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College chaplaincy offers close work with students

By Renee Elder, Special Contributor… The Rev. Christopher Momany draws his college-age flock from the 1,600-student campus of UM-related Adrian College in Michigan, where he serves as chaplain and teaches courses in philosophy and history. Dr. Momany said he began to think about a career in the ministry while he was still in school at […]

Q&A: Emphasizing ties to United Methodism

The Rev. Cameron West, 62, spent more than two decades in UM parish ministry before going into higher education, first at Brevard College (N.C.) as vice president and dean, and since 2003 as president of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. He’s touted in Bishop Will Willimon’s recent memoir, Bishop (Abingdon Press), with having turned around […]

Seminary-bound students get support at Hendrix

Karyn Kuan was considering two colleges—and two different career paths— as high school graduation approached. Either she’d enter a pre-med program at the University of Washington, or she’d explore the possibility of going into the ministry at United Methodist-related Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Ms. Kuan, 21, a lifelong member of First UMC in Seattle, […]

A campus minister carries meaningful baggage

Lately, I’ve been keeping a journal of things that I’ve carried from my car to our campus ministry and vice versa. Here’s a sampling: A thermocouple for a hot water heater. Eighty hamburger patties. A box containing a skill saw, electric sander, staple gun and a speed square. Four bicycle helmets. An electric guitar with […]

Learning swerve – UMC institutions enter online education world

Online education is rocking the world of higher ed, and that includes many United Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities. The Internet is opening doors to a giant pool of students—while bringing new worlds to students on campus as well. Many institutions, like Texas Wesleyan, now offer online programs where students take courses and earn degrees, often […]

Nine UM colleges ranked as ‘life changers’

As fall semester got underway, Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan University, found himself visiting with parents of new first-year students at a reception, then again at breakfast the next morning. “On both occasions, I asked how their families had come to know Ohio Wesleyan,” he recalled. “Many said, ‘The book.’” He didn’t have to […]

Encouraging students to follow their true interests

By Walter M. Kimbrough, Special Contributor… The magazine industry is interesting to me, especially with regard to rankings. It seems these days they attempt to capitalize on rankings that purport to provide factual data that the consumer desires. The strategy is smart to a degree, as America has a love affair with rankings, but only […]

Help Wanted – Seminary president of the future

By Jerry D. Campbell, Special Contributor… Earlier this year, after 40 years in academic administration, I announced my plans to retire as president of Claremont School of Theology. Shortly after my announcement, the board of trustees assembled a search committee and a new job description was drafted. The hunt for a new seminary president is […]