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Speakers' & Artists' Bureau

As part of our commitment to the local church, the Church Relations Office maintains a Speakers’ Bureau.  The folks below are seasoned, thoughtful and articulate preachers, many with pastoral experience, who enjoy the chance to share God’s Word with area churches.  The cost to your church is just $75—the Church Relations Office will pick up all the transportation costs.  Please contact the Church Relations Office if you’re interested in a particular speaker or would like our help in finding the right guest speaker for your church.


John Brittain: Dean of the Chapel, Professor of Religion

John Brittain is dean of the chapel and professor of religion at Houghton.  A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, he also earned degrees from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.  He is in his 42nd year of ministry as a United Methodist pastor and has spent 33 of them in campus work.  He is a frequent speaker in area churches and has been a preacher for the Chambers Camp.  He and his wife, Eileen, a professor at Jamestown Community College Olean Campus, have two children and four grandchildren.  They have led student mission trips to many countries on five continents, most recently to India.


Jon Case: Associate Professor of Theology

Jonathan P. Case is professor of theology and teaches courses in Christian theology, world religions and new religious movements, and contemporary culture in theological perspective.  He came to Houghton College in 2005 after serving for several years as lecturer in theological studies at Kingsley College, Melbourne (Australia), under appointment from Global Partners (Wesleyan World Missions).  He also has taught intensives in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Russian Federation.  Prior to his appointment in Australia, Case taught at Augsburg College (Minneapolis), worked as a research associate at Church Innovations Institute (St. Paul) and served as a pastor in Oklahoma. His articles and reviews have appeared in Crucible, Word and World, Dialog, Journal of Christian Theological Research and Aldersgate Papers, and he speaks frequently at conferences throughout the country.  Case holds the M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City) and the Ph.D. from Luther Seminary (St. Paul).

Connie Finney: Professor of Education

  • Understanding learning and memory
  • Scripture-based devotional talks
  • Understanding the Mennonite church

Mike Jordan: Church Relations

Michael Jordan works in Houghton's Church Relations department, as well as teaching the occasional class in Bible and theology.  He served as the pastor of Exton Community Baptist Church in suburban Philadelphia from 2002-2009.  Mike's graduate work focused on the role of worship in the local church, and he is particularly interested in how preaching and worship can build strong relationships between Christians.  Mike's ordination was in an American Baptist church, but he is now a member of Houghton Wesleyan.  His wife, Jill, is a mathematician at Houghton; together, they raise their three young children, Grace, Jack, and Lucy.

H. "Skip" Lord: Executive Director of Athletics

Coach "Skip" Lord is the Executive Director of Athletics at Houghton College where he has served as a coach and administrator for 25 years. He enjoys supporting area churches through pulpit supply and has served as an interim pastor. He has served as a youth director and directed youth camps for over 30 years. Coach is also deeply involved in missions, having led 18 international teams, and serves as the volunteer coordinator of sports ministry for Global Partners, the missions arm of The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Joan, raised their now-grown children here in Houghton.

J. Michael Walters 

J. Michael Walters is professor of Christian ministry and director of ministerial education at Houghton.  He has spent 18 years in pastoral ministry, pastoring churches in Texas, Ohio, and New York state.  His primary interests are in the areas of discipleship, worship, and the mission of the church.  He is ordained in The Wesleyan Church.

Paul Young: Professor of Psychology

Paul Young has taught at Houghton College since 1980, where he teaches psychology and chairs the social sciences. He has spoken to married couples retreats and men's groups and enjoys pulpit supply. A member of Houghton Wesleyan Church, he sings in the choir with Debbie, who married him 35 years ago.  They have three daughters and two grandchildren.

In addition, the faculty members below do not generally preach in churches, but would be glad to come and share with your church in their areas of expertise. 

Douglas Gaerte: Professor of Communication

  • Interpersonal, relational, and family/marital communication
  • Drama in the church

Cathy Freytag: Associate Professor of Education

  • Inclusive (special needs) childhood development and education

Richard Halberg: Professor of Business

  • Personal financial planning
  • Biblical perspectives on money and wealth
  • Investments/retirement planning

David Huth: Assistant Professor of Visual Communications and Media Arts

  • The use of media arts in the church
  • Film/internet/media and contemporary culture

Mark Hijleh: Professor of Music

  • Theology of the arts
  • World music and world Christianity
  • Music in worship
  • Postmodernity and Christian culture

Ndunge Kiiti: Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Human rights and justice issues

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb: Associate Professor of Philosophy

  • Biomedical ethics
  • Just war and pacifism
  • Worship and the Christian Year

Linda Mills-Woolsey: Professor of English

  • Spiritual disciplines
  • Lessons from the lives of women mystics
  • Journal-keeping for spiritual growth
  • Family history and memory-keeping

Ted Murphy: Professor of Art

  • Film studies
  • Impact of media/film on culture
  • Art history
  • How art speaks to issues facing Christians today

Bill-John Newbrough: Associate Professor of Piano

  • Sacred and classical piano concerts
  • Worship/devotional concerts

Meic Pearse: Professor of History

  • Religion and War
  • Apologetics
  • Why the Rest Hates the West
  • Do all religions lead to God?
  • Doctrinal and ethical issues

Paul W. Shea, D. Missiology, Associate Professor of Missions

  • Global Christianity
  • Preparation for cross-cultural mission
  • Local church mission outreach
  • Islam and religions
  • General preaching
  • Experience: area churches; senior retreats; youth events and retreats; missions events and conventions.