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Muhia Karianjahi, Ph.D.

Muhia Karianjahi

Graduate Program and Global Initiatives Manager
On Staff since 2013

Phone: 715.479.7474 x305
Email: muhia.karianjahi@wheaton.edu


  • Ph.D. in Education Studies: Biola University, 2013 
  • M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education and Intercultural Studies): Wheaton College, 2003 
  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering: University of Nairobi, 1988

About Muhia

I am a Kenyan who was raised and schooled in the City of Nairobi. Though raised in a Christian family, I made the unfortunate choice to live in rebellion through college. It was not until later while working as a wilderness outdoor instructor that Jesus captured my heart using his Creation. This led to several decades of exploring, designing, and rolling out experiential programs for spiritual and life-skills development of young people and youth workers in Africa.

My life journey has been punctuated by divinely appointed encounters with Christ’s ambassadors. Chief among them is my soul mate and wife Marcy, who is a constant reminder of Christ’s love for his church; and as reminders of the Father’s love, my two sons Kiama (1999) and Wangai (2001). God has also used mentors and colleagues at the Nairobi Chapel Association of Churches, Tanari (a youth centered Christian non-profit based in Nairobi), Christian Camping International, Wheaton College and Biola University to nurture in me a passion to point young people to Jesus through experiential learning.

I subscribe to the Ubuntu adage: it takes a village to raise up a child, and believe that village to be the global church today. My journey with young people and those who love, live and work with them brought me to HoneyRock. I love sharpening one another with graduate students and the entire family at this leadership laboratory. I am excited to explore what loving God and learning from the worldwide neighbor looks like in authentic Christian community.


I am engaged in the following areas of research:

  • Christian formation through rites of passage
  • Experiential learning 
  • Positive youth development
  • The worldwide Christian camping movement