Houston Heflin, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Ministry

Phone: 325-674-3714
Email: houston.heflin@acu.edu
Office: 242 Bible Building
Address: ACU Box 29401, Abilene, TX 79699


  • Ed.D. (Leadership & Church Ministry), Southern Seminary, 2004
  • M.S. (Christian Ministry), Abilene Christian University, 1997
  • B.S. (Youth & Family Ministry) Abilene Christian University, 1995

Academic Publications

  • Heflin, Houston, Meredith Platt, and J. Kyle Roberts. 2014. Training and Teaching Methods of Volunteer Teachers. Christian Education Journal. 11(1): 24-32.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2014. A More Productive Harvest Through Adolescent Spiritual Formation. Leaven. 22(1): 24-28
  • Heflin, Houston. 2012. Teaching Eutychus: Engaging today's learners with passion and creativity. Abilene, TX: ACU Press.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2011. Supervision and success in youth ministry education internships. Journal of Youth Ministry. 9(2): 35-48.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2009. Youth Pastor: The theology and practice of youth ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 
  • Heflin, Houston. 2006. Walking ancient paths: Revisiting roles for service in youth ministry. Christian Education Journal. 3 (2): 316-329.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2003. Theories of motivation and youth ministry's adolescent learners. Journal of Youth Ministry. 2 (1): 57-70

Academic Appointment

  • Adams Center Research Fellow 2014

Research & Professional Interests

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Theological Field Education
  • Youth Ministry

Professional Associations

  • Society of Professors in Christian Education
  • Association of Youth Ministry Educators
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

Representative Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Digital Storytelling as Identity & Community Formation" (SPCE - Chicago, IL) 2013
  • "Teaching, Training, and Volunteer Teachers" (NAPCE - Dallas, TX) 2012
  • "Heads Up and a Host of Classroom Apps" (NAPCE - Dallas, TX) 2012
  • "Supervision & Success in Youth Ministry Internships" (AYME - Louisville, KY) 2010
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