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Director of Campus Ministry

First United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation

Iowa City, Iowa


Job Description:

Congregation with developing college ministry program is seeking a dynamic and passionate fulltime Director of Campus Ministry who will, as part of an Intergenerational Ministry Team, have primary responsibility to foster Christian community, promote spiritual growth, develop future leaders, and build connections between the church and local university community.


The person filling this position must be one whose mission and ministry are in service of Jesus Christ.  


Church and Student Center are located blocks from The University of Iowa near downtown Iowa City and there are several local colleges and in the greater Iowa City community.


Preferred Qualifications:

Elder, Deacon, Diaconal, or Local Pastor Certification in the United Methodist Church, with leadership experience in young adult or college ministry.  Applicants with clergy affiliations must be in good standing with their respective organization.


We are looking for an individual who embodies the following:

  • Passion:The ideal candidate should have a deep passion for campus ministry and a heart for college students. They should be enthusiastic about sharing their faith and creating meaningful connections with young adults.
  • Vision:Our Director of Campus Ministry should be forward-thinking and able to envision innovative ways to reach students. They will play a crucial role in shaping this ministry’s direction and impact.
  • Skilled with Group Work:Demonstrated skills at working with diverse groups, including students, volunteers, and church members. Strong communication, effective collaboration and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Student Engagement:The Director should be someone who can draw students to our ministry. Whether through creative events, relevant programming, or personal relationships, they should be adept at engaging students and making them feel welcome.
  • Long-Term Commitment:We desire someone who will invest in our campus ministry for the long haul. Building relationships and a sustainable program takes time, and we hope the Director will be with us for an extended period.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Enhance, continue to develop, and implement a vision for campus ministry that aligns with the mission and values of First United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation


Oversee Campus Ministry to Students, Staff and Faculty and college aged persons.         

  • Develop leadership skills and opportunities.
  • Provide spiritual leadership and direction.
  • Provide opportunities for study in Christian doctrine, religious beliefs, Bible study and denominational theology and social principles.
  • Lead and empower student leaders to facilitate group activities, discussions, and events that promote spiritual growth, community building, and service opportunities.
  • Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment that attracts students from diverse backgrounds and fosters meaningful relationships.
  • Collaborate with university faculty and other campus ministries to integrate common initiatives with broader church programming.
  • Provide pastoral care, support, and guidance to students as they navigate the challenges of college life and explore their faith journey. Connect students with appropriate resources.
  • Utilize creative outreach strategies to connect with students on campus, in the community, with other campus ministries and Iowa Annual Conference congregations to promote awareness of the Wesley Foundation activities.


Promote and further the Wesley Foundation Missional Priorities

WF Missional Priorities

  • Christian Community for experiencing God’s Grace and deepening relationships.
  • Spiritual Growth through worship, prayer, and faith exploration together with God.
  • Faithful Service, however and wherever there is need of God’s Love in the world.
  • Leadership Development by creating opportunities for discernment of God’s call to faithful discipleship.


Intergenerational Ministry Team

Our director will be part of the Intergenerational Ministry Team which is partnered with other ministry leaders, including youth pastors, children’s ministry directors, and senior pastors. The ability to collaborate across generations is essential.

  • Connecting our ministries. The Director will collaborate with the church staff, leadership, and volunteers, participate in worship services, events and activities to integrate the campus ministry with our faith community and maintain a strong intergenerational connection between the Wesley Foundation and the congregation.
  • Commit to long-term involvement with this ministry, investing in the spiritual growth and leadership development of students over an extended period.


Essential Qualities for the Position

  • A 4-year degree from an accredited university.
  • Theological study
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a team setting.
  • Commitment to developing a fully inclusive faith community.
  • Young at Heart: we value a youthful spirit; the ability to relate to college students and understand their unique challenges is essential.
  • Experience in working with college aged persons; development and exploration of life challenges, advising, mentoring, supporting exploration of faith.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral.)
  • Institutional knowledge of the structure and inner workings of organized churches.


Application Process: 

Interested candidates should submit their resume (including a minimum of two references), cover letter, and a statement of faith to: fumcwfoffice@icfirstchurch.org.


We look forward to welcoming a passionate and dedicated Director of Campus Ministry to our team!




The First United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation of Iowa City is a community of faith through which grace is offered to all and each person is empowered to impact the world for good.

Join us for Worship, Sundays at 8:30am & 10:30am.

All of our worship services at FUMC feature sermons that connect the Bible to the daily living of our faith. We seek to live John Wesley’s understanding of grace in our relationships with God, one another, and the world.