Dr. John Hubers '76 Associate Professor of Religion; Director of Global Education


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)


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.

Since 2015, Hubers has also served as director of global education. His responsibilities include overseeing Northwestern’s semester programs in Denver, Oman and Romania; working with faculty and students in planning summer study abroad courses; and exploring sites for establishment of future study abroad programs.

I am a Pilgrim, a Traveler, a Stranger: An Exploration of the Life and Thought of the Rev. Pliny Fisk,

America’s First Missionary to the Muslim World - book to be published by Wipf & Stock in 2016

"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.

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

Past president (2014) 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

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