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Carthage is thrilled to announce the appointment of the Rev. Adam Miller-Stubbendick as our new campus pastor starting in July.

Pastor Adam Miller-Stubbendick Pastor Adam brings to Carthage a strong background in intercultural and global ministry rooted in the Lutheran tradition and an enthusiasm for working with young adults. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Carthage welcomes students from all faith and non-faith traditions.

“Pastor Adam’s student-focused perspective impressed everyone on the search committee,” said David Timmerman, Carthage’s provost and executive vice president for operations. “His commitment to supporting young adults in their faith formation and nurturing a sense of belonging makes him the ideal person for this integral role for our campus community.”

Pastor Adam’s pastoral experience includes serving ELCA congregations in Nebraska and western New York, and students at Elon University in North Carolina as assistant chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life. In 2022, the Miller-Stubbendick family accepted a call to Jerusalem and the West Bank through an ELCA program that coordinates international ministry opportunities for young adults. The placement was to be for four years, but it ended when the Israel-Hamas war forced them to evacuate in October 2023.

When he begins in July, Pastor Adam will lead the Center for Faith and Spirituality at Carthage. Featuring a robust student staff, the center coordinates worship services, facilitates interfaith dialogue, and collaborates with The Aspire Program to help students develop a sense of purpose in their lives and careers. His early efforts will include planning an orientation worship service to welcome new students as they begin the fall semester.

Carthage trustee and ELCA Bishop Paul Erickson will lead his installation service in the spring 2025 at the A. F. Siebert Chapel. Pastor Adam sees the chapel, located at the center of campus, as a place to gather, engage in conversation, find food, appreciate music, learn, and sit in silence.

“I believe in advocating for religious literacy as a part of holistic education, and building bridges between and within various communities,” Pastor Adam said. “It is a unique privilege to walk with young adults as they figure out their next steps. And, on a college campus, there is a new set of people every four years. This brings fresh energy and viewpoints, which I love.”

Originally from Nebraska, Pastor Adam earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. He spent a year in Cairo, Egypt, as a seminary intern at St. Andrew’s United Church.

His wife, Jordan, is an ordained ELCA minister who recently completed her Doctorate in Ministry in creative writing and public theology. They have two sons, Julian, 8, and Ari, 5.

Pastor Adam’s appointment completes an expansive search. The Rev. Thomas Gaulke served as interim campus pastor for the 2023-24 school year, following the death of the Rev. Kara Baylor from cancer in May 2023. Valor Distinguished Professor of Humanities Stephanie Mitchell chaired the search committee, which included Julius Crump, professor of religion and director of equity and inclusion for faculty and academic integration; Annette Duncan, professor of English; Andrea Ng’weshemi, professor of religion and Jerald C. Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies; and Nick Winkler, Dean of Students.

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