Capital University

University Pastor

Capital University
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Date Posted: 07/19/2017
Categories: College Pastor
Denominations: Lutheran
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Capital University seeks a dynamic leader for the freshly re-envisioned position of University Pastor.  We seek an experienced pastor who is passionate about mission-directed work with undergraduate and graduate students of diverse backgrounds in a vibrant and inclusive residential learning community. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Provide pastoral support to Capital University students, including life transition, crisis, and candidacy support, working collaboratively with the Dean of Students and staff and faculty.
  • Define a University worship program that integrates the University community, catalyzes student involvement in and leadership of worship, and engages students in the study and application of diverse worship pedagogies and expressions.
  • Foster interfaith and intercultural appreciation and competence, including hosting University-community interfaith dialogue forums, observances, and activities.
  • Lead a team of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty and area religious leaders in developing summer programming for diverse populations (e.g., a summer program in contemporary innovations in youth ministry; an exploration program for youths, etc.)
  • Oversee Campus Ministry and related groups and programs, and engage non-Capital-affiliated ministries to build relationships and community.



  • Master’s degree (M.Div. or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education required.
  • Ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and call to serve at Capital University approved by the Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA is required.
  • Experience working or serving in a higher education context, campus ministry, and/or youth ministry strongly preferred.
  • Passion for Capital’s mission and the vital importance of transformational ELCA education in today’s and tomorrow’s society.
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills, including proficiency in social media as a tool for engaging students and creating and enhancing community.


For a full list of expectations, attributes, qualifications and additional information about Capital University please visit


Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, family education benefits, long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.


Nominations and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with candidate review beginning July 1, and continuing until a new University Pastor is selected.  Application materials should be submitted to:  Materials should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the position prospectus, a CV or résumé, and the names and contact information (email and phone) for three references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search and not without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence.


Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports a diverse and inclusive campus community. Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.

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