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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."

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.