News: Hixson Awarded $25K Grant

CCU Professor Awarded Grant to Study Intersection of STEM and Worship

Dr. Cory Hixson to explore work-worship connections in the Christian community and lifestyle.

Dr. Cory Hixson, associate professor of engineering at Colorado Christian University, has been awarded a $25,000 Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grant to advance the exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professional practice as components of Christian worship.

"The Vital Worship Grant provides a unique opportunity to delve into Christian worship, exploring the dimensions of professional practice in STEM fields,” Hixson said. “The initiative seeks to bridge the gap between faith and technological advancement, uncovering how our daily work can be a form of worship.”

Hixson’s study is made possible through a Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. It will support initiatives to unravel the connections between STEM practice and worship within the Christian community and lifestyle. This work will serve the local church as well as the global church by, ultimately bringing awareness to God-glorifying activities.

“The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grant reflects a commitment to developing an understanding between faith and professional practice,” said Eric K. Hogue, CCU president. “At CCU, we are extremely excited for Dr. Hixson’s research and insights that seek to bridge the worlds of STEM and worship.”

Hixson will utilize the funds to conduct a thorough study, including interviews with Christian STEM professionals, hosting a STEM practice as worship forum, and organizing a seminar tailored for pastors and Christians engaged in STEM fields.

If you are a Christian STEM professional interested in participating in Dr. Hixson’s study, please email him at for more information.