Higher Education and Campus Ministry

Chair: Rev. Derek Lang

Email: pastorderek.umc@gmail.com

 Campus Ministries supported by the California-Nevada Annual Conference
Wesley Foundation at UC Berkeley Cal Aggie Christian Association (UC Davis) Wesley Foundation at UC Merced
UCCM at Stanford Ec House at San Francisco State Univ St Paul's UMC (San Jose)
Feast (UCCM) at UC Santa Cruz    


"Campus ministry is essential to the work of the church...as the place where young, talented leaders are identified and begin formation for lay and ordained ministries" (Kristin Stoneking, Cal Aggie Christian Assoc.)

Campus Ministry is the official presence of The United Methodist Church on the college and university campuses of the world. We are called to share with our campuses the transformational nature of Christ in a way that raises up a new generation of thoughtful, articulate Christians who care about making the world a better place. While this calling looks and feels very different across our campuses, it is central to our identity and it compels us to provide intentional collegiate ministries that call out to this emerging generation.

Your Committee of Higher Education and Campus Ministry works to ensure that the campus ministries we support in our Annual Conference will:

  • Serve the entire campus community, including nurturing students, faculty, and staff, as a Spiritual Transformation Center.
  • Provide leadership in challenging students to grow in faith and emerge into wholeness by engaging in compassionate service through outreach ministries.
  • Extend to all Christ's inclusive welcome and the invitation to a joyous life.

The committee meets in September, November, January, and April. The November meeting is focussed on hearing presentations of the campus ministries in support of their application for campus ministry grants and determining the grant amounts from the money allocated to CHECM through apportionment giving. All but $2000 of the committee's funds from apportionment giving are allocated among the campus ministries. The remaining $2000 is used to help student leaders from the campus ministries attend the annual Student Forum.

Standing Committees

The Board has three standing committees:

  1. Endowment and Budget that works on endowment development and conference budget allocations.
  2. Campus Ministries that works on existing programs, new initiatives, and the United Methodist Student Movement.
  3. Communications and Connectional Relationships that works on the Student Day Special Sunday, Black College Fund, Scholarships, Africa University, and public policy.

Core Values

We are committed to the following values that will guide action and decisions at all levels of Campus Ministry in the California-Nevada Annual Conference:

  • The highest standards of faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Diversity and inclusive welcome of all.
  • Responsiveness to needs of the campus populations we serve and the common good.
  • Excellence and credibility as a mission and administrative unit of the Annual Conference.
  • Cooperation with Annual Conference initiatives involving youth, young adults (camping, retreats, mission trips, and conferences) recruitment and training of ordained and lay spiritual leaders, and revitalization of churches as places of mission and ministry for young adults in the Annual Conference.
  • Viability, visibility and flexibility in effective current and future campus Christian ministries.
  • Rigorous and accountable stewardship of resources by campus ministry units.

To find out more about what the United Methodist Church is doing at the national and international levels, go to the General Board of Higher Education website.