Houston Graduate School of Theology

Becky Towne

Becky L. Towne


Houston Graduate School of Theology

Academic Dean

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Professor of Christian Spirituality

MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

DMin, Houston Graduate School of Theology, 2005

About Dr. Towne

Dr. Becky Towne grew up in League City, Texas, and moved back to the Houston area in 2008 after 31 years of pastoral ministry with her husband in Texas, Iowa, and Colorado. She has been a resident faculty member with Houston Graduate School of Theology since 2008 but was on the adjunct faculty team with the Doctor of Ministry Program for three years prior to joining the full-time faculty. She graduated from Barclay College, earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Towne is an administrator with teaching responsibilities. As Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, she works directly with doctoral students, develops curriculum, and oversees faculty.

Since her promotion to Associate Academic Dean in January 2009, she also works closely with master’s-level degree programs, with additional attention to students involved with certification in spirituality and spiritual direction. She teaches the foundational spirituality course on the master's level—Christian Spirituality—and a variety of Christian spirituality courses within the master’s and doctoral programs. She is a member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. Dr. Towne enjoys reading historical fiction, leading worship through music, and writing curriculum and devotionals. She and her husband, Jim, were married in 1976 and have 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law, and 10 grandchildren.

Courses Taught (Master's)

Christian Spirituality

History of Christian Spirituality

Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality

Congregations as Systems

Christian Devotional Classics

Spiritual Disciplines and Practices

Spiritual Formation in Congregations

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker for the Renovaré National Conference Pre-Conference Intensive April 3, 2014, “Biblical Foundations for Spiritual Formation”

  • Speaker for Women’s Conference, “Life in the Palace: Lessons from Esther,” February 2013

  • Christian Resource Scholar for Seminarian Retreat, presented by The Multicultural Alliance, January 2013 – “Christian Prayer”

  • Contributor, The Fruit of the Vine, devotionals based on the Spirituality of Paul’s Prayer in Col 1:9-14, 2015, and on the Spiritual Disciplines, 2012

  • Chapter Contributor – Just Moms: Conveying Justice in an Unjust World, 2011

  • Curriculum Development, Illuminate (Friends Bible Study), “Worship in The Revelation” (2010), “Friendly Perspectives” (2014)

Contact Information

Email: btowne@hgst.edu

Phone: 713-942-9505, ext. 219