My name is Pastor Courtney Young. I am the new campus pastor here at Saint Cloud State University as of August 15, 2015. Over the past couple of years Lutheran Campus Ministry at SCSU was obliged to change. University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany was officially closed in the fall of 2015. The building was sold, and it continues its life as a place of worship for a new people. When I was called I was given the challenge, honor, and joy of finding a new way of life for this ministry - a ministry without a building in a postmodern and pluralistic world. I don’t have an office. Instead, I meet with students and get my work done in the student center, the library, and the cafeteria. I am where the students are. The students and I are having fun popping up all over campus. We hold our weekly Bible study in Garvey and meet up at the Caribou Coffee in Atwood to chat.
Different Form, Same Purpose
Even though our form has changed, our purpose has not. Just like those who came before us, we are passionate about sharing Jesus with young adults. Our new purpose statement is that we are a safe community at St Cloud State University that welcomes, loves, and affirms others as we walk humbly with God on our spiritual journey. Young adults need trusted companions as they navigate what it means to follow Jesus in an uncertain landscape. I am honored that I get to be one of those trusted companions.
Meet Us on the Road
You are receiving this invitation and newsletter because your name was given to us as a supporter or alumni of campus ministry. I hope I get to meet you in person at our 60th or when I get out into congregations around St. Cloud or the Twin Cities to preach and talk about young adults and campus ministry.