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Johnson, Torrey Maynard (1909–2002)

  1. R. Alan Streett

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0737

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Streett, R. A. 2011. Johnson, Torrey Maynard (1909–2002). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Torrey Maynard Johnson, pastor, conference speaker, and founder of Youth For Christ International, was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of five children to Jacob and Thora Johnson. Torrey was named for the late R. A. Torrey, pastor of the famed Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, CA and the first president of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA). After high school graduation, Torrey Johnson attended Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1930. He also attended Northwestern University's Dental School's McKinlock campus in Chicago with the intention of becoming an oral surgeon. He abandoned his plans after undergoing a conversion experience in 1927 during a chapel service at Wheaton. He decided on a career in the ministry.


  • Johnson, Torrey Maynard (1909–2002);
  • pastor, founder of youth for Christ international;
  • itinerant evangelist, and youth speaker;
  • “chapel hour” and “songs in the night” radio shows;
  • national association of evangelicals