The positions of campus minister and director of discipleship at Southwestern College will be combined into a single role, the school announced Wednesday. The changes are part of the reorganization and restructuring of several administrative and staff functions.
Campus Minister the Rev. Ben Hanne will complete his work at the college as this semester comes to a close.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Ben for more than four years of tremendous service to Southwestern College and the Builder community,” SC President Brad Andrews said.
Hanne shared his appreciation for the opportunity to serve and minister to the campus community.
“As I reflect back on my time at Southwestern, I am especially drawn to the memories of students who have experienced transformation and renewal in the face of major challenges and terrible loss, as well as our amazing faculty and staff, who have shown me such kindness,” Hanne said. “I am grateful to the rest of our ministry team here at Southwestern, who will continue their faithful work in the years ahead.”
The college is committed to providing for the spiritual needs of students, Andrews said, and to a vision for the growth of campus ministry in the years and decades to come.
“As we return to campus in January, our weekly chapel program will continue without interruption, and we will continue to provide for the pastoral care and counseling needs of all of our students,” Andrews said. “I look forward to the future of campus ministry at Southwestern in the coming years and decades, and remain committed to growing this fundamental strength of SC as we grow our college.”
The Rev. Molly Just, current director of discipleship at Southwestern, will assume leadership of the campus ministry program and will be the point of contact for students as they seek spiritual support and resources.
Just is ordained as an elder in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern College, a 2016 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and is in the process of becoming certified as a spiritual director, studying with the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison. Just has been serving in ministry at Southwestern since 2014.
“I am passionate about the work of walking alongside others to recognize the presence of God in every moment,” Just said. “My work in this new role will be supported by an incredibly strong community, on campus and in Winfield. There are so many who are willing and able to provide support and care for our students as they continue in their spiritual formation.”
Southwestern is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and will continue forward with two ordained elders working on campus. Additionally, a diverse team of faithful faculty and staff will continue to mentor and support students through worship arts, theological study and student success programing. Southwestern remains home to the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship, the Summit Youth Academy, and Amp It Up Camp among many other ministry programs.
“I look forward to the many ways our college and our students will continue to respond to God’s call — through our ministry to one another on campus and as our students go out to make the world a more loving place,” Just said. “I’m grateful to Rev. Hanne for his work, and I’m grateful, too, for the opportunity to minister to our community here at Southwestern.”