Department of Theology

School of Christian Thought


Department of Theology
School of Christian Thought
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298

(281) 649-3383

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Department of Theology Faculty:

Ben C. Blackwell, PhD
Director, Master of Arts in Theological Studies; Assistant Professor of Christianity
Jason Maston, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, Chair, Department of Theology; Director, Center for Exploring Ministry Careers;
Michael Bird, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor of Theology
Craig Evans, DHabil, PhD
Dean, School of Christian Thought; John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins
Joshua R. Farris, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology
Randy Hatchett, PhD
Professor of Christianity
Cristie Jo Johnston, DMin
Professor of Theology
Jeremiah J. Johnston, PhD
Associate Professor of Early Christianity; Special Assistant to the President; President, Christian Thinkers Society
Jerry Johnston, DMin
Vice President, Advancement, Innovation and Strategic Marketing, Professor of Theology
Mike Licona, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
Philip Nation, DMin
Assistant Professor of Leadership and Biblical Studies
Robert B. Sloan, Jr., PhD
University President; Professor of Theology
Felisi Sorgwe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Daniel R. Streett, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
When asked about the most important commandment, Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength.”  At Houston Baptist University’s Department of Theology we encourage our students to take Jesus’ words seriously. God wants us to love him with every part of our being.  Our particular focus is helping you learn to love God with your mind, but we don’t separate this from loving God with your heart and soul and from loving your neighbor as yourself.  If you are looking for a school where you can be shaped spiritually and your professors love the Lord, know their stuff, care about their students, bring a wealth of ministry experience to the classroom, and enjoy life, we invite you to consider the programs here at HBU.

You might be looking to prepare for a career in ministry, to find the answer to life’s questions, or to deepen your faith.  In any case you will find something in our department for you.  Our students hail from a variety of ethnic, social, and denominational backgrounds, so you will definitely feel at home here with us.  


We offer three degrees in our department, and each one offers quite a bit of flexibility for you to pursue those areas where God is calling you.  For undergraduates, we offer a BA in Christianity (and various minors).  For graduate students, our MA in Theological Studies (MATS) and our Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees leads you into further depth and engagement.  In each of these programs, we build from a strong foundation on the Bible and progress towards historical and theological studies in order to help you apply God’s word in the modern world.  With this strong foundation you will be prepared to serve the church in all sorts of ministries or pursue further study.
You might also be interested in the BA in Biblical Languages and the MA in Biblical Languages.


Though based in the academy, our faculty bring a wealth of ministry experience from local, national, and international settings.  We always teach with an eye towards building the Kingdom of God inside and outside the classroom through personal relationships with students.  If you want to know us better, we all blog with the other School of Christian Thought faculty.

Student Opportunities

What does it look like to be a student in our department?  It starts with hard work.  We push you to read the Bible with fresh eyes, sharpen your writing skills, and engage Christian faith traditions outside your own.  Loving God more deeply with your mind won’t be easy, but it will change your life.  A big part of that change will be your new friendships that will last a lifetime.  Are you willing to take the journey?

You might also be interested in these other items:
  • We don’t just talk Christianity; we live it.  Our students often serve in ministry while in our programs, and many serve internationally on trips during the summer.
  • We have an active chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society for Theology and Religious Studies.
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May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. ~ 2 Corinthians 13:14