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Judy Peterson Named Campus Pastor

Judy Peterson

CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2007) - North Park University is pleased to announce that Judy Peterson C'92 S'2001 will join the Department of University Ministries to serve as Campus Pastor effective August 1.

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.

The national search to fill the position opened February 1 and closed March 30. Twenty-nine applications were submitted, and three candidates, including Peterson, visited campus earlier this month to preach at a chapel service and participate in a student question-and-answer session.

The search committee included students, faculty, staff, and members of the Evangelical Covenant Church leadership.

Peterson was the interim campus pastor at North Park for the 2006-2007 academic year. She graduated from the University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in political science and 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.

In the words of Rich Johnson, director of University Ministries, "As North Park's interim campus pastor throughout the 2006-2007 school year, Judy encouraged and challenged the campus, and we look forward to her future contribution to our mission of faith and learning."