Bethany Mentors

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Evan serves United Campus Ministry (UCM), an ecumenical and interfaith campus ministry at Ohio University. He received his M.Div. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens in 2010. Evan promotes UCM’s inclusive and progressive vision of the beloved community, and works to develop understanding across persistent faith divisions. An advocate for the rights of those on the margins, Evan lives in an off-grid house in an intentional community devoted to environmental stewardship and sustainable living.

Why Bethany?

“Starting out in campus ministry I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing—so I looked for people who’d been doing it longer. I found a few, but the feeling of isolation never really left me—I always felt like NCMA could do more to help newcomers. When Bethany came along, I thought, “Of course! This is what I’m supposed to do!”

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Jamie serves Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri as Chaplain, Director of Spiritual Life, and Instructor of Religious Studies. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and received her M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie is an alumna of the Bethany Fellowships program for congregational pastors and is committed to the Bethany model of shared prayer, vulnerability, and deep relationship. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her partner, Sarah Klaassen.

Why Bethany?

“Early in my career, the Bethany model of support allowed me to develop habits, spiritual disciplines, and a rich network of support that continues to sustain and nurture my ministry today.  I chose to become a mentor because I believe the Spirit moves within the Bethany process, equipping, empowering and supporting religious leaders in the significant work they do each day.”

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Dave is in his twentieth year serving the campus ministry in Cedar Falls, Iowa called Threehouse: A Wesley Foundation. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is married to Jaymee, a UM pastor, and parent of Allyn and Magee. Dave enjoys running, good food, cool music and laughter. Aware of the invaluable mentoring he received in parish and campus ministry, Dave is excited to be part of the Bethany Initiative mentoring process.

Why Bethany?

“From the tastes and teases of the Bethany Fellows mentoring model I have been able to participate in already, I have a sense that the depth of experience afforded by this process is much needed. It’s the kind of experience I’ve benefited from in my ministry, and I’m excited to offer it to others.”

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Allison currently serves as the associate chaplain at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. In this role she focuses on spiritual & vocational development, faith, service & justice, worship, and values articulation. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has an M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a B.A. in Religion and Sociology from Trinity University. Prior to this call she served congregations in North Carolina and Kansas. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, surrounded by lots of family and her dog Toby!

Why Bethany?

“The Bethany Fellowship for Congrega-tional Pastors gave me the skills to live this calling in a sustainable way, creating space to be honest and open about the highs and lows of the journey of ministry. It provides spiritual and practical tools do this work over the long term, and a community that will care, pray, challenge and support them throughout their journey.”