As the directors
of Campus Ministry, Nancy
Connor and Dennis Sepper, the husband
and wife who have offered their talents to the PLU community
as pastors for the last seven years, must take on many roles-spiritually
and administratively. But they eventually want to be remembered
for their pastoral care. "We want our legacy to be that
'they're just darn good pastors,'" Sepper says.
schedule of a Campus Ministry ebbs and flows. Each year unique
personalities, needs and wants have to be met specifically.
The principles of Lutheran higher education guide Sepper and
Connor as they create services to meet those needs.
operate so that if Nancy and I left tomorrow, things would continue
on the same path."
The pastors, who have no plans to leave PLU, offer personal
qualities and passions that could not easily be replaced. From
ministering through crises, to the countless weddings they have
performed, their presence at PLU has nurtured the path that
Campus Ministry currently walks. Previously pastors at separate
Lutheran congregations, they enjoy the freedom of university
life that allows them to try new things. Connor is enthusiastic
about the "resources for music, speakers and perspectives"
you can find within the community.
It is those
diverse perspectives that can bring about challenges and growth.
Even when it seems most difficult, they insist on holding together
the diversity of religious expression on campus. Connor tells
the community, "there's a place for your voice."
the importance of teaching students that controversial subjects
can be strengthening to growing faith. "Dialogue helps
you solidify your own views."
a great deal of hope in what the next few years will bring to
Campus Ministry at PLU. Technology will likely be a part of
the future of the department, with Web site updates and plans
for online prayer chains and daily devotionals. It may also
play a role in the Eastvold and Tower Chapel restoration
in the years ahead.
"We're looking forward to
the opportunity to help shape what that very special place on
campus will be like," Sepper said.