Meet Our Team

Debra Johnson-Cortesi, PhD

Professor, Senior Instructional Designer

Department: Church & Ministry Leadership

Office Location: Washington, D.C.

For over a decade, Debra has worked to design, develop, and implement effective online instruction. She is passionate about Christian higher education, particularly at the graduate level, and regularly tests experimental course design elements to discover new methods of teaching. Prior to moving into higher education, Debra spent more than a decade working in Church ministry. Her areas of ministry oversight included children’s ministry, adult small groups, spiritual formation, yearly conferences, and leading worship. She believes that her experience in ministry helps her to provide more effective education to students studying to be ministry leaders themselves. Debra has contributed to the Magna Publication, Teaching Professor newsletter and presented at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. She has also presented and been a consultant on various areas of online education practice with several colleges and universities. Debra has earned degrees of MA in Small Group Ministry, MA in Worship and a PhD in Leadership.


MA, Worship, spiritual formation, small group ministry, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School,  Lancaster, PA
PhD, Leadership, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Lancaster, PA