The Lutheran Campus Ministry offers many leadership opportunities. Lutheran Campus Ministry programs are planned and run by students (with the help of Pastor Gail), and we’re always looking for new Peer Ministers. You can also help share God’s love and inspire young people by joining the LCM as a board member. Share food, laughter, discussion, and spiritual growth all in the context of sharing the gospel with the next generation of our church leaders. We hope that you will find a place to belong and to serve with.
Student STEP Center Director
I’m from San Francisco, California and I moved to Denver, Colorado when I was 11. I claim both places as home. Growing up my family and church, always participated in community service events. My favorite events were the Crime and Drug prevention march and severing weekly meals to the less fortunate. As a junior at Syracuse University, I am a Dual Major in Television, Radio and Film and Information Management with a minor in Applied Statistics. I want to use my degree towards data mining and analytics. During my freshmen year I was a part of the Alternative Spring Break with Hunger and Homeless in Washington D.C. On this trip I got the opportunity to spend a full day in the shoes of a homeless woman trying to sell a newspaper, written by the homeless population in the city. I’m passionate about helping the greater community, especially those so often ignored and I know that being the STEP director will be a great way to do this. I’m excited for a great year!
Syracuse University Lutheran Student Association
I am from Utica, NY, which is just an hour east of Syracuse. Growing up in Utica, I am very blessed to not only have a wonderful biological family, but also a wonderful Church family. So far at Syracuse, I have found a wonderful Church family at my home away from home. As a freshman, I plan to triple major in political science, economics, and policy studies. I am not completely sure of what I want to do with my degree, but I hope to help others and serve my community in whatever field I choose. As president of SULSA, I have participated in several wonderful events, including the SU Hunger Games, which is a 24 hour fasting and community service event. This experience has shaped my outlook on helping others and serving those in the community who are in need. I am incredibly excited to experience my remaining years at SU!
I am a freshman studying Communication Sciences and Disorders from Boston, MA. This is my first year with Lutheran Campus Ministry here at SU. In my free time I enjoy running, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.
Kaitlyn Kelleher is a part of the 2017 Class of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is in the pre-medicine program and is majoring in biophysics. For Lutheran Campus Ministry Kaitlyn acts as Treasurer and Secretary. Outside of LCM, Kaitlyn is involved with the Ultimate Frisbee team, the Syracuse University Marching Band, the Sour Citrus Pep Band, and Sigma Alpha Iota. At home in New Hampshire Kaitlyn is a part of her churches choir and Youth Group, and on campus she is thrilled to have her Lutheran family!
Peer leaders are student leaders who covenant with Lutheran Campus Ministry for a period of time—usually one semester or a year. Peer leaders serve as coordinators of particular aspects of campus ministry.
Meet some of our Peer Leaders:
Jonathan Rice crop
Jonathan is a senior in the Environmental Resources Engineering department at SUNY ESF. He is originally from Honeoye Falls, New York. He has been at ESF since 2010, and originally began attending Lutheran Campus Ministry in 2012, mostly attending services and helping with Hot Dogs in the Kingdom. He is currently a peer minister for Lutheran Campus Ministry for the 2013-2014 academic year.
My name is Samuel Mbaja. I come from Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria in Kenya. I am a graduate student in social policy (educational policy) with particular interest in the use of technology to educate children/adults with various categories of disabilities in East Africa. I am also a social justice advocate for marginalized groups in Kenya, where I work with other like-minded people and groups to promote social peace in order to create an enabling environment for economic activities aimed at lifting the standards of living of poor people of whom people with disabilities are the majority.
As a person preparing for a life of ministry, I cherish the weekly spiritual nourishment that I partake of at the Sunday service and the Wednesday Bible studies. Community outreach programs initiated by LCM/Office of Engagement Programs have greatly enhanced my confidence as an educator and would-be minister by giving me the opportunity to work with groups from low-income backgrounds around Syracuse University. I tutor newly arrived young refugees in basic math and English language skills in preparation for their entering mainstream American educational system- an experience that is more fulfilling than any other activity I have ever engaged in.
Yunxin Christina Wu
As an international student from Shanghai, China, I have been in the United States since 2006. I am the Communications Director of LCM/STEP Center. I started interning here in the summer of 2012. Currently, I supervise the database project, website redesign and social media. Lutheran Campus Ministry is an inclusive community that supports people from different religious belief and ethnic backgrounds to come together, to share ideas and to support each other. I enjoy participating in events like SULSA gathering, Vanderkamp Retreat, Pie Baking for the poor, and Ten Tons of Love etc.