James Macintosh Houston (born 21 November 1922) is a British-born Canadian theologian and academic who was Professor of Spiritual Theology and the first Principal of Regent College in Vancouver.
Born on 21 November 1922, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Houston moved to Oxford in 1945 for doctoral studies in geography at the University of Oxford. He received his doctorate in 1950. His thesis was titled The Social Geography of the Huerta of Valencia. Houston was a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, where he served as a geography lecturer.
Houston emigrated with his wife and four children to North America in 1970, and became one of the founders of Regent College, a graduate school of Christian studies. From 1970 to 1978, he was Principal of the college, and in 1991 he was appointed to the chair. His major areas of interest include the Christian mind, the Trinity, prayer, and spiritual formation. He has published numerous articles in books and scholarly journals. His autobi