Derek Johnston, M.A.

Senior Translation Consultant


  • Master of Theology (with distinction), Hebrew/NT Greek, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2003
  • Diploma of Education, Craiglockhart College, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 1975

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Translation Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–

Other professional experience and service

  • Francophone Translation Domain Leader, SIL Africa Area Language Programme Services, 2013–2016
  • Scripture Access Associate Team Leader, SIL Africa Area Language Programme Services, 2013–2015
  • Teaching and co-leading workshops for Translation Consultants-in-training in West and Central Africa 2012-15 (course writing in French)
  • Francophone Translation Coordinator, SIL Africa Area, 2010–2012
  • SIL International Translation Consultant, 2005–2011
  • Chargé de Programmes de Langue/Language Programme Manager, SIL Burkina Faso Branch, 2004–2010
  • Translation Coordinator, SIL Burkina Faso Branch, 1999–2010
  • Translation Consultant, SIL Burkina Faso Branch, 1998–2010
  • Vice Chair, Executive Committee, SIL Burkina Faso Branch, 2004
  • Chair, Crisis Management, SIL Burkina Faso Branch, 2000–2003

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • French: ILR 4

Research interests

  • Old Testament: Genesis, The Pentateuch, Ruth: Hebrew text/structure; Ezekiel and Job
  • Historic books: Hebrew text/structure
  • John, Luke and Acts: Greek text/structure; Hebrews and Revelation
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom