Founded in 1836 under the leadership of the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory & Henry College is one of 92 senior colleges and universities affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
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Religion classes at Emory & Henry are taught with an emphasis on rigorous intellectual inquiry and mastery of a body of knowledge. While primary emphasis is given to the study of Judeo-Christian history and traditions, students also have the opportunity to pursue comparative religious studies through courses such as Asian Religions, and Judaism and Islam. The Religion Department offers the B.A. degree with a concentration in religion.
One distinctive aspect of classes at Emory & Henry is an emphasis on student participation and personal interaction in the classroom. Classes typically are small, and in virtually every class, there is a great deal of discussion
Since 1990, more than 60 E&H religion majors or minors have been accepted to and successfully completed graduate theological degrees from a number of schools, including the seminaries at Emory, Princeton, Yale, Duke, and Boston universities, and Wesley and Asbury seminaries, and most are now pursuing local church, teaching, or social justice ministries.
One of these graduates is Wil Cantrell, class of 2001, who currently serves as pastor at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Va. Cantrell has been integral in the implementation of a new recovery program for residents in Southwest Virginia who are battling substance abuse and addiction.
The college also offers numerous opportunities for students to become involved in spiritual life activities on campus. While rooted in the United Methodist tradition, our Spiritual Life support takes a holistic view and offers respect for each person's place across the spectrums of faiths and commitment.
College Chaplain Mary K. Briggs helps lead the E&H community of students, alumni, employees and area residents as they grow together in spiritual discernment. Whether your need is preparation for church ministry, counseling for a personal matter, or a place to meet friends, all are welcome.