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Rebekah Houff has been named to the position of coordinator of outreach programs for Bethany Theological Seminary, to begin June 1, 2012.

Houff is a 2012 graduate of Bethany, having earned a master of divinity degree with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry.

 

In this one-year position, Houff will work with Russell Haitch, associate professor of Christian education and director of the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults, to expand the Institute’s current programs, explore implementation of pilot projects for future programs, and assess ways for Bethany to further strengthen its outreach in youth and young adult ministry. Her responsibilities will include facilitation of educational opportunities for congregations, current Bethany students pursuing a youth and young adult ministry emphasis, and leaders in this ministry field as well as events for youth and young adults themselves.

A key responsibility will be to plan and facilitate the 2013 Exploring Your Call, a ten-day seminar for high school students finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Through classes, congregational involvement, service projects, and personal and spiritual enrichment, participants consider how faith, vocation, and God’s call intersect in their own lives. Revived in 2011, Exploring Your Call will be held this year from June 15-25 at Bethany in Richmond, Indiana.

Houff has previously served the Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office in coordinating national conferences and workcamps and has provided youth ministry leadership in several districts and churches in the denomination. "Bekah comes to this position with years of experience working with youth and young adults within and beyond the Church of the Brethren," said Brenda Reish, executive director of student and business services. "She is skilled at planning and leading events and engaging youth and young adults in conversations and worship relevant to their life stages and spiritual development."

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.