School of Christian Thought

In the School of Christian Thought, we think in terms of story, God’s story:

The great focus of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is the story of God renewing His creation to be able to enjoy life with Him. It is within this broader narrative that our individual stories are caught up and transformed so that we live lives in thankful worship and obedience toward the One who created us.

At HBU, our School of Christian Thought exists to equip students with a rigorous biblical and theological education that trains students for whatever their calling may be: faithful discipleship in any vocation, an ongoing education, and ministry. We hope you join us as we follow God together.

Our Values

  • Transformation

    For us, education is not just about information, but also transformation, and touching the mind and heart.

  • Authenticity

    We are honest about our brokenness while walking on the path of restoration in Christ.

  • Community

    Christianity isn’t an individual pursuit; much of discipleship is just friendship.

  • Culture

    We value the ways God has worked in culture in the past, and look for ways to impact culture today.

  • Classics

    We don’t just read about great thinkers in history, we read their works.

  • Leadership

    The world is in need of leaders who draw others toward God’s story and who invest in others’ potential.


  • Department of Apologetics

    The Department of Apologetics give reasons for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) to help people come to faith in Christ. We challenge false ideas that form obstacles to belief in Christ and that give rise to disorder in human persons and in society. Within the church, we help Christians have a stronger faith and live out Christ’s call to love God with our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Learn more.

  • Department of Theology

    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. Learn more.

  • Department of Classics & Biblical Languages

    In the Department of Classics & Biblical Languages our faculty are very strong teachers who strive to help you not just learn the languages but also to understand the world in which they originated.  The goal in all of this is not some dry academic exercise but rather to help you develop as a whole person and prepare for your chosen vocation.
    Many of our graduates pursue careers in teaching or further degrees in law, education, medicine, creative writing, and business. Learn more.

Student Organizations

The School of Christian Thought offers many student organizations to expand the learning experience of our students and prepare them for their professional careers.

Various additional organizations exist within the University. Please check the list of Student Life Organizations for a comprehensive list.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Christian Thought is to serve and equip the Church; to provide students with foundational knowledge in philosophy, theology, and apologetics through reading and engagement with the ideas and languages of classic and biblical texts; to challenge students to display sound reasoning, to communicate clearly, and to demonstrate effective research skills; and to foster both intellectual and spiritual growth as students and faculty alike seek to glorify God in all things.

Request a Speaker

HBU’s faculty members are available to speak at churches, conferences, and other events. If you would like to request a faculty member for your next event, please contact The School of Christian Thought for details and availability.