Religion faculty

John Hubers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Th.M., Lutheran School of Theology
M.Div., New Brunswick Theological Seminary
B.A., Northwestern College (Iowa)

712-707-7306
john.hubers@nwciowa.edu

Profile

John Hubers earned a doctorate in world Christianity and global mission from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has 13 years of experience living in the Middle East, where he initially taught English and then served as a pastor of congregations in Oman and Bahrain. Upon returning to the United States, he pastored a congregation composed primarily of students from the University of Michigan before joining the Reformed Church in America's headquarters as the denomination's supervisor of mission programs in the Middle East and South Asia. Most recently he was senior pastor of the Reformed Church in Plano (Texas). Hubers' areas of expertise include Christian Zionism, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and the history and current practice of Christian mission among Muslims.


Publications and presentations

  • "Making Friends with Locusts: Early American Missionary Perspectives of Muslims and Islam, 1810-1843." International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Vol. 33, No. 3. July 2009. p. 151-54.
  • "It is a Strange Thing: The Millennial Blindness of Christopher Columbus." Missiology, Vol. 37, No. 3. July 2009.
  • "Explaining Islam Apocalyptically." Reformed Review. Spring 2008. Vol. 61, No. 2.
  • "Palestinians, Christian Zionists and the Good News Gospel." Journal of Lutheran Ethics. May 2007. Vol. 7, Issue 5.

Professional experience

  • Senior Pastor, Reformed Church in Plano, Plano, Texas
  • Supervisor of Reformed Church in America's Mission Programs in the Middle East and South Asia; Stewardship Coordinator for the Synod of the Heartland
  • New Start Mission Pastor, University Reformed Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Missionary Pastor, National Evangelical Church, Manama, Bahrain
  • Missionary Pastor and Co-Chaplain, Protestant Church in Oman, Muscat, Oman
  • Missionary Pastor of the English Language Congregation of the Salalah Christian Center, Salalah, Oman
  • Pastor, Hawthorne Reformed Church, Hawthorne, New York
  • English Language Tutor, American Mission School, Manama, Bahrain

Memberships

  • Student member of Midwest Missions Study Fellowship
  • RCA representative on the Interfaith Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA)
  • Founding member of the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism

Honors

  • Luce Interfaith Fellowship, 2008
  • Benjamin Lanham Rogers Prize in Old Testament, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 1982
  • George Augustus Sandham Scholarship, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 1982