Campus Pastor Candidates Visit Campus

CHICAGO, IL (May 2, 2007) – North Park University has selected three finalists for the position of campus pastor.

The three candidates are Malene Minor, an master of divinity (M.Div.) candidate at McCormick Theological Seminary of Chicago; Sarah Yeates, an M.Div. candidate at Duke Divinity School; and Judy Peterson, current interim chaplain at North Park.

The campus pastor is a staff member within the Department of University Ministries and provides leadership for the spiritual formation of members of the campus community through preaching, the chapel program, counseling, and other pastoral ministry, says Rich Johnson, director of University Ministries.

The national search to fill the position opened February 1 and closed March 30. Twenty-nine applications were submitted, Johnson says.

The search committee includes students, faculty, staff, and members of the Evangelical Covenant Church leadership. The committee hopes to make a recommendation to University President David Parkyn by May 11.

Each of the three candidates has preached or will preach at a morning chapel service and answer students' questions. Minor preached at the chapel service Monday. Yeates will preach this coming Monday, and Peterson will speak on Tuesday.

Minor graduated with a master of business administration degree in human resources from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 2002. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1995.

Minor has received academic honors that included third place in a seminarian preaching competition, with the sermon being published in The African American Pulpit Journal.

Her ministry experience includes service as associate pastor at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., and as Lilly Pastoral Resident at Hyde Park Union Church in Chicago.

She worked as a senior marketing analyst and consultant to the Heritage Community Development Corporation when it launched an enrichment program for K-12 students in Chicago.

Yeates earned a bachelor of communications degree in 2003 from Spring Arbor (Mich.) University, graduating magna cum laude. She also graduated from the Focus on the Family Institute in 2001.

She has served as the discipleship and discernment pastor for Duke Chapel Pathways; assistant pastor at two United Methodist Church congregations; and staff development counselor at a Christian camp. She also helped guide activities and Bible studies for inner-city children at the Lighthouse Inner City Mission in St. Louis, Mo., and participated in many other church and campus ministry activities.

Brio magazine published her article on abstinence, and the Monroe (Wis.) Times published her editorial on pornography and social responsibility.

Peterson is the current interim campus pastor at North Park. She graduated from the University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned her M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary in 2001.

She took a year-long break from her Seminary studies to walk across the United States to learn more about God.

She is a national conference speaker for Soul to Sole Ministries. In 2004, Peterson was one of two primary speakers at Triennial XI, "Meet Me at the River," a Covenant Women Ministries-sponsored event held in Portland, Ore.

She has served as associate pastor at Covenant churches in Elgin, Ill., and Madison Wis.