Lutheran Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Team oversees all synod campus ministry programs. The team is responsible for planning activities and allocating dollars to each campus ministry program.

Lutheran Campus Ministry throughout South Carolina is gearing up for fall! Campus pastors are reaching out this summer to students who are or will be attending local colleges and universities in the fall.

If you know of a young adult at one of our SC schools, please send his or her name (along with an address, if possible) to the appropriate campus pastors.


If you are a young adult, or if you know of a young adult who is looking for a community of friends and a way to express faith, consider campus ministry. The campus ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) welcome everyone into their loving and accepting communities. Young adults experience unique spiritual, intellectual and emotional challenges. ELCA Campus Ministry seeks to strengthen and support them as they learn and grow.

You can use this referral tool to find a campus ministry near you. If you are looking for a school that is not listed, we will direct your referral to the nearest ELCA Lutheran church.

We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life. The mission of campus ministry in the ELCA is to invite people in academic settings to engage more deeply with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the community that bears his name, so that they can discover and fulfill their vocation as disciples. Find out more about Campus Ministry across the ELCA.

South Carolina Campus Ministry Committee Chair
Vacant at this time.

Anderson University
Rev. J. Chris Fischer
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 209 Broad Street, Anderson, SC 29621
864-224-4220 htlcpastor@htlc-anderson.com

Charleston Southern University
Pastoral Vacancy at this time

The Citadel
Rev. Alvin Schrum
St. Johannes Lutheran Church, 48 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401-1616
803-201-1857 pastor.shrum@gmail.com

Clemson University & Tri-County Tech
Rev. Chris Heavner
Lutheran Campus Ministry – Clemson, 111 Sloan Street, Clemson, SC 29631
864-654-4232 pastorc@clemson.edu
College of Charleston & Medical University of Charleston
Pastoral Vacancy at this time

Grand Strand
Rev. Hank Moody
1414 Saint Thomas Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-992-8425 pastorhankmoody@aol.com

Converse College, Wofford College, USC-Upstate
Rev. Mike Shackelford
St. John Lutheran Church, 415 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
864-583-8167 mtshack@gmail.com

Erskine College & Lander University
Rev. Rusty Kehl
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 E. Creswell Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646
864-223-0590 pastorrusty@ilcgreenwood.com

Francis Marion University
Rev. Jeff Shealy
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1201 Cherokee Road, Florence, SC 29501
843-662-4622 jwshealy@gmail.com
– and –
Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 3123 W Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501
843-669-2355

Furman University
Deacon Mandi Whitley
421 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
864-242-5702 mtwhitley@trinitylutheran.ws

Newberry College
Rev. Ernie Worman
2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108
803-947-2052 Ernie.worman@newberry.edu
@WolvesNministry on Twitter

Presbyterian College
Pastoral Vacancy at this time

University of South Carolina – Aiken
Rev. Adam Carnell
961 Trail Ridge Road, Aiken, SC 29803
803-649-4021 officeadmin@stpaullc.net

University of South Carolina & Columbia Area Schools
Rev. Michele C. Fischer
Lutheran Campus Ministry, 1702 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29201
803-525-4100 luminatusc@gmail.com

Winthrop University
Dr. Olga-Maria Cruz
520 Aiken Ave, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730

803-324-5295 winthropwelcm@gmail.com

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