Thursday, December 17, 2009

Manchester College looks to its roots in faith, service with a new campus pastor dedicated to mentoring students

Manchester College is looking to Walt Wiltschek, editor of the denominational Messenger magazine of the Church of the Brethren, to lead its campus ministry. Wiltschek, well-regarded for his inter-faith mentoring of youth and young adults, will join the Student Development team on Feb. 2.

As campus pastor for the 1,223-student Manchester College, Wiltschek will lead a religious life program that serves students of more than 30 denominations. The diversity of faith on the residential campus includes students who are Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and followers of other Christian and non-Christian faiths as well as many not affiliated with a specific denomination.

“Walt Wiltschek brings extensive experience with young adult ministry, and we are looking forward to his arrival on campus,” said President Jo Young Switzer. “He will help students on their spiritual journeys, and he will strengthen our connections with the Church of the Brethren, our founding denomination.”

Wiltschek, an ordained minister, is a former associate pastor for the Westminster Church of the Brethren in Maryland. He has served as advisor to the National Youth Cabinet and Church of the Brethren district youth programs, and as worship coordinator and leader for young adult conferences, including the National Young Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren in 2004 and 2008.

He has served at the helm of the Messenger for more than six years, and also as director of news services for the General Board leadership of the Church of the Brethren and as director of Brethren identity. In addition to the denominational magazine, he has journalistic experience at the Daily Record in York, Pa., and the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

German-born and Pennsylvania-raised, Wiltschek received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and mathematics from York College of Pennsylvania, a certificate in biblical studies from Eastern Mennonite University, a master of arts in religion from Lancaster Theological Seminary and a master of arts in communication studies/journalism from Northern Illinois University.


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