Three Episcopal Campus Ministry awards presented

Posted Aug 12, 2014

 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Three Episcopal Church 2014 Campus Ministry awards have been presented for outstanding service and dedication.

The awards were presented by the Rev. Michael Angell, Episcopal Church Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries during the recent Kindling conference.

The awards and recipients are:

Distinguished Leadership: The Rev. Jonathan Melton, Chaplain, St. Francis House, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The award for Distinguished Leadership recognizes a campus minister who is “leading the field, showing exemplary work,” Angell explained. “The Rev. Jonathan Melton has made incredible strides in re-establishing a strong ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His impressive use of social media is coupled with a knack for community building that is helping college students connect with The Episcopal Church.”

Distinguished Service: The Rev. Daniel Brown, former chaplain, The Episcopal Center at the University of Georgia

The award for Distinguished Service recognizes the work of a campus minister who has served the wider Episcopal Campus Ministry Community.  “The Rev. Daniel Brown served as Provincial Coordinator for Province IV for a number of years, and also represented the office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries ecumenically on a number of occasions,” Angell said. “He helped provide continuity and support for Campus Ministries.”

Sam Portaro Award for Creative Expression and Intellectual Inquiry: Steve Mullaney, Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.

Steve was selected for his creativity in inspiring several new forms of campus ministry on campuses across the Diocese of Minnesota.  “As Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, Steve Mullaney has unleashed the creative potential of student leaders and leaders in local congregations in engaging with college campuses,” Angell said.  “A testament to this work was also seen in the number of campus ministry grants received by Minnesota this year.”

The Sam Portaro Award is named for the Rev. Sam Portaro, longtime chaplain at the University of Chicago and widely published author.  The award was inspired by Portaro’s consistent commitment to creativity and intellectual inquiry, expressed principally in his books.

The Provincial Coordinators for Campus Ministry reviewed the nominations and recommended the recipients.

For more information contact Angell