Campus Minister Position Description


The following position description outlines the varied tasks and expectations of the Presbyterian Campus Minister and Executive Director.


The Campus Minister oversees all activities related to Duke PCM+. In the past this has included the following but is not necessarily limited to the items listed below.

  • Weekly events including dinner and contemplative/creative worship, Wednesday Bible study, bREVfast theological discussion group;
  • Formation and support of student leadership team (L-team);
  • Planning  and overseeing  fellowship and service activities in coordination with student leaders;
  • Attending and supporting service and fellowship events;
  • Serving as staff support for a Christian LGBTQ discussion group through the Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity;
  • Worshipping with supporting congregations, including offering “Moments for Mission”;
  • Fall Retreat to Montreat (September);
  • Spring Beach Retreat to Camp Albemarle with NC State and UNC PCM (April);
  • Intercollegiate Spring Break Mission Trip;
  • Freshmen outreach (summer), orientation (August), and welcome events;
  • Parents weekend and alumni weekend programming;
  • Spring and Winter planning retreats with student “L-team” (leadership team);
  • Student recruitment, advertising, and presence on campus;
  • Mentoring programs with local congregations—connecting students with individuals in local churches;
  • Leadership of a senior small group for students preparing for graduation/transition;
  • Weekly email/newsletter, social media presence, and management of the website.

The Campus Minister supports the spiritual well-being of Duke University students and employees by

  • Providing pastoral care and support to student members as well as to other students who request one-on-one meetings with the Campus Minister;
  • Providing pastoral care for faculty and staff who request one-on-one meetings;
  • Initiating times to meet individually with students informally;
  • Referring students with more serious problems to Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or community resources;
  • Serving as a visible spiritual support on campus.

Campus Religious Life
The Campus Minister participates and networks with the other religious groups and organizations at or serving Duke University, including the following groups:

  • Duke Chapel Religious Life
    • Attends twice per month meetings of Duke Chapel Religious Life Staff;
    • Attends the Religious Life Staff Fall Retreats;
    • Participates in programs and committees of the Religious Life Staff as able, including mission trip funding and LDOC (last day of classes) programming;
    • Serves on the Faith Council, based on invitation;
    • Participates in worship services and vigils held by the Chapel as invited and able;
    • Coordinates with other cultural centers on campus (CSGD, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Mary Lou Williams Center, etc.).
  • New Hope Presbytery
    • Attends and participates in the quarterly New Hope Presbytery Campus Ministry Committee meetings;
    • Participates as a faithful presbyter to New Hope Presbytery by attending Presbytery meetings and sitting on Committees as able;
    • Attends the annual continuing education retreat with the North Carolina Presbyterian campus minister’s cohort.

Duke Divinity School Relationship

The Campus Minister serves as pastoral liaison to Presbyterian and Reformed students at Duke Divinity through the Presbyterian-Reformed House of Studies (PRHOS), including but not limited to:

  • Meeting one-on-one with students in discernment;
  • Serving as a resource/support for those in the PC(USA) ordination process;
  • Attending Theology on Tap, the spring PRHOS retreat, The Verhey Colloquium, etc.

As Executive Director of Presbyterian Campus Ministry, the Campus Minister

  • Supervises any staff or volunteers to PCM+, including 1-2 Duke Divinity field education interns;
  • Attends and supports the Chair in the meetings of the PCM+ Board, including agenda and vision, recruitment and retention of board members, and engagement of the board in ministry support;
  • Attends to day-to-day operational affairs of the PCM+ at Duke, including relations with local Presbyterian and UCC churches, space and room reservations on campus, etc.;
  • Manages finances of the ministry in coordination with the contract bookkeeper and the board treasurer;
  • Directs fall and spring fundraising efforts through alumni and friends mailings and once/semester e-newsletters through alumni affairs, and explores grant funding possibilities;
  • Provides a monthly report of ministries and activities to the PCM+ Board.