Religion & Global Service

Learning, Living and Serving

Integrating scholarship with the needs of the world to prepare Christians to serve the global community.

The world is complex…

God’s people must engage the hard questions that face us.

We believe God’s word is still relevant and foundational to a robust and winsome expression of Christ’s mission. Biblical studies at Houghton prepares students to be Biblically well-versed, theologically informed, and spiritually vibrant Christian scholars, equipped to serve God in a multitude of ways.

The mission of the department is to provide study opportunities in all three areas and to prepare Christians to serve in the global community. Career options for majors in these fields vary widely. Houghton graduates go into business, church-related work, counseling, education, finance, government service, journalism, law, library science, linguistics, medicine, missions, public administration, relief work and translation as well as other fields.

The mind and reason are gifts of God; scholarship assists faith. At Houghton, we seek to apply reason in partnership with grace as we think critically about our world, the Bible and ethical issues in the Church and the world. The Bible is not only literature but also the word of God. We study and teach the Bible as people of faith, without apology, who employ the tools of scholarship to help us listen more carefully to the voice of God in Scripture.

Careers in Religion & Global Service

A degree in Religion & Global Service from Houghton University provides opportunities for a variety of fulfilling careers, as demonstrated by the lists below.


What They’re Doing
  • Bible teacher
  • Camp director
  • Chaplain
  • Church planter
  • College professor
  • District superintendent
  • Missionary
  • Musical director
  • Pastor
  • Youth minister
Grad Schools Attended
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Duke University Divinity School
  • Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
  • Yale University Divinity School

Global Service

What They’re Doing

  • Community development
  • Relief services
  • Global Health services
  • Education
  • Missions
  • Evangelism
  • Church planting
  • Theological education
  • Administration in service industries
  • Bible translation
  • Literacy work in both nearby and global cross-cultural settings

Grad Schools Attended

  • Alfred University
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Buffalo State University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Mansfield State University (PA)
  • Nazareth College
  • Regent University
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of South Carolina
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

Faculty & Staff

Jonathan Case

Professor of Theology
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Marcus Dean

Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missions
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Karen Hotchkiss

Off Campus Studies Assistant, Academic Coordinator: Religion, Humanities & Global Studies
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Michael Jordan

Dean of the Chapel
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Eli Knapp

Professor of Ecology
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Kristina LaCelle-Peterson

Professor of Religion
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Peter Meilaender

Dean of Religion, Humanities, and Global Studies; Professor of Political Science
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Eva Meilaender

Instructor of German
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J.L. Miller

Chair of Religion, Associate Dean of the Chapel, Adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry
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Terry Paige

Professor of New Testament; Program Coordinator, Biblical Studies
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Brian Webb

Director, Center for Faith, Justice, and Global Engagement & Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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