Religious Studies

Alumni

A degree in religion studies from Elmhurst leads to a cornucopia of opportunities. Graduates who have chosen a life of ministry have thrived as pastors, professors, counselors, youth ministers, chaplains and ministers of music. Other religion studies majors have succeeded in law, teaching, nursing, medicine, social work, clinical psychology and human resource management. Our alumni include:

  • Reinhold Niebuhr, 1910, one of the 20th century’s foremost theologians
  • H. Richard Niebuhr, 1912, president of Elmhurst College from 1924 to 1927 and a prominent theological ethicist
  • Walter Brueggemann ’55, a distinguished Old Testament scholar
  • Susan Schreiner ’74, professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School
  • Ronald Beauchamp '89, director of The Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst College   
  • LaShawn Jakes ’97, Baptist pastor in Chicago
  • Erin Skelly ’99, a fifth-grade teacher in St. Louis
  • Alexander Molozaiy ’01, UCC pastor 
  • Jessica R. Sheridan ’01, physician
  • Patrick Bentrott ’02, UCC missionary, Haiti
  • Rishad Motlani ’02, Ph.D., biomedical ethics consultant
  • Kelly J. Stone ’03, chaplain at Wellsley College
  • Karla Hardersen ’03, mother and graduate of Catholic Theological Union
  • Joseph Feldmann ’04, UCC Pastor
  • Marsha Sumner '05, hospital chaplain and pastor
  • Eliza S. Leatherberry '06, hospital chaplain
  • Sarah Thorpe '07, social worker
  • Brian Chenowith '08, minister
  • Emily Odean '09, minister
  • Kyle Tade '10, graduate student at Duke Divinity School
  • Sarah Frische-Mouri'10, graduate student at Christian Theological Seminary
  • Arik Borstad '11, graduate student at Eden Theological Seminary
  • Brian Kendrik '14, graduate student at North Park Seminary
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