Central Methodist University to Start Center for Faith & Service


By Laura Blevins

Central Methodist University is beginning a new ministry program this fall to incorporate a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students who want to connect their faith with their everyday life.  The Center for Faith and Service will be led by Rev. Lucas Endicott along with three Global Mission Fellows from the General Board of Global Ministries. 
“This will be an opportunity for students to be a part of on-the-ground ministry and will hopefully be an opportunity for students to mature in their faith,” said Dr. Roger Drake, President of Central Methodist University.
Dr. Drake described this plan to the Missouri Annual Conference in Springfield. According to Drake the Center for Faith and Service will incorporate campus worship, connection with the Methodist movement and civic engagement with the local community.
“I’m excited about the way in which God is working on campus through the Center of Faith and Service,” said Drake. Rev. Endicott has already begun the planning process with the fellows on this new way of doing ministry. According to Endicott the fellows are all college graduates and have committed to at least two years service at CMU. 
Tiffania Willetts from the Florida Conference, Kharissa Allman from the New Jersey Conference, and Connor Kenaston from the West Virginia Conference will live and work on the CMU campus.
Willetts and Allman will primarily work with ministry on the Fayette campus and Kenaston will focus on civic engagement.“This is an exciting new program that will enable CMU to integrate faith and service throughout the university. We hope that the developmental models we are creating for students will lead to lasting change in our community, Conference, and world,” said Lucas Endicott. 
For more information please contact Rev. Lucas Endicott atlendicot@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6222.