Jennifer Collins

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Jenny Collins

Biblical Studies Department
TWO - Lighthouse Department

 

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Associate Professor of Missions & Director of Lighthouse

Office Location: Student Union - TWO Office
Phone: (765) 998-5361
Email: jncollins@tayloru.edu

Specialties: Student Development, cross-cultural missions, Lighthouse mission program, international service-learning, consumerism, biblical response to poverty, holistic and sustainable community development, effective short-term missions

 

Education:

MAR, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2000
BS, Computer Science/Systems, Taylor University, 1989
AA, Computer Technology, Trine University, High Honors, 1984


Why I Came to Taylor:

I wholeheartedly agree with Taylor’s mission and I have greatly enjoyed serving here for 25+ years. I appreciate the connections I have with students, teaching faculty, student development professionals and administrators. For a person who is passionate about cross-cultural missions, biblical scholarship, excellence in short-term missions, and working with young adults, I have the ideal position!

How do you Integrate Faith in the Classroom?

I believe my relationship with Christ should permeate all that I do and so it is a great privilege to integrate faith and learning in the classroom and help prepare students for God-glorifying intercultural ministry.  I enjoy active learning that incorporates biblical reflection, group discussion, analysis of missions case studies, interviews, blogging, etc. The goal is to move information to knowledge, knowledge to wisdom, and wisdom to advocacy and action. I want students to internalize a biblical view of God’s global purposes and to consider the role He is calling them to play. Other important topics include servant leadership, global theology, recognizing the beauty, diversity and struggles of the worldwide Church, the uniqueness of Christ, exploring the elements of personal character and commitment involved in long-term intercultural service and in being a world Christian.


Hobbies:

Books:
When Helping Hurts, Radical, Operation World, Culture Making, Generous Justice, The Same Kind of Different as Me, The Help…

Movies:
The Big Year, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Up, The Visitor, Slumdog Millionaire, Amazing Grace

TV:
Globe Trekker, the Travel Channel, Nature, NCIS

Countries visited recently
Czech Republic, India, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Trinidad, Ethiopia