Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Deane Johnston (1933-2018)

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Deane Johnston (1933-2018)

With gratitude for his life and for his service to Christ and the Church.

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Deane Johnston served as Director of Pastoral Studies at The Presbyterian College from 1983 through 1999, retiring from that position and from full-time ministry at the end of his tenure here. During his years at the college, the Rev. Johnston taught candidates for the ministry in the final year of the Master of Divinity program – teaching in the areas of liturgy, missions, and preaching. His expertise in the history of missions and his experience in Nigeria and Jamaica added a valuable dimension to his teaching. The hymns he wrote enriched many College worship services.

While serving at the College, Dr. Johnston pursued his longstanding interests in justice issues in serving on the Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice. He was also very active in the Presbytery of Montreal and served twice as its moderator.

The Rev. Dr. Johnston was born in Brantford, Ontario and completed his academic training at the University of Toronto and at Knox College, where he earned his B.A. (History, 1955), M.Th. (Church History and Social Ethics, 1963), and D.Th. (Church History, 1977) degrees. Over his years of service, the Rev. Dr. Johnston served in theological education in both Nigeria and Jamaica and in pastoral ministry at Ile Perrot, Rosedale, and Gateway congregations of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Rev. Dr. Johnston also published numerous popular and academic works focusing on the history of mission and of the churches in both Nigeria and Jamaica, as well as in diverse other subjects.

The Presbyterian College wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Geoff’s wife Mary Lou, and to their family and friends. We pray that they may know the peace and comfort of Christ.

The following notice has also been published on the website of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, here.

The family are sad to announce that he died Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville. He was 84. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Nash) Johnston; and his children, John (Marie-Claude Marcotte), Tim (Margara Goyzueta), Patrick (Eddi McKay), Mark (Susan Johnston), his daughter Leni (Sean Barry), three grandchildren; Adrian, Julian and Levi, his siblings; John Johnston, Marjorie Ross and Alexandra Johnston as well as many extended family and friends. Born and raised in Brantford, Geoffrey worked as a missionary in Nigeria and Jamaica specializing in Third World Church History before returning to Canada to teach at The Presbyterian College in Montreal. He and his wife retired to Dunnville, their summer cottage destination, in 1999. A celebration of life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 223 Lock St., W. on May 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Visitation at the church will follow the service. Arrangements entrusted to J.W. Hart Funeral Home, 905-774-6335, online condolences




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