Meet Joseph Nader - CTC Coordinator of Campus Ministry

by Vance Morton* 
 
The Central Texas Conference has announced that Rev. Joseph Nader will be joining the Center for Leadership team as the conference’s Coordinator of Campus Ministry effective March 1. Joseph will be adding this new role to his current ministry as the Campus Minister and Director of the University of Texas at Arlington Wesley Foundation – a role he’s held since September 2009.
 
As Coordinator of Campus Ministry, Joseph will be responsible for connecting with and mentoring our CTC campus ministers; developing and implementing strategy for campus ministry on behalf of the conference; and supporting and encouraging conference, district, campus and local church leaders in their ministry – especially as it pertains to ministry with college age students. While that might sound like quite the task, Joseph is enthusiastic (his word was “pumped!”) about the opportunity and challenge.
 
“My passion and my calling is in campus ministry,” Joseph replied when asked about his new role. “I’m really excited that this position allows me to stay in the field, in my current role at UTA, and provides me the opportunity to move the needle regarding Campus Ministry on a conference-wide level.”
 
The collegiate and campus ministries of the Central Texas Conference play a vital and unique role in the CTC’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world as they engage with those who are often at a crossroads in their spiritual walk. Major life decisions are made during a person’s college years and our campus ministers play a significant role in helping shape those decisions. Campus ministries also serve as an excellent incubator for a new generation of church leaders – both lay and clergy.
 
“What I’m most excited about I think is being able to help mentor and develop our already fantastic group of campus ministers,” Joseph related. “Campus Ministry is necessary and it needs to be a conduit for identifying and growing not only clergy, but lay leadership for the churches of our conference.”
 
Developing the next generation of church leadership has been a priority of Bishop Lowry’s since his first moments as the conference’s episcopal leader, and it is one of five defining objectives for everyone in the Central Texas Conference Service Center. So this announcement was met with much joy from Bishop Lowry.
 
“Joseph has already been leading the way in the renewal of vibrant campus ministries in the conference,” Bishop Lowry affirmed. “His addition as the Coordinator of Campus Ministry is a Godsend not only to the Center for Leadership and campus ministers, but to the conference as a whole.”
 
Dr. Georgia Adamson, Executive Director for the Center for Leadership and Assistant to the Bishop, is also quite pleased with the newest member of her team, not only to be adding someone of Joseph’s skill and abilities to the team, but for what it will mean to the conference’s campus ministries as a whole. “My roles as Executive Director for Leadership and Assistant to the Bishop often pull my attention in many directions at once,” Georgia offered. “ I believe that having Joseph serve as our Coordinator of Campus Ministry will help heighten our focus on campus ministry and give all the support needed to reach our campuses for the sake of Jesus Christ.”
 
 

*Vance is the director of Communications & IT for the CTC. vance@ctcumc.org