Higher Education and Campus Ministry

Chairperson: Patty Bartscher

Email: pattybartscher@sbcglobal.net


Ministry to young people and college students is important and challenging. During the formative years of their lives, the UMC strives to offer a safe and nurturing place for spiritual growth and exploration.

Are you a student going to college and looking for a campus ministry?  Here are our current ministries …



CA House

Ecumenical House - Campus Ministry

  San Jose State University Campus Ministry
  Delta Community College, Stockton
  United Campus Christian Ministry
   University of the Pacific, Stockton

Feast United Campus Christian Ministry at UCSC


Are you interested in getting involved at the Annual Conference Level?  The Conference Committee on Higher Education and Campus Ministry (CCHECM) interprets and promotes ministries in higher education supported by the general Church and the Annual Conference.  The committee represents ministry and fiduciary interests of the Annual Conference to local campus ministries and represents local campus ministries to the Annual Conference.  Here are some of the things we do …

  • Grant-making – Each year, the committee provides grants to local campus ministries.  The non-campus ministers review applications and decide how to distribute funds from the Annual Conference designated for campus ministry.
  • Scholarship application review and recommendations – Each year, the committee reviews and makes recommendations on applications from students for scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education Ministries and a scholarship program for a local community.
  • Support campus ministers – Be in conversation with, and find ways to support, our local campus ministers and campus ministries.
  • Liaison between Annual Conference and campus ministry – Submit budgets, and highlight, to the Annual Conference the joys and concerns of campus ministry.
  • Vision and plan for ways to improve and adapt our campus ministries in the Annual Conference.

Standing Committees

The Board has three standing committees:

  1. Endowment and Budget that works on endowment development and conference budget allocations.
  2. Campus Ministries that works on existing programs, new initiatives, and the United Methodist Student Movement.
  3. Communications and Connectional Relationships that works on the Student Day Special Sunday, Black College Fund, Scholarships, Africa University, and public policy.

Core Values

We are committed to the following values that will guide action and decisions at all levels of Campus Ministry in the California-Nevada Annual Conference:

  • The highest standards of faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Diversity and inclusive welcome of all.
  • Responsiveness to needs of the campus populations we serve and the common good.
  • Excellence and credibility as a mission and administrative unit of the Annual Conference.
  • Cooperation with Annual Conference initiatives involving youth, young adults (camping, retreats, mission trips, and conferences) recruitment and training of ordained and lay spiritual leaders, and revitalization of churches as places of mission and ministry for young adults in the Annual Conference.
  • Viability, visibility and flexibility in effective current and future campus Christian ministries.
  • Rigorous and accountable stewardship of resources by campus ministry units.

To find out more about what the United Methodist Church is doing at the national and international levels, go to the General Board of Higher Education website.