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Corban University

Dr. Amit Bhatia

Director of the OSCI Extension
Assistant Professor

503-375-7125

abhatia@corban.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Intercultural Studies – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.
  • M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Certificate in Biblical Studies – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A. Computer Science/Mathematics, Business Administration – Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.

Professional

Dr. Amit Bhatia serves as the director of Corban’s Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) Extension. Under Dr. Amit’s leadership and through a partnership with Paid in Full Oregon, Corban began offering the first four-year, fully accredited degree program in the Oregon prison system in 2019.

Dr. Bhatia comes to Corban from Village Church in Lincolnshire, Ill., where he served as the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship. He has also taught at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin for Trinity International University’s own prison degree program.

In addition to education in the prison system, Dr. Bhatia is passionate about equipping Christians to engage their Muslim neighbors. He is the author of Engaging Muslims & Islam: Lessons for 21st-Century American Evangelicals (Urban Loft Publishers) and has an interest in developing Christians who serve in the Middle East North Africa, a Muslim-majority region. He travels once a year to teach at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, to invest in the academic and spiritual development of church leaders there.

Personal

Dr. Bhatia was born and raised in India and grew up as a Hindu. After moving to the U.S. for college and beginning his career in computer science, Amit gave his life to Jesus Christ. He is an avid tennis player, and loves to hike with his wife Kathy.

Why Corban

“I am passionately committed to the development of interculturally and academically equipped Christian college students in their personal and ministry lives. I have a deep interest in developing inmates to serve as Christ’s ambassadors in the prison system in Oregon.”