Christopher McCreight, Chaplain
B.A., Hiram College
M.Div., Emory University
The Hiram College religious tradition is well-represented by James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, who gained local renown as a lay preacher through his debates with itinerant atheists. Hiram has a continuing relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a special scholarship fund exists for children of Disciples of Christ families and ministers. Because of this tradition, current religious life at the College is open and free of any sectarian emphasis.
Organized opportunities for worship and religious education, fellowship, and service exist for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim students. All are welcome. The College Chaplain, along with student groups, seeks to plan programs of interest to all students and to assist any student to express his or her religious tradition. Special attention is paid to both tradition-specific and interfaith programming in the Fisher All Faith Chapel and Meeting House.
The College has a special relationship with the Hiram Christian Church, which is adjacent to the campus. The church welcomes persons of many religious traditions, and students may retain membership in their home churches while affiliating as associate members of the Hiram church.
The College Chaplain is available for personal and spiritual counseling, as well as for advising religious groups and assisting Religious Life programming.