Alumni profiles - Department of Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies

Meet our graduates

Our alumni are living out their vocations in churches, universities, non-profit organizations and more. Some went to graduate school immediately after finishing here, others headed straight into full-time ministry and others explored a number of options before settling in. We think their stories both inspire and challenge you.

  • 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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  • Carrie Bisciotti -
    Carrie Bisciotti ’13 Recruiter

    Carrie Bisciotti is a recruiter for TEKsystems, an IT staffing company in Harrisburg.

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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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  • Cory Mellinger-
    Cory Mellinger ’11 Alum applies philosophical skills that he gained from Messiah College to operate business

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  • Christina Beall -
    Christina Beall ’10 Associate, Teach For America

    Christina was a Business Administration major with minor in Philosophy. Currently she is an Associate, Office of the Chief Marketing Officer/Senior VP of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships for Teach for America. She regularly assists organization leadership in special projects and provides a range of administrative support.

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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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  • Ben Stolz-
    Ben Stolz ’10

    Ben Stolz, a 2010 Philosophy major, went on to become part of the highly competitive Americorps Program, Teach for America.

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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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  • 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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  • Angela Ellis-Hennesy ’06 Law School Student

    Angela graduated from Messiah College in 2006 with a humanities major with a philosophy concentration. In the fall of 2009, she applied for a public interest fellowship for law school after working for 2 ½ years as a case manager for a non-profit agency in Philadelphia that provides behavioral and health services to indigent children.

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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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  • Eric Allen -
    Eric Allen ’06 Philosophy and Psychology

    Eric Allen runs the business of Holistic Life Consultants (, where he helps business owners, executives, recent graduates, and parents successfully navigate through life with an increased sense of satisfaction and personal success

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  • Scott Forbes-
    Scott Forbes ’04 Business Systems Analyst

    After graduating with a major in philosophy in 2004, Scott took a position as a business systems analyst in May, 2005 for Stallion Oilfield Services, Houston Texas, where he is currently employed.

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  • Kevin Driver -
    Kevin Driver ’03 Medical Doctor

    Kevin Driver graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in both philosophy and biochemistry in 2003. In the spring of 2007, Kevin Driver received his medical degree from Columbia University's highly regarded College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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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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  • Sharon Hewitt-
    Sharon Hewitt ’02 Philosophy Professor

    The preparation I received for grad school [in philosophy] was excellent. I was able to go directly from receiving my bachelor's degree at Messiah to beginning a five-year Ph.D. program at the top-ranked department in analytic philosophy, at New York University.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeff Williams-
    Jeff Williams ’99 Pastor

    After graduating with a double major in Bible and philosophy, Jeff went to seminary, eventually becoming Senior Pastor at Nappanee Brethren in Christ Church, Nappanee Indiana.

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  • 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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