Christine Harlan started serving as the Chaplain of Dallas International University in February 2019. She and her husband, Dr. Mark Harlan, moved to the Dallas area six years earlier for Mark to become Director of the Abraham Center of Dallas International at that time.
Her duties include helping to plan the Chapels (called Transform) that take place 3 times a week; encourage prayer on campus in a variety of ways; be available to meet with students if they desire someone to talk to/pray with; visit with, email students/faculty/staff going through a hard time, and otherwise encourage those on campus spiritually and in other ways. The overall hope is to prepare each person on our campus to thrive in their relationship with the Lord in whatever life circumstances they find themselves in, but especially to prepare the students to endure the trials and spiritual warfare they are sure to encounter on the field.
Preparation for this position included several years of training by a campus ministry of being discipled and being taught to disciple others on various university campuses in the U.S., and in various countries behind the Iron Curtain. After she and Mark were married 40 years ago, they both attended Dallas Theological seminary, and then had approximately 20 years of serving in various Arab countries.
The Harlans have 3 grown children – one daughter is married and serving in missions in the Philippines; their son is living and working in Northern California; and their younger daughter is living with them and working in downtown Dallas.
Christine is grateful to be working at Dallas International with the high-caliber students, faculty and staff here. She prays that the Lord might use her to encourage them in the Lord – to trust our Mighty God for Great Things for His Glory, leading to His Word going forth to many searching peoples around the world.