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J-Term trip sparks alum's future
Joshua Miller describes benefits of studying Bible and preparing for seminary at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“Whether on location or back on campus, Huntington professors bring to the classroom genuine and earthy experience in what is being taught. It makes the teaching especially honest, down-to-earth and insightful. It carries weight because it is immersed in reality.”

Joshua Miller has traveled a winding road to settle where he is today. From a trip to Israel, to ministry in New York and then to graduate studies in Kentucky, Josh has committed to following God’s calling in his life, wherever that leads. A 2001 alumnus of Huntington University, Josh majored in Bible and religion. After graduation, he and wife Andrea headed to Liverpool, N.Y., beginning a three-year stint in youth ministry at a Free Methodist Church.

“I did everything from youth ministry to short-term mission trips to assistant pastor duties,” Josh said.

When asked what prompted his decision to return to school, Josh instantly knows the answer. “Calling,” he quickly said. “That’s basically what it was. I felt called to go to Liverpool and be in ministry for awhile, but even during and before that time, I believed God was leading me to a vocation of teaching. I knew graduate school was somewhere in my future.”

A Huntington University January-Term trip to Israel during Josh’s sophomore year sparked his calling to teach biblical studies. That trip, led by Dr. Mark Fairchild, allowed classroom studies of biblical history and biblical archeology to come alive. And since that trip, Dr. Fairchild has played an integral role in Josh’s decision to pursue a career in higher education.

“I know that my choice to go to Asbury and to even consider other schools was a direct result of conversations with my previous professors,” Josh said. “I know I wouldn’t have come to Asbury specifically if I wouldn’t have had some long, in-depth conversations with some people back at Huntington.”

With several Huntington University off-campus opportunities to study and serve, Josh encourages other students to expand their global visions. Many trips allow for students and professors to dig deep into specific studies together.

“Whether on location or back on campus, Huntington professors bring to the classroom genuine and earthy experience in what is being taught,” Josh said. “It makes the teaching especially honest, down-to-earth and insightful. It carries weight because it is immersed in reality.”

Along with personal interaction with professors, Josh cites smaller class sizes and the college campus as important aspects of his all-around education at Huntington.

“You had a voice in class and could ask questions and make helpful contributions,” Josh said. “Also, the size of the campus gave me a healthy sense of accountability, kind of like growing up in a small town. It keeps you true to who you are and helps you be who you want to be.”

Defining that sense of a small-town campus can be a challenge, but Josh sums up the unique Huntington atmosphere as a community of people with spiritual honesty.

“You definitely find genuine people at Huntington and genuine faith,” reflects Josh. “These are people who seek God and try to do the best with their lives.”

At Huntington, he found exactly what he needed in the Bible and religion department with courses that went deep into biblical history and theology. Josh says there is nothing lacking in his undergraduate education that made him ill-prepared to continue his studies. He was even able to waive some of his classes at Asbury due to the preparation given him in the Bible and Religion department at Huntington.

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