Religion faculty

Mitchell Kinsinger, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion/Christian Education
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.Div., Western Theological Seminary
B.A., Wheaton College

VPH 115


Professor Kinsinger has a doctorate in religious studies and teaches courses on American religious history, the history of Christianity, and youth ministry. His research interests include Colonial American religion, religious pluralism, and American evangelicalism. His wife, Sandie, teaches in the psychology department and they have three sons.


  • Foundational Issues in Youth Ministry

    Foundational Issues in Youth Ministry

    This course will ground students in the concepts, issues and contexts which are foundational for the study of ministry with adolescents. This course will deepen and broaden current understandings of "youth ministry" by developing a student's biblical, theological, philosophical, and theoretical basis for work with the next generation of the church. Using the two basic categories of adolescent culture and adolescent ministry, this course will examine contemporary adolescent culture(s) and will assist students in investigating and evaluating their own experience of adolescence, as well as various models of ministry to and with adolescents, both within and outside the church. (4 credits)
  • Religion in America

    Religion in America

    (4 credits) Focusing on the Christian tradition, this course will examine the individual, institutions, movements and faith traditions which have shaped and contributed to the American religious experience. To understand both the variety of and unity within the pluralist religious landscape, the course will seek to evaluate the interrelationship between religion and the broader social, cultural and political aspects of the American experience.
  • Topics in the History of Christianity

    Topics in the History of Christianity

    (2 credits, offered on demand or discretion of department, consult department) A historical study of a religious group, theological movement or important leader in the history of the Christian church.
  • Topics in Religion

    Topics in Religion

    (2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests. Prerequisite: REL250 or permission of instructor.
  • Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry

    Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry

    An investigation and formulation of a philosophy of ministry to and with adolescents. Various theoretical issues will be examined which will inform and assist students in the development of a philosophy which is biblically grounded, developmentally sensitive, culturally relevant, and theologically contextualized to the world of contemporary adolescence. Prerequisite: CEY212 and junior or senior class standing. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)


  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society of Church Historians
  • Presbyterian Historical Society
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry