Alumni - Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Meet our graduates

It is not surprising that our graduates have been extremely successful in finding ministry-oriented employment and in gaining admission to prestigious graduate schools, law schools, and seminaries. Read about a few of our students for an idea of the many career opportunities you can pursue.

  • Dan Wilt-
    Dan Wilt ’87 Freelance Writer, Artist, Educator, and Conference Speaker

    Dan is currently a freelance writer, artist, educator and conference speaker, and has written for industry voices such as Worship Leader Magazine, Vertical Music and Vineyard Music.

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  • David Layser-
    David Layser ’10 Pastor joins fellow alum to create music collective

    October Wedding plays indie folk rock.

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  • Derrick Whitmore-
    Derrick Whitmore ’02 Youth Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Church

    Derrick has served as a youth pastor in two different churches—first at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and currently at Shepherd of the Hills Church (United Churches of Christ) in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

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  • Jason Porterfield-
    Jason Porterfield

    Porterfield heard God's call to the city in a Messiah College chapel while listening to an Amish farmer tell how God had plucked him off the farm and dropped him into the inner city.

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  • Jen Stalling-
    Jen Stalling

    In Messiah's department of Biblical and religious studies, I found a safe environment for asking difficult questions, as well as professors who were readily accessible, genuinely invested in my growth and supportive through my process of vocational discernment.

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  • Jonathan Fuller-
    Jonathan Fuller ’16 Christian ministries major heads to seminary

    When Christian ministries and history major Jonathan Fuller ’16 visited Messiah during his college search, the Burlington, North Carolina, native knew he’d found the right place. “If you can fall in love with Messiah on a cold February morning, you can love it anytime,” he said.

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  • Julian (Jay) Forth-
    Julian (Jay) Forth ’06 Studied Christian Ministries & Peace and Conflict Studies

    Julian (Jay) Forth, graduated in 2006 with a degree in Christian Ministries (Global Ministries concentration) and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He entered Duke Divinity School in fall 2006, where he is working on a master's degree in Christian ethics.

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  • Keith Miller-
    Keith Miller Leader of LifePath Church

    Keith's passion is to plant the seeds for a multi-generational faith community, to help people experience the freedom of living in God’s kingdom, and to make disciples of Jesus who can walk with others through the same process.

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  • Kris Sledge-
    Kris Sledge ’13 Pennsylvania pastor finds faith amid crisis

    Alum responds to tragedy with hope

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  • Leslie Giboyeaux-
    Leslie Giboyeaux ’17

    Martin Scholar heads to Princeton Seminary

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  • Melanie Howard-
    Melanie Howard ’08

    When choosing a college, it was important to me to find an institution that would not only help me to grow into a mature scholar but would also equip me with the tools that I would need to serve the church in my future endeavors. Messiah did all of this and more.

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  • Nick Sider-
    Nick Sider ’10 Artist's work goes viral

    NYC embraces Nick Sider's photorealistic art

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  • Patrick McCullough-
    Patrick McCullough ’02 President of the Society of Biblical Literature Student Association

    Pat graduated from our department in 2002. He later completed a masters of divinity at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, and is now writing his dissertation on Christian origins at UCLA.

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  • Sarah Mae Eisele-
    Sarah Mae Eisele ’01 Studying at Boston University

    Sarah Mae Eisele graduated from Messiah in 2001 with a degree in Bible. She then accepted a year-long ministry assignment at her Assemblies of God church in Marcy, New York, where she worked with youth and children, participated on the worship team, and preached in evening services. In 2003 she joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), eventually working with a variety of people groups--Indigenous Australians, school children and prostitutes in Thailand, and teenagers in Australia.

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