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College Ministries

Department of College Ministries

The department of college ministries helps guide ministry initiatives for college-age persons in Southern Virginia, manages the Bishop Vaché Scholarship Fund and provides peer support for the campus chaplains and Canterbury Club programs of the diocese.

College Ministries Commission

The College Ministries Commission, established by Bishop Hollerith, will seek to support existing campus ministries and chaplains, develop a strategic vision for ministry with college-aged persons throughout the diocese, and determine what methods of evaluation will be most helpful for the purposes of advocacy and ministry development. Current members of the commission are the Rev. Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly, the Rev. Canon Win Lewis, Harper Lewis, and the Rev. Samantha Vincent-Alexander.

Campus Ministry Contacts

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Congregation of St. Stephen's, ststephens372@gmail.com

College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
The Rev. Tyler Montgomery, tmontgomery@brutonparish.org

Hampden Sydney College and Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Ilsa Loeser, ilsa@johnsmemorial.org

Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
The Rev. Harold Cobb & Congregation of Grace Church, gracechurchnorfolk@gmail.com

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
The Rev. Wendy Wilkinson, chaplain@oducanterbury.org

Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
The Rev. Willis Foster & Congregation of St. Stephen's, ststephensepiscopal@verizon.net

Additional Virginia Campus Contacts

Below are listed contacts for Canterbury Programs in other parts of the state:

Canterbury Clubs

Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College Canterbury Club
Chaplain: Ilsa Loeser, ilsa@johnsmemorial.org
The Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College Canterbury Club is a mission outreach of Johns Memorial Episcopal Church. We seek to welcome and embrace in Christian friendship all college students, faculty, and staff from these two diverse institutions of higher education. We bring together into community those from Hampden-Sydney College; a private, all-male, Presbyterian affiliated institution, and those from Longwood University a public, co-ed institution; located approximately six miles apart. We work to maintain a positive, nonjudgmental, open environment where students can explore ideas, share their life experiences, and relate their studies and college life to their faith and spirituality. For those in need, guidance and counseling are available to all. Although faith centered, social activities and social responsibility are also part of who we are. Recognizing religious diversity, we work ecumenically with other campus ministries who also serve these communities. All are welcome, seekers and believers. In all that we do, the emphasis will be on establishing and nurturing relationships – between students, between students and parish leaders/members, between students and the wider Church; and between students and the living God in Christ, both on the individual and the community levels.

Canterbury Center at Old Dominion University
Interim Chaplain: The Rev. Wendy Wilkinson, chaplain@oducanterbury.org
The purpose of the Canterbury Center at ODU is to provide a supportive Christian environment for the faculty, staff and students at Old Dominion University. This support includes quiet study, counseling, social activities, as well as spiritual formation and worship. By maintaining an atmosphere of warm welcome towards all who come to the Center, we strive to demonstrate God’s love for all God’s people.

Canterbury at The College of William & Mary
Chaplain: The Rev. Tyler Montgomery, tmontgomery@brutonparish.org
The chaplaincy understands its ministry as the Episcopal chaplaincy to the faculty, staff and students of the College of William and Mary. We are defined as a joint ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Bruton Parish with an important role is in bridging the town-and-gown relationship in Williamsburg. We do this by celebrating the Eucharist in Bruton Parish Church every Sunday evening in term-time and conducting the All Saints/ All Souls Service, the Easter Vigil, St Francis fair, etc and by training acolytes, providing members for various Bruton committees (such as Vestry, Mission and Outreach.) We are widely involved in parish activities. Although we maintain a thriving Episcopal presence and celebrate the Eucharist in the College’s historic Wren Chapel every Tuesday evening, Canterbury works ecumenically within CaMU (Campus Ministries United), the William and Mary chaplaincies team. The chaplain is available pastorally to all the students and student groups on campus, such as Lambda Alliance and is trusted by all such groups, even the Humanist Society.


The C. Charles Vaché Scholarship Fund

Vache Scholarship Application
The Bishop Vaché Scholarships provide funds to assist low-income and minority college students in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. First-year students as well as returning college students are welcome to apply. Scholarship awards range from $1000-$5000 per academic year.

Other Scholarships

Ridley Foundation Scholarship information can be found here.

Episcopal Church Women Scholarship information can be found here.