Crown College Honors

Truth. Beauty. Goodness. Wisdom.

Join a community of distinguished scholars exploring truth, faith, science, and culture to engage minds and serve others.

Crown Honors students have a passion for excellence and growth. We look for relentlessly curious individuals who want to ask big questions, engage with complex answers, and build a community of distinguished scholars.

Honors Scholarship Opportunities

Crown Honors students accepted into the program will receive up to a full-tuition academic scholarship allowing students to focus on becoming distinguished scholars prepared to serve others.

Program Details

Students accepted into the Crown Honors program can expect rigorous academic scholarship around the themes of Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Wisdom. The program involves two phases: Engaging in the Honors Community + Becoming a Distinguished Scholar. Students who enter this program will minor in Honors.

Years 1 + 2

Honors Community

Explore truth, faith, science, and culture in a series of courses together with other members of the Crown Honors community.

Participate in a holistic Honors retreat focused on renewing your mind and spirit.

Years 3 + 4

Distinguished Scholar

Experience an immersive academic study abroad trip.

Complete an Honors research project 1:1 with Crown Faculty resulting in a thesis presentation.

Collegiate Cohort

Students aren’t in this alone. Join a group of diverse scholars from a wide array of majors across Crown’s academic offerings. For four years, students minds will be sharpened through stimulating discussions and debate by some of the greatest teachers — their peers.

Faculty-Guided Research

Through all four years every single student will have access to one-on-one mentorship with a faculty member. Students will spend intentional time with faculty members who will walk alongside them in their academics, personal life and faith-walk. In Years 3 + 4 Crown Honors students will conduct a research project, under the direction of a Crown Honors faculty member, that concludes with a thesis presentation.

Study Abroad

Greater knowledge doesn’t just come from books. It comes from broadening your horizons. Crown Honors provides students with an immersive learning experience in an international environment.

Community Events

Genius isn’t bound to the classroom; some of the greatest ideas where penned on the back of napkins during a social gathering. Crown Honors students will be invited to community events within the scholarly community at Crown College to build relationships with like-minded individuals that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Justin Winzenburg

Director of Crown Honors

Dr. Justin Winzenburg is Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at Crown. He has his Ph.D. in New Testament from London School of Theology in the UK. His expertise is in the areas of the New Testament and its Roman Imperial context as well as in New Testament hermeneutics. He recently published a monograph with Mohr Siebeck (Tubingen, Germany) entitled Ephesians and Empire: An Evaluation of the Epistle’s Subversion of Roman Imperial Ideology.

Dr. Winzenburg teaches a wide range of New Testament courses including Paul’s letter to the Romans, New Testament History, Corinthians Correspondence, and Topics in Biblical Studies: Revelation. He also co-teaches classes on faith, religion, and political powers, global theology, faith and film, and the first semester Honors course entitled Truth: Critical Thinking and Writing.

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology, Crown College

Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Bethel Seminary

PhD. Middlesex University, London UK (London School of Theology)

Affiliated with:

  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature

Co-Organizer with:

  • Twin Cities New Testament Colloquium

Ephesians and Empire: An Evaluation of the Epistle’s Subversion of Roman Imperial Ideology. WUNT 2, 573; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2022.                                 

Common Questions

Yes, Once a student is awarded an honors scholarship in conjunction with being accepted into the program, their scholarship will be granted to them for the duration while they are enrolled in their degree program so long as they maintain the Honors program requirements.

Crown’s Honors program requires a minimum of three years to complete. In some cases where students have two full years completed, they may choose add a third year to their program in order to participate in Crown Honors. This also offers opportunity for the student to add a second major or a second minor.

The Honors program will cover any costs associated with the Fall Honors retreat, and community activities/events. Students will be responsible for covering their own textbook costs and the built-in course fee for HON 330: Honors Study Abroad. This course will be taken the third year that students are enrolled in the Honors program. The course fee will cover all travel expenses to the study abroad location and while on location, as well as food, lodging, and other costs associated with the course. Students will be notified of the final course fee costs the Fall semester before the course runs (that next Spring). Upon acceptance into the program, students are encouraged to begin saving/planning for the HON 330 course fee.

Become a Crown College Honors Student


  • Minimum ACT/SAT score of 30/1330 SAT* and acceptance into Crown College. Other students will be considered by the Director on a case-by-case basis.
    *Crown College does not require an ACT/SAT to be admitted, but is necessary for Crown Honors
  • Students must be pursuing a residential degree program.
  • Must be at least 17 years old at start of program.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3


If you are applying to attend Crown College as an Honors student, please follow the process below:

  1. Express your interest in the program
  2. Submit your Application for Admission to Crown
  3. Send us your scores and transcripts
  4. You will be contacted by your admissions counselor about further steps