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Press Release: NCMA Awards

Posted by on October 4, 2011

UNITED METHODIST CHAPLAIN, JENNIFER E. COPELAND, AND THE DUKE WESLEY FELLOWSHIP
RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

The National Campus Ministry Association recognized Duke University’s United Methodist
Chaplain and the Duke Wesley Fellowship, United Methodist Campus Ministry, with the
organization’s top two awards this year during their annual conference at the University
of California Berkeley. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer E. Copeland, United Methodist Chaplain for
Duke University and Executive Director of the Duke Wesley Fellowship, was recognized for
Outstanding Ministry in Education. The Duke Wesley Fellowship received the award for 2010
Campus Ministry of the Year. It’s fairly rare for both awards to go to the same location and not
only did Duke receive these awards, but Dr. Copeland was noted as the “unanimous” selection.
Copeland is a three time graduate of Duke University (BA ’85, MDiv’88, PhD’08) and has worked
as Duke’s United Methodist Chaplain since 1999. Before returning to Duke, Copeland served as
a parish minister in South Carolina and as the United Methodist Chaplain for Furman University
and Converse College.

The Duke Wesley Fellowship is a campus unit of the United Methodist Church. Students
meet regularly during the week for worship, service, and fellowship. Their primary worship
gatherings are Wesley Worship each Sunday evening and Weekly Eucharist each Wednesday
afternoon. In her nomination letter for Copeland, the Rev. Nancy Ferree-Clark, formerly
the Associate Dean of Duke Chapel, Senior Pastor of the Congregation at Duke Chapel,
and currently Senior Pastor of Federal Way UMC near Tacoma, WA, wrote of the wealth of
opportunities the Duke Wesley Fellowship offers for community building, faith development,
and mission outreach. “I [have seen] many talented, highly committed campus ministers come
and go. I cannot think of any others who could match the standards set by Jennifer Copeland in
her ministry with the Wesley Fellowship at Duke University.”

Copeland said of the award received by the Wesley Fellowship, “This award is especially
significant for college students who receive so many competing narratives about what is
important during this time in their lives. Students of the Duke Wesley Fellowship have gone
forthrightly about the work of responding to God’s grace for almost 30 years on the Duke
campus, in the surrounding community, and across the world, usually with little fanfare.”

The National Campus Ministry Association is a professional organization educating,
encouraging, and equipping those engaged in the practice of ministry in higher education.
Organized almost fifty years ago, membership is open to anyone engaged in ministry on
a college campus, full or part-time, clergy or laity. Core values of the association include
promoting integrity, ethics, and accountability, supporting communities defined by ecumenism,
professional and spiritual growth, and honoring the intellectual enterprise.

One Response to Press Release: NCMA Awards

  1. Mr Spiritual Growth Man

    “Core values of the association include promoting integrity, ethics, and accountability, supporting communities defined by ecumenism, professional and spiritual growth, and honoring the intellectual enterprise.”

    Good values indeed.

    I wish The Duke Wesley Fellowship and Dr. Copeland all the best.

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