C.S. Lewis Institute - Chicago


The application period for the 2018-19 Fellows Program is now CLOSED but recommendations can still be filled out below for applicants.

Year One Recommendations: Once your application has been submitted, please have your pastor and one non-related person who knows you well 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
1327 Brown St. #604
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Attn: Karl "kj" Johnson
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.

Sarah Abbey is the Fellows Program Coordinator for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago. She’s a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and holds a Master of Arts in Bioethics from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Sarah desires to help others find confidence and joy in the Christian faith in the midst of a complex world. An avid C. S. Lewis reader since childhood, she used to look for Narnia in the back of her closet. As an adult she looks forward to one day being called "further up and further in."




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





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