Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson


  • B.S. – Business Management, Baker University
  • M.S. – Legal Administration, University of Denver
  • M.B.A. – Michigan State University
  • J.D. – Michigan State University


I grew up in the Kansas City area the son of a small business owner and a telecommunications employee.  When not carting my brothers and I to sports practices business was a constant topic of conversation.  I started investing in elementary school and have always harbored a keen interest in the impact business can have on the world – and the role that our faith can play in a flourishing business.

I have spent vast majority of my career in finance, supply chain management and operations roles for a large agricultural original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and an electronics supplier for multiple OEM end-user markets.  I love developing teams and people and started as an adjunct at Calvin, now focused on building out our operations and supply chain management depth here at Calvin.

My wife, Leah, and I have three children so we spend our time with them in various sports, camping and gardening.  If you want to get me going feel free to ask questions about Kansas City sports teams or farming – but we should grab a cup of coffee for the conversation.

Academic interests

At present I am working to build out our operations and supply chain management program offerings for this vital area of business.

Specific to research I am investigating the impact of local operations on economic deserts and what role our faith has on actions taken in sourcing decision and/or operations decisions within these areas. 

I am also involved in the Calvin University Clean Water Institute as we seek to engage students in helping alleviate challenges associated with access to clean water globally.

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