I am Melissa Zimmerman, a senior double major in Religious Studies and Greek at DePauw University. I came to DePauw knowing I am working toward ordination as an Elder and next year I will be attending the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Campus ministry has been very important for my life during my time at DePauw.
One part of DePauw’s campus ministry that has been most important for me is the Sunday night Bible study, called BS with the Chaplain. The Rev. P.T. Wilson started it at the beginning of my sophomore year and I have been attending ever since. We have covered a broad range of topics and some of my experiences in the Bible study have helped me grow spiritually. I remember trying to explain to a fundamentalist girl about the different sources of the two creation stories in Genesis or more recently trying to explain to a girl from China the concept of God or a god at all. This has been an important opportunity for me to learn, grow and develop a language to say what I believe.
Among other things, our campus ministry has been important in support for me and others as we discussed going into full-time ministry. Once a month, we have a dinner called Ministry and a Meal. A few of us have been regulars since its beginning and through the years have changed in numbers as people came to explore the idea of ministry.
Each month, we can get together with others who know exactly what we are going through. They are also looking at seminaries, working through processes to ordination in various denominations, or trying to develop a stronger understanding of their call. Having the opportunity to connect to each other has been one of the most valuable things the Spiritual Life office did to support us.
Our campus ministry has been important in support of me and others as we discussed going into full-time ministry.