C.S. Lewis Institute - Chicago



The application period for the upcoming 2020-21 Year Two Fellows Program is open.


Year Two Applicants: Along with your Year Two application, please submit a copy of your original Year One application by mail, email, or fax using the information listed below. If you did not retain a copy, you may contact the Institute to check if we have it on file. If original application is not available, please complete a new one. Once your application has been submitted, please have your pastor or other ministry leader submit a Fellows Program Recommendation Form and return it directly to the Institute either via the web form or the information provided below.




C.S. Lewis Institute - Chicago
1433 W. Leland Ave. #1
Chicago IL 60640-4673

Email: kj@cslewisinstitute.org
Phone: 312-543-3222 / Fax: N/A

The C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago is devoted to developing disciples who can articulate, defend, share and live faith in Christ in public and personal life. We are an extension of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington D.C., which began in 1976 and stresses discipleship of mind and heart. The Institute works in partnership with local churches and ministries to help believers glorify God by becoming mature disciples of Jesus Christ who impact the spheres of influence to which God has called them. This discipleship occurs through:

  • The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program, an intensive mentoring/discipleship program that focuses on spiritual and theological growth.
  • Apologetics and Discipleship Seminars, through which world respected authors and speakers instruct and encourage participants about important aspects of life in the Kingdom of God.
  • Knowing & Doing, a quarterly publication with challenging articles, interviews, and reviews designed to nurture discipleship of heart and mind.
  • Pastors Network - Since its inception, the C.S. Lewis Institute has considered itself a servant of the Church. The Institute desires not only to assist churches in making disciples, but also to encourage and equip pastors. The C.S. Lewis Institute Pastors Fellowship in Chicago seeks to minister to the ministers by providing timely and useful teaching and instruction via a series of luncheons. Please contact us at kj@cslewisinstitute.org to be informed on Pastors Fellowship gatherings.
  • Informal gatherings, where the important issues of the day and of personal life can be explored from the perspective of biblical orthodoxy.

The C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago seeks like-minded and like-hearted men and women called to participate in and support its activities and Fellows Program. If you feel called to be a part of this discipleship movement, please contact us using the information below. 

Karl "KJ" Johnson, Lt.Col., USMC (Ret.) is the Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago and oversees programs that foster the discipleship of heart and mind. He's a C.S. Lewis Fellow and holds a Masters in Military Studies (Marine Corps University) and two Masters of Arts from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology). KJ retired after 20 years in the Marine Corps where he served as a helicopter pilot, weapons and tactics instructor and operations officer. He’s a veteran of numerous deployments as well as multiple humanitarian assistance/ disaster relief missions—most notably Operation Unified Assistance (2004 tsunami) where he served as the Air Mission Commander for former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton.  KJ is married to Nidia and they have two daughters, Selena and Sara.

Read kj's article, "Discipleship: It Starts with You," from our teaching quarterly, Knowing & Doing.


  Karl ("kj") Johnson
   ph. 312-543-3222




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