The goal of Campus Ministry at the University of Mount Olive and the Chaplain, Carla Williamson, is to minister to the whole person. We make every effort to affirm each student and their faith but we also make every effort to help the student grow spiritually. Spiritual growth comes through participating in the many events offered on campus, community service projects, art galleries, concerts, lectures, worship services, Bible studies, and prayer groups.
Worship services are held every Wednesday during the academic year at 11:00 a.m. in Rodgers Chapel located at the center of campus. Worship services at the University of Mount Olive are different every week with various speakers, special music groups, and visiting artists.
There are small group Bible studies offered on campus at various times with some student led and faculty/staff led. Christ Across Campus, is a contemporary worship service/Bible study meeting in Rodgers Chapel on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. Campus Ministry holds monthly prayer vigils on campus to address the prayer needs of our world, forums addressing current justice issues, spiritual retreats, spiritual formative practice workshops, and many other opportunities for holistic growth.
Campus ministry has a theme for each academic year. This theme helps us to focus on specific needs in our lives and the world. For the year 2017-2018 the theme is “Putting Our Faith Into Action.” One’s faith should inform what one does therefore students at UMO serve hot meals and boxes of groceries at the Mount Olive ADLA Soup Kitchen, collect items to recycle, and this year we plan to paint two local family homes. We are putting our faith into action!
The Campus Ministry Office, located in the Student Affairs Office, provides students with pastoral counseling services for personal, academic, and religious concerns. When there is a sickness or death in a student’s family, the Chaplain should be notified. Contact the Chaplain at cwilliamson@UMO.edu, or (919) 658-7749.