One of the main ministries of the congregation at College Church is to be as supportive as possible in the lives and activities of the entire Hampden-Sydney community. We believe that God has given us a unique opportunity to be present for students as well as faculty and staff.
As a part of our outreach to students, we routinely provide meals for different student groups such as athletic teams, the Men’s Chorus, and various clubs and groups. We also provide meeting space and places for study in our facility. We consider it a part of our mission to help students grow in their faith as they see our faith at work in assisting them.
The College Church minister’s dual role as Pastor and Chaplain allows the Pastor to help students find a place for them to study and practice their faith. With numerous campus ministries available on campus, the Chaplain can help guide students to the one that fits their faith background and desires for learning and a deepening of their specific faith. If there is a need for another ministry, the Chaplain is ready to assist students in beginning their own study groups. The current list of Campus Ministries and contact information is:
- Baptist Collegiate Minister – Austin Williams (Austin.Williams@bgav.org)
- Catholic Campus Ministry – Monica Cronin (firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-394-0586)
- Chaplain and Pastor of College Church – Keith Leach (email@example.com, 434-223-6269)
- CHI-ALPHA – Jenny McIntosh, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- COGITO – Jarrett Knight (email@example.com, 434-989-3841)
- Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry – Helen Pemberton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-210-3774)
- Jewish students – Sean Gleason (email@example.com, 434-223-6435)
- Orthodox Christian Fellowship – Christine Ross, group leader (firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-223-6056)
- Presbyterian Minister – Rev. Keith Leach (email@example.com, 434-223-6269)
- Wesley Campus Minister – Justin Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-387-1484)
- Young Life – Michael Crowder (email@example.com)
In addition to our campus ministries, the Chaplain does a weekly hour-long Bible study with students in the basement of College Church. It is designed to challenge students to deepen their understanding of what God’s word means for them in their everyday activities and to broaden their understanding of who God’s people are to be in the world. To find the day and time of the study, please contact the Chaplain directly.
The Chaplain is available for office consultations whenever needed. His office is in the basement of College Church and can be accessed by coming in the Sanctuary front doors and taking the stairs down to the basement, or by coming in from the parking lot and turning to the right. If you would like to make an appointment, you can call the Church office between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at (434) 223-8625 or call the Chaplain’s cell phone at (740) 260-5038.