Jennifer Collins

Jenny Collins

Associate Professor of Missions & Biblical Studies

Office Location: Reade 127A
Phone: (765) 998-4542
Email: jncollins@tayloru.edu

Specialties: Cross-cultural missions, international service-learning, consumerism, biblical response to poverty, holistic community development, transformational community development, short-term missions, student development

 

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 30+ years. I appreciate the connections I have with students, faculty, student development professionals and administrators. For a person who is passionate about cross-cultural missions, biblical scholarship, holistic outreach (the spoken and ministered gospel), and working with young adults, I have the ideal position! 

How I 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 and biblical studies.  I enjoy active learning that incorporates biblical reflection, group discussion, analysis of 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:

travel, reading, biking, gardening, birding, outdoor activities

Books:

A Wind in the House of Islam, Journey Toward Justice, Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, When Helping Hurts, Radical, Operation World, Culture Making, Generous Justice

Movies:

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

Countries visited recently

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