William G. Johnsson

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William G. "Bill" Johnsson (1934–) is a Seventh-day Adventist author and was editor of the Adventist Review, the church's flagship weekly magazine, from 1982 to 2006.


Born in Australia, he earned a degree in chemical technology before attending Avondale College, where he met his wife Nolene Johnsson. Johnsson earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation was entitled "Defilement and Purgation in the Book of Hebrews." He served as a missionary to India at Vincent Hill School and Spicer College. From 1975 to 1980 he taught at the Seventh-day Adventist theological seminary in New Testament classes.

In 1979 Johnsson was elected the first president of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies. From 1982 to 2006 he was editor of the Adventist Review. Johnsson was also a member of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees. He has written more than 25 books and 1,000 articles. He currently is retired, having served in retirement as Assistant to the President for Interfaith Relations at the church's headquarters. On May 6, 2007, Johnsson was the graduate commencement speaker at Andrews University, where he received an honorary doctorate.

In 2008, he was injured by a motorcycle when attending the church's Annual Council in Manila, Philippines.[1]


  • Embrace the Impossible (2009)
  • A Heart Full of Grace (2007) Seventh-day Adventist adult devotional; publisher's page
  • Mark: The Gospel of Jesus (2005)
  • Glimpses of Grace (2001)
  • The Fragmenting of Adventism (1995)
  • Hebrews: Full Assurance for Christians Today (1994)
  • Wising Up: How I Mastered the Rinse Cycle and Other Lessons of Life (1991)
  • Behold His Glory (1989), a Seventh-day Adventist adult devotional
  • I Chose Adventism (1988)
  • Blessed Assurance (1985)
  • In Absolute Confidence: The Book of Hebrews Speaks to Our Day (1979)
  • Religion in Overalls (1977)
  • The Great Physician (1975)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Review/World Editor When Struck by Motorcycle", North Pacific Union Gleaner Online. "Accident at the Annual Council - Bill Johnsson Hurt" by Alexander Carpenter, Spectrum blog

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Preceded by
Kenneth H. Wood
Editor of the Adventist Review
1982 - 2006
Succeeded by
Bill Knott
Preceded by
(founding editor)
Editor of Adventist World
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Bill Knott
Preceded by
(new office)
President of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies
Succeeded by
Fritz Guy