The Hill School- The Family Boarding School
Campus Life

The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D., Firestone Endowment Chaplain and Chair of Religious Studies and Philosophy Department

The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D.2007-2008 was my first year at The Hill and my 25th of classroom teaching. I grew up in Culver, Indiana (a town my family founded in 1844), and was graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1971. I have an A.B. in English cum laude from Harvard College, an A.M. in English from Indiana University, an M.A.R. in theology summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School, a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, an M.M.S. and Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame, and did Clinical Pastoral Education at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Having spent most of my career as an English teacher and a chaplain in independent schools in Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri, I was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church on the feast of St. Bede the Venerable, May 25, 2007. I am a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and have published academic articles on a number of topics, from ethics to art history: but my specialties are the biblical commentaries of St. Bede and the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, including, most recently, articles for The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Thanks to a friend who owns a publishing company, I've also written a book of poetry, Falconry and Other Poems, and a fantasy novel, Rough Magicke, set in a mid-western boarding school. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm likely to be working on the wiring of my N-scale model railroad. Contact The Rev. John Houghton, Ph.D. at

The Rev. Anne Confer Martens '02, Warner Associate Chaplain

Anne Confer-Martens '02I am happy to be back at The Hill serving as the Warner Associate Chaplain. I grew up in York, Pennsylvania and came to Hill as a student in the fall of 1999, following in the footsteps of my brother and cousin. I graduated from The Hill in 2002. I have a B.A. in religious studies from Connecticut College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and an S.T.M. (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. I am approved for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In addition to serving as the associate chaplain, I teach in the Religious Studies and Philosophy department, coach JV girls' soccer, and assist with the School's community service program. I am a dorm parent in Johnson house, where I live with my husband, Eric, and our sons, Andrew and Timothy. Contact Anne Confer Martens '02 at

search login