The Rev. Bridgette Young, senior associate dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University and an elder in the North Georgia Conference, has been named Assistant General Secretary for Campus Ministry in the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, effective July 6.
"With this appointment, the GBHEM affirms its strong commitment to campus ministry and chaplaincy as integral to the United Methodist Church’s mission in higher education," said Jerome King Del Pino, General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. "I am delighted that the Rev. Young will join with us in addressing the challenges and pursuing the opportunities of developing principled leaders for church and society who are ‘. . . characterized by intellectual excellence, moral integrity, spiritual courage, and holiness of heart and life.’"
In her role as Assistant General Secretary for Campus Ministry, Young will oversee the promotion, interpretation, and resourcing of campus ministries and college chaplaincies for The United Methodist Church. Additionally, she will provide staff support to associations of United Methodist campus ministers and chaplains, technical assistance and consultative services to annual conference and campus ministry boards, and leadership in the ecumenical arena related to campus ministry. She will provide leadership to The United Methodist Church in articulating the theological and practical role of campus ministry including interaction with bishops and annual conference leaders as well as others that can assist in promoting the role of campus ministry in The United Methodist Church. She will also handle tasks associated with implementation of GBHEM’s strategic plan.
“The Rev. Bridgette Young brings a wealth of experience and passion for campus ministry. The United Methodist Church will be well served by her leadership,” said Dr. Wanda Bigham, interim Associate General Secretary for the Division of Higher Education.
Young will be relocating to Nashville from her home in Atlanta for this position.