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.

Bible/Theology

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; Chair, Global Studies Department; Director of Off-Campus Studies
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Walter Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
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Karen Hotchkiss

Assistant, Off-Campus Studies; Academic Department Coordinator, Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy Departments
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Michael Jordan

Dean of the Chapel
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Eli Knapp

Professor of Intercultural Studies, Biology and Earth Science
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Kristina LaCelle-Peterson

Professor of Religion
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Eva Meilaender

Instructor of German
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J.L. Miller

Associate Dean of the Chapel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry
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Terry Paige

Professor of New Testament; Program Coordinator, Biblical Studies
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Michael Ritter

Assistant Professor of International Development
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Brian Webb

Sustainability Director; Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
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