Christy Hill

Dr. Christy Hill
AddressGrace College and Theological Seminary
00 Seminary Drive
Winona Lake, IN 46590

Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Womens Ministries, Grace Theological Seminary

B.A., Wheaton College,
M.A., Talbot School of Theology,
Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology,

Dr. Hill brings her passion and training in spiritual formation to facilitate the holistic development of students while at Grace. Her research interests include personal and interpersonal development with empirical work conducted in the area of adult attachment styles and relationship with God variables.

She taught at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology before coming to Grace. While she focuses primarily in women’s ministries, she has served in a variety of leadership roles cross-culturally, in the local church and in the parachurch context.

Dr. Hill has developed a number of Bible study materials, published in the Christian Education Journal and presented research findings at the North American Professors of Christian Education Conference, a society of which she is a member.


Journal Article:
“The Role of Friendship in Spiritual Formation,”; Christian Education Journal 4 NS/1 (Fall 2000), 45-62.

Robinson, B. (Ed.). (2004). Women’s Ministry in the 21st Century. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing.
Lawson, K. (Ed.). (2002). Theology and Christian Education: An annotated bibliography. La Mirada, CA: NAPCE funded publication.

The Role of Attachment Styles in Relationship with God among Evangelical Christians in Southern California. (Doctoral Dissertation, Biola University, 2003). Dissertation Abstracts International, 64, (University Microfilms No. AA130-88095).

7 Questions with Dr. Hill:

1) What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of teaching and ministry?
I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature – walking, hiking, & biking. If I can couple this with a kindred spirit type conversation, then it heightens the delight for me. I also enjoy eating at ethnic restaurants, watching an eclectic mix of movies and reading books.

2) Who are the members of your immediate family?
Since I am single, my immediate family is my family of origin. I am the youngest of four siblings and very much enjoy the children of my brother and sister. I have 7 nieces and nephews who all live in Ashland, OH. My friendships also provide a sense of family for me as we journey through life together and support each other in many significant ways.

3) What is one of your most memorable experiences in ministry?
A memorable experience came when I celebrated the completion of my doctoral studies. Besides the immense relief that came from completing my dissertation, the added joy of having family and friends celebrate with me brought the blessing to completion. Many of my family members from Ohio came out to be a part of this momentous occasion, along with a surprise visit from one of my dearest friends who also flew out from Ohio. My graduation party brought my many worlds together as local friends and colleagues gathered with my family on a picturesque mountaintop to celebrate this accomplishment. For a brief moment, so many of my significant relationships were all in the same place at the same time. This left an indelible mark in my memory.

4) What was the topic of your Dmin, Th.D, or Ph.D dissertation?
My empirical research investigated the relationship between adult attachment style and variables of relationship with God. My research questions were driven by a desire to contribute to the body of knowledge concerning spiritual theology, namely how God is at work in our lives to grow us spiritually. It seems that if spiritual growth is dependent on an ever-deepening relationship with God, then our pre-formed relational constructs (attachment style) may be a factor in the spiritual maturing process. The findings of this study supported the notion that adult attachment style is correlated to relationship with God variables (for better or for worse). In that case, the implications support a relational ministry context that helps people grow relationally, not just cognitively.

5) What classes do you teach? Which is your favorite to teach?

Studies in Spiritual Formation
Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Management
Women and Scripture
I enjoy teaching in the area of spiritual formation the most. No matter what I teach, I am always looking for God to transform our lives (even mine as well). I look forward to developing a course of study here at Grace that will help equip women to lead others in spiritual formation.

6) Outside the Bible, what are some of the most influential books in your life?
Certain books have been part of my spiritual formation process and have spoken truth into my life at just the right time. Some of these include:

The Master Plan of Discipleship by Robert Coleman
The Sacred Romance, The Journey of Desire, Wild at Heart, Waking the Dead & Captivating by John Eldredge
Inside Out, Finding God, Connecting, The Safest Place on Earth, Soul Talk by Larry Crabb
The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines & Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
Windows of the Soul & Intimate Moments with the Savior by Ken Gire
Your God is too Safe by Mark Buchannan
Joseph: Great Lives Series by Chuck Swindoll

7) What is your most recent area of research?

Ancient church writings on Spiritual Theology
Ministering to women in a variety of contexts and seasons of the soul
Relational and emotional maturity for leaders in ministry
The provision of friendship and community as a unique context for spiritual growth

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