Matthew Johnson is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, a human-powered transportation advocate and a DIY filmmaker. He is currently appointed to serve as the senior pastor at The Parish of the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church on Chicago's North Side.
An out-of-the-box thinker and postmodern Christian leader, Johnson understands holiness to extend beyond constructs and into community. You are just as likely to hear him quote from popular fiction as you would from scripture; and it often happens in the same sentence. Both are usually framed by something from the large or small screen. All creation is his canon, and from it springs the liturgy of life. Discussions on film, literature and even conversations over a pint are all embodiments of this liturgy.
Giving away his car in exchange for a bicycle, Johnson is a vocal proponent of the human machine and has been an advocate for the mobilization of the poor, and for the creation of safe and just ways for everyone to use the unique gift of muscle-driven locomotion. And, let's face it: people can shower, but oil is dirty in every form.
And, while trained as a print journalist, he thinks the future of journalism is in the documentary film. He really loves the process of making movies, is learning on the fly, and making lots of mistakes. His recent projects include a long-form documentary on Lithuania — The Cost of Freedom — and a serial narrative featuring the people of his former appointment, The Story Project.
He's suspicious of institutions, but has dedicated his life to one. He's a storyteller preacher, but thinks the best proclamation is persistent living and relationship. And, while he can be a bit of a curmudgeon, he loves you because he knows Jesus does.