About Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Dr. Jessica Johnson teaches English composition at Ohio State University’s Lima campus, specializing in cultural studies. She is a 2014 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute graduate (Society of Professional Journalists) and represented Ohio State at Lima in the 10th International Conference on Sport & Society at Ryerson University in Toronto. Johnson is a cultural critic who writes from a Christian perspective, and she serves as a special correspondent for The Columbus Dispatch, an opinion columnist for The Athens Banner-Herald and a guest columnist for The Lima News. Her columns examine faith-based, racial and social issues in popular culture, higher education, sports and politics. Some of her noted interviews include the late Bill Willis, one of the foursome that reintegrated the NFL in 1946; civil rights icon C.T. Vivian; Philadelphia Eagles safety and Players Coalition’s co-founder Malcolm Jenkins; former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas; Canadian Screen Award winner Stephan James; and Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill, the daughters of Jesse Owens.

Johnson is also the author of Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy, a memoir chronicling the life of Dr. Wilburn H. Weddington Sr., who was born a sharecropper in 1924 in Hiram, Georgia, and became the first black physician to be promoted to full professor at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Johnson is active in the Columbus community through her church, Vision of Breath With Life Ministries, where she serves as a musician for the praise and worship team.

“I have never forgotten an essential truth that one of my English professors stressed in class during my freshman year when he said, ‘The mark of an educated person is one who reads.’”

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The Church Must Intervene During Our Country's Racial Unrest Jun 04, 2020

While reading the flurry of news reports on the protests across the nation in response to George Floyd's horrifying death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with Floyd's murder, I pulled out one of my old ... Read More

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'Sentenced to Live' May 28, 2020

Maya Angelou once said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story." I would humbly add that the agony intensifies when the story is an untold testimony of God's healing from what many would deem an insurmountable loss. Such was the case... Read More

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Joy and Laughter in the Little Things God Is Showing Us May 21, 2020

Having to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many families spending more quality time with one another. Although we've heard lots of humorous accounts of kids getting bored and driving their parents and siblings crazy whi... Read More

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Why We Need to Get Back to Church May 14, 2020

As states are outlining their mandatory health procedures for lifting shelter-in-place orders and clarifying their requirements for nonessential businesses to reopen, there are some slight differences. In Ohio, our last day required to stay at home i... Read More