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Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart
  • Title Chair, Department of Religion and Philosophy
    Director of Youth Ministries Program
    Professor of Youth Ministry
  • Work Phone 574.257.3517
  • Office Administration Building, Room 314B 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Terry Linhart has served as Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy since 2005.  He came to Bethel in 2001 to serve as Director of the Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies degree program.  Before coming to Bethel, Terry served for 15 years in full-time youth ministry. His youth ministry experience includes eight years in para-church ministry with Youth for Christ and seven years as youth pastor at Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, IN. While in Youth for Christ, Terry served on the national training staff for Youth for Christ/USA. He was an adjunct professor of educational ministry at Huntington College from 1999-2000 and is a regular visiting professor at Alliance Graduate School in Quezon City, Philippines. He has been a guest lecturer at numerous institutions, including Michigan State University (Qualitative Research), Taylor University and many other seminaries and colleges.

Linhart received his B.A. (Music Theory) from Taylor University and his M.A. (Educational Ministry) from Huntington College. His Ph.D. (Purdue University) is in Curriculum Studies where he focused on the curricular nature of short-term cross-cultural service projects for adolescents. He has authored six books, numerous articles, and serves on a variety of review boards for various academic associations.   He was recently named the Director of the Youth Specialties Academic Support Network and he serves on their advisory team as well.  He also is a member of the ministry council for the National Network of Youth Ministries.

Terry serves on the board of directors for Hope Ministries in South Bend, Indiana, the board at Nappanee Missionary Church, and the pastoral advisory committee at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Terry has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 25 years and they have three teenage children—Lauren, Jayson and Sean.

In his spare time, Terry and Kelly love to travel, garden, write, drink coffee, and spend time with family. Terry’s hobbies include CrossFit training, fishkeeping, and being an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.


  • Association of Youth Ministry Educators
  • International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
  • North American Professors of Christian Education
  • American Educators Research Association
  • National Network of Youth Ministries
  • Network of Juvenile Justice Ministries