About Ralph Edward Johnson
I was born in the Panama Canal Zone because my father was there to learn tropical medicine. I grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was a missionary. We moved to Galesburg during 64-67 because a war was going on where we lived in the Congo. My father worked at the Galesbug Clinic as a doctor, but always wanted to go back to the Congo. We went back for our final term from 1967-1971 to live in Boende, though I spend three years at the American School of Kinshasa. We returned to Galesburg, where I graduated from Galesburg High School.
I went to Knox College, and the two most significant things that happened to me there was that I got interested in computer science, and I met Faith Terpstra. In 1978, I married Faith and we both moved to Ithaca, New York, where I went to grad school at Cornell, eventually getting a PhD.
We returned to Illinois when I got a job as a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We've been in the same house in Champaign since 1985, though I am in my fifth office at the University.
We've been part of Champaign Alliance Church most of the time we've been here, and our kids (Joy, Grace, and Caleb) went to Judah Christian School. We've been part of various groups here, such as Boy Scouts, various sports groups for our kids, and Bible studies. So, we are pretty well connected with the community.