Student Staff

Pastoral Assistants (PAs)

Pastoral assistants serve the EMU campus community in a variety of roles. Most PAs support and mentor the ministry assistants from a particular residence hall, meeting regularly in ministry support groups (MSGs).

In addition, PAs plan and lead chapel services and facilitate gatherings that nurture spiritual life on campus by encouraging reflection, conversations, and dialogue along with planning Spiritual Life Week.

PAs are students who exhibit maturity of Christian faith, have experience in peer ministry, might have interest in ministry as a vocation or are discerning a call to ministry. PAs meet regularly with the campus pastors for mentoring.

2014-15 PAs:

  • Christina Hardman-Zimmerman, Amy Feeser, Savanna Lester, Jordan Luther, Erin Rheinheimer (Spring), Josh Nyce, Jolee Paden, Jacob Landis (Fall), Philip J. Yoder.
  • Suzy Hostetler serves as campus ministries program assistant.
  • Marlena Coburn and Matthew Carson serve as seminary graduate interns.

If interested in serving as a PA, complete this PA application form. The application deadline for 2015-16 is the last day of February.

Ministry Assistants (MAs)

Ministry assistants are students who are called and equipped to serve as a ministry presence on their residence hall floors. They practice and reflect on peer ministries through taking a practicum course in small group ministries, ministry support groups (MSGs), and retreats. The ministry of MAs includes leading weekly times of Bible study, sharing, prayer, service, peer support as well as relationship building.

2014-15 MAs:

  • Elmwood: Erin Schumacher, Janae Kauffman, Rachel Breidigan
  • Maplewood: Janaya Sachs, Hannah Shultz, Robert Weaver
  • Cedarwood: Megan Weaver, Katherine Graber, Abbie Luther, Diego Barahona, Joel Wheeler
  • Northlawn: Robert Cook, Anna Messer, Macon Rowley, Olivia Resto
  • Parkwoods: Rebekah York

If interested in being an MA, complete this MA application form. MA applications will be accepted until the end of February or until positions are filled.

Resource Library

Campus ministries provides a resource library for use by PAs and MAs for Bible studies, discussion groups and other occasions. The books, games, videos and supplies are categorized and shelved according to subject and can be signed out from the Student Life Suite in University Commons.

Come visit, peruse the options and check out a few resources. view available materials

Have questions? Contact or (540) 432-4196.