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.




President- 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.

Past 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.

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- Treasurer

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 o 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.

Ben Wideman- Secretary

Ben Wideman is the Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a Penn State University campus ministry focusing on peace and social justice from a faith-based perspective. Ben is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA tradition and has an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Ben grew up in Canada, went to college in Virginia where he met his partner, Meredith. His first pastoral call was as a pastor of youth and young adults at Salford Mennonite Church in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He enjoys camping and hiking with his family (three young kids!) and exploring new minor league ballparks and microbreweries whenever he travels. When he’s not building bridges between justice-minded campus and community members, he can typically be found practicing self-care on a disc golf course.

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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.