Houghton College welcomes Michael Jordan as the new dean of the chapel. Jordan has been serving as interim dean of the chapel for the spring 2013 semester and was a church relations liaison for Houghton prior to that.
The nation-wide search started out with approximately 70 applicants, before being whittled down to just three. After several rounds of interviews, Jordan was selected due to his responses and experiences both before and since his return to Houghton College.
“Dr. Michael Jordan brings the combination of academic and pastoral experience, engaging interpersonal skills, and practical wisdom that make him an ideal candidate for Houghton’s next dean of the chapel,” said President Shirley Mullen. “In this capacity, he partners with our academic and student life leadership to plan the college’s integrative Christian liberal arts educational curriculum and to give leadership to the spiritual development of our students”.
Jordan is a 1999 graduate of Houghton College where he majored in both history and Bible. After achieving his bachelor’s degree, Jordan continued on to earn both a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Seminary and a Ph.D. at Drew University.
“I'm very happy to be named the Dean of the Chapel at Houghton,” said Jordan. “It's a place and people dear to my heart, and I am so excited to help shape our worship and our common life. Students and faculty can expect me to ask tough questions, but always in love, always with the goal of building up Christians and the Kingdom.”
Vice President Dr. Robert Pool said, “I am thrilled that Dr. Jordan has accepted the dean of the chapel position… Dr. Jordan’s spiritual life vision, broad experiences and deep commitment to Houghton College made him the clear choice. We are deeply thankful for Dean [Dennis] Stack’s leadership and the committee’s diligent work during this search.”
The previous dean of the chapel was Dr. John Brittain, also a professor of religion. Dr. Brittain had spent over 40 years in ministry as a United Methodist pastor and is a frequent speaker in area churches.