary and Critical Theory (400)
  • World Literature (400)


(articles under consideration or current revision for submission)

  • Paradise Lost: Subtracting by Addition” Milton Quarterly
  • Edgar Huntly: Charles Brockden Brown’s Experiment in Free Will” Early American Literature Quarterly
  • “Lancelot Andrewes and Conscience: Spiritual Rhetoric in Political Contexts” EML   


  • “Tennessee Williams’ Divorce of Body and Soul in Summer and Smoke”; Presented at the Conference of Christianity and Literature, Indiana Wesleyan University; April 2004.
  • “A Rhetorical Strategy in Paradise Lost: Additions and Subtractions”; Presented at the English Graduate Student Conference of Baylor University; April 2005.
  • “Lancelot Andrewes Trinitarian Approach to Nature and Grace”; Presented at the Conference of Christianity and Literature, Oklahoma Baptist University; October 2009
  • “Redcrosse Knight’s ‘Despaire’ and Deliverance: Una as Christian Community in The Fairie Queene”; Southern-Central Conference on Christianity and Literature, New Orleans, LA; March 8-9, 2013
  • Creating Faithful Readers: Milton and Paradise Lost”; Southwest 2013 Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas;September 20-21, 2013