Coordinating Committee

CoCom2015The Coordinating Committee of NCMA is the body responsible for administering the work of the organization. The Coordinating Committee (a.k.a. “CoCom”) is elected at the annual business meeting of NCMA.




Interim President- Evan Young, Bethany Initiative Coordinator

EYoungEvan Young is Campus Minister at United Campus Ministry (UCM), an ecumenical and interfaith campus ministry serving the Ohio University community in the beautiful southeastern Ohio town of Athens. A Unitarian Universalist with a deep commitment to building community across the faith lines that too often divide us, he has been active in campus ministry for eight years, since before his graduation in 2006 from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. In his time there he has seen UCM expand its reach and impact as a leader in interfaith work, through its association with the Interfaith Youth Core, its partnership in Ohio University’s Better Together Campaign, and its recognition nationally in the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Evan is hopeful that in the face of declining denominational support for their work, campus ministry professionals can continue to find creative and inspired ways to care for, engage, challenge, and conspire to promote the spiritual growth of young people who are yearning to hear (and to speak!) a new message of hope in an often discouraging world.

President-Elect- Shannon Waite

Shannon Waite is the Campus Minister at the Campus Christian Community, an ecumenical campus ministry, serving the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She is ordained with the PC(USA). Shannon is passionate about her work with young adults and meeting them where they are in their faith and life journeys. Shannon’s passions are evident in the work she has done thus far: seeking to help those discerning their own calls in life, and ministry with young adults. She above all enjoys building relationships with students as they work together to answer what it means to be a Christian in the world today. While she is Presbyterian, she is especially excited to do ecumenical work.

Rob Kirby

RobHeadShotRob Kirby is the Director and Campus Minister with United Campus Ministry at Montana State University in Billings. UCM is an ecumenical campus ministry that represents the UMC, ELCA, Disciples, UCC, Episcopal, PCUSA and American Baptist traditions. He is an ordained United Methodist minister from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He is passionate about campus ministry, international ministry, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, carpentry, hanging out with family, coffee, Thai food and just about anything else Siamese. Rob served for ten years as the campus minister and associate director at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois which proudly celebrates being the first Wesley Foundation for over 100 years. He earned his M.Div. at Boston University with a specialization in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Outgoing President- J. Cody Nielsen

A product of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Northern Iowa, Cody Nielsen is the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota.  He serves as president and continues to work to rebuild and revitalize the field of higher education ministry across every tradition.  Cody chaired the 2010 NCMA conference and has served on the Coordinating Committee of the NCMA since 2008. Some of his passions include biking and gardening. He can be reached at or 319 759 9688

Membership Secretary- Nancy Janisch

226243_1047588996514_2730_nNancy Janisch is the ministry coordinator for True North Campus Ministry, a PC(USA) supported campus ministry in Grand Rapids MI. True North is a multi campus ministry working at Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and Grand Valley State University. Nancy has a particular interested in the areas of vocation, spiritual formation, and dialogue between science and religion. Before returning to seminary (Saint Paul School of Theology), Nancy worked as a small animal and emergency veterinarian.

Sages Coordinator – Mark Rutledge

Mark_RutledgeMark Rutledge is semi-retired and serving part-time as United Church of Christ campus minister on the Religious Life Staff at Duke University where he helps to facilitate interfaith dialogue.  He has served on 8 different campuses over his 54 year career, evolving along with changes in higher education and society.  He is an Associate member of the Jesus Seminar and a licensed clinical psychologist.  He has taught courses on historical Jesus research, interfaith dialogue, science and religion, and the psychology of religion.  He assists his wife, Betsy Alden, who sponsors an annual course on Intergenerational ethics, and provided “support services” for the book she just edited for NCMA, Campus Ministry Memoirs.  He is currently working as an ally with several New Atheist groups including “The Clergy Project: Ministers Who Do Not Believe.”  He will teach a new course exploring progressive religious spaces between traditional Christianity and atheism next term at Duke’s Life Long Learning Institute.

Hunter Darrouzet- Secretary

Hunter Darrouzet is the Director of Campus Ministry at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. He has a B. A. in religious studies from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas, and is certified in Spiritual Direction through the Benet Hill Spiritual Formation Program. Before Iowa, Hunter spent 5 years managing a Newman house and directing Catholic campus ministry at Colorado Mesa University in Grand  Junction, Colorado and before that he was a campus minister at the University of Dallas for 3 years. He is knowledgeable about Men’s Ministry, mission trips, service projects, and Spiritual Direction. Hunter is married to his wife Lindsey and has worked as a professional photographer and as a rock climbing instructor before becoming a full-time campus minister.

Dave Glenn-Burns

HeadshotDave Glenn-Burns is the Director and Campus Minister at “Threehouse: A Wesley Foundation”. Threehouse is a UM sponsored campus ministry that partners with the Presbyterian Campus Connection and the Cedar Valley Episcopal Campus Ministry, who both call Threehouse their home. This campus ministry is exploring new ways of sharing a distinctly inclusive campus ministry on the UNI campus .This is his 19th school year serving the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.  An Elder in the United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years, Dave serves on the UNI Interfaith Community Service and Action committee, as the Chairperson of the UNI Campus Ministry Association and was on the leadership team of the Midwest Student Christian Gathering at Lake Geneva for number of years before it’s eventual demise.  Dave is a musician in the Cedar Falls area, playing trombone in the Cedar Valley Big Band, The UNI New Horizon’s Band and the WS5 Brass Quintet.  He is married to another UM pastor, Jaymee Glenn-Burns and has two daughters, Allyn and Magee, both out of or finishing college at present.  Dave enjoys the opportunities, both formal and informal, for two-way mentoring connections in campus ministry.  Though excited in the emerging directions and opportunities of ministry, he also has a great deal of appreciation for the privilege of having known and worked with some of the “the giants” of campus ministry in his early years.

Alice King

IMG_4840Alice King, Unitarian Universalist, served the campuses of San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego from 2008-2015. She recently moved with her husband from San Diego to Fairfax, VA. She is currently enrolled in Meadville Lombard Theological School and as part of that will complete a two-year internship at Mount Vernon Unitarian (Universalist) Church in Alexandria, VA (September 2015-May2017). She hopes to participate in the UU Campus Ministry at George Mason University. She enjoys hiking, gardening, the ocean and the mountains. She recently committed to 20 hikes in 20 months and as of August 2015 is ready for Hike #5.

Ann Mbacke

Ann MbackeAnn is currently serving as the Director of Adult Religious Growth and Learning at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. Her outreach includes campus ministry and young adult ministry. Ann began her career in the environmental permitting field with governmental agencies and then began teaching middle school and high school which led to social work including mental health services and vocational/career development work with several non-profits. Ann has studied with and practices many faith and spiritual traditions including Christianity, Unity, and Buddhism that honor the diversity of which we are apart. Her goal with campus ministry and young adult ministry is to be available to young adults as they transition from home to campus and beyond providing a welcoming presence and inspiring them to develop or anchor themselves in a spiritual practice that represents who they are and who they want to be in the world. Ann has a specific interest in connecting with interfaith ministries and is currently a FAH’s ambassador. Ann loves to roller skate, hikes daily, enjoys camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and believes in holistic eating and living in ways that bring more balance and good in her life and that of others. She has lived and traveled across the country, is a native of Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon.


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Jane Strike, Business ManagerIMAG0421

I am the “new” business manager of the NCMA, and the person who will first read emails!  I’m in my 9th year as the business manager at Threehouse: A Wesley Foundation in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

I am a Catholic by birth, Methodist by heritage and marriage, and am currently a member of an ELCA Lutheran congregation.  I try to see God in everyday moments and people.

I’ve been married to my husband Rich for 32 years, and have 2 young adult children.