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Kansas Wesleyan University

Grow intellectually and spiritually

For more than 130 years, Kansas Wesleyan University has provided educational opportunities to young adults in the Great Plains Conference and beyond. We offer a wide variety of experiences to deepen your faith, enrich your talents and stimulate your intellect.

Our Campus Ministry is committed to awakening, equipping and sending students for Christ through student-driven community, discipleship and local to global service. Students enjoy weekly chapel service, small groups, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, service experiences, counseling, prayer support and many other opportunities for spiritual growth.

Coyote Campus Ministry seeks to help you in your spiritual journey. A healthy spiritual life and journey is an important part of a successful college experience. Helping students to integrate faith and life while growing spiritually is as vital as stimulating creativity and discover, to nurture the whole person – body, mind, and spirit as you encounter the challenges of college life.

Pastoral Care

Getting direction for your spiritual life

Campus Ministry Team

Our Campus Ministry has a great team approach to speaking into the lives of students, faculty, staff and coaches. The Campus Ministry team serves the whole campus, and is available for personal counseling, religious and vocational counseling and spiritual guidance.

Terry Baldwin
Christian Challenge Advocate & Team Chaplain

Annie Boswell
Life Group Leader and Breaking Bread Coordinator

Aaron Glendening
FCA Area Coordinator, Team Chaplain

Brandon Cheeks
Student Support Advisor, Team Chaplain

Ralita Cheeks
Team Chaplain

Scott Jagodzinske
Campus Minister, Team Chaplain

Dr. Allen Smith
Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Team Chaplain

Rev. Nick Talbott
UMC Pastor, Campus Pastor

Rev. Eric Meyer
Team Chaplain

Rev. Chelsea Shrack
Team Chaplai

Rev. Shay Craig
Fine Arts Chaplain

Rev. Libby Themis
Team Chaplain

Rev. Gideon Achi
Team Chaplain

Madeleine Johnson
Campus Ministry Intern

Bailey Mann
Campus Ministry Intern

Petrie Moua
Campus Ministry Intern


Shanya Murape
Campus Ministry Intern


Avery Smith
Campus Ministry Intern

Noel Zimbeva
Campus Ministry Intern


There are numerous opportunities for members of the UMC to receive scholarships and loan assistance to attend Kansas Wesleyan University. In some cases, a 50% scholarship is available in addition to money from the Dollars for Scholars program. Combined with a robust financial aid package, these offerings enhance KWU’s status as a great faith-based learning option!

For more information on scholarships or financial assistance, please check out The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry and The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.

Internships and Service-Learning Opportunities

Internship and service-learning opportunities are available through the Campus Ministry office. We prioritize helping students in fulfilling Kansas Wesleyan University’s mission to serve the church, community, and the world by providing a variety of resources for educational, cultural, and spiritual enrichment. 

  • There is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship available to students selected to intern with KWU’s FCA program. For more information, please contact KWU’s FCA Coordinator, Aaron Glendening.
  • Campus Ministry Interns : Every year we select students to intern with Campus Ministry in several Areas (Social Media, Worship, Rise Up!, Spiritual Life/Small Groups, Campus Serve/Missions). Interns will support and promote opportunities to explore the richness of a faith journey. Interns are ambassadors who welcome, honor, and celebrate people of all faith traditions, spiritualities, and identities. They are committed to building community and creating inclusive spaces for prayer, meaning-making, and spiritual development. Applications are available in the Spring (incoming Freshmen are invited to apply), contact Scott Jagodzinske to learn more and apply. 
  • Local United Methodist Churches offer internships in a variety of areas throughout the year: Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Music Ministry, Congregational Care, Office helpers, Childcare, Senior Care Ministry and more. To apply, contact Rev. Nick  Talbott, or Scott Jagodzinske.

  • Other local Ministry Internships are posted at the Campus Ministry Office periodically. 

Ecumenical Religious Life Opportunities

Kansas Wesleyan University intends to provide an active, diversified religious life program designed to meet the total range of spiritual development needs. Organizations that help us to create an ecumenical ministry setting includes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Christian Challenge and partnerships with local churches. These organizations work with and alongside the KWU Campus Ministry to aid/increase opportunities for fellowship, community service and celebration. Spiritual resource persons are also available to students, faculty, staff and coaches.

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Weekly Connections

Monday Night Alive

Monday Nights,  8-8:30pm @ University UMC (across from Memorial Library)  

Monday Night Alive (MNA), our campus-wide Weekly Chapel service, takes place every Monday. This weekly Chapel is a relevant time to pause, and join to together as a community to celebrate & worship. MNA is a Christian worship service that seeks to incorporate a variety of styles and music, led by House band, Rise Up!

You are welcome to join and enjoy a community of spiritual seekers looking for a deeper connection with God. Are you interested in being part of the Monday Night Alive team? We welcome you to share your gifts and passions.

Learn more or join our Chapel Planning Team and/or play with Rise Up! (Chapel Band).

Life Groups/Small Groups

Our goal in these groups is to glorify God through learning truth, praying for each other, deepening friendships and reaching out to others. These groups cater to real-life issues that young people face in their post-high school years.

Women’s Life Group

Mondays, 8:45pm – UUMC Little Sanctuary

Leader: Annie Boswell – [email protected]

Training Time Life Group

Mixed-Gender – Mondays, 9pm – UUMC Campus Ministry Office

Leader: Scott Jagodzinske – [email protected]

Community Life Group

Mixed Gender & Ages – Wednesdays, 5:45pm – UUMC Little Sanctuary

Leader: Nick Talbott – [email protected]

Christian Challenge

Mixed Genders w/ K-State Salina

Thursdays, 7pm – LifePoint Church

Leader Terry Baldwin – [email protected]

Basement Bible Study

Mixed Genders – Tuesdays 7:00pm – Contact Leaders for location

Leaders: Jada Renner & Harley Harris – [email protected]


Blessings on the Go

Prayer can be an important part of the faith journey at KWU. To have someone pray with you, visit the Blessings on the Go kiosk in the Student Activities Center throughout the week, or just stop by. You can also send prayer requests to Campus Minister Scott Jagodzinske and have it added to a prayer chain list.

KWU Fellowship of Christian Athletes

KWU Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. in Muir Gym. It is not just for athletes and coaches but anyone who wants to attend. KWU’s FCA will be asking for a student-athlete representative from each KWU athletic team. The team representatives will help with the KWU FCA program, prayer for teammates, and act as a liaison between KWU FCA and their team. KWU FCA will consist of games, prayer, discussions, and sermons that are geared towards being a student-athlete and a Christian.

The FCA Mission
To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

The FCA Vision
To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

The FCA Values
Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly. (Proverbs 1:3)

We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)

We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. (Philippians 2:1-4)

We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)

For more information contact Aaron Glendening.


 Join a SERVE Team – SERVE Teams are groups that volunteer at a variety of non-profit organizations across Salina. Contact [email protected] to learn more. 

When is CampusServe?

One big project each semester.