The Link Between Faith and Learning
Presbyterian college chaplains provide a link between faith and learning, between our Church and our institutions of higher education, and between people exploring the meaning of life and the God who is the basis of that meaning.
The Presbyterian College Chaplains Association (PCCA) includes chaplains at APCU member colleges and universities, as well Presbyterian chaplains serving at other private colleges and universities across the country.
Our members have a unique opportunity (and responsibility) to enhance the understanding of faith and spirituality within their institutions and to influence the future of society by sharing the message of the Gospel on their campuses and throughout their communities.
The PCCA supports its members through the hosting of conferences and workshops, the dissemination of research and travel grants, the sharing of theological reflection and professional resources, and ongoing collaboration with related organizations, such as:
- UKirk Collegiate Ministries Association
- Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education
- Interfaith Youth Core
The PCCA is governed by an executive committee that meets twice a year. Questions, concerns, and ideas related to the work of the PCCA can be shared with any member of the executive committee, particularly one of the at-large delegates. You can also share thoughts and/or request information about the PCCA by contacting us.
2023–2024 Executive Committee Members
Rev. Dr. Catherine Knott | Vice President
Catherine has served as the Ball Family Chaplain at Hanover College since 2016. She previously served congregations in the United Kingdom and the Chicago area.
Rev. Maggie Alsup | At-Large Delegate
Maggie has served as the chaplain at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas since 2018. She previously served congregations in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Rev. Derek Wadlington | At-Large Delegate
Derek has served as the chaplain at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio since 2023. He previously served as the Besch/Clarkson College Chaplain and Director of the Curran Bonner Leader Program at Wilson College.
Rev. Beatrix Weil | At-Large Delegate
Beatrix Weil has served as the chaplain at Rhodes College since 2018. She has previously served as a chaplain at a hospital, a high school, and three other colleges.
The PCCA has developed a set of resources designed to support the work of our chaplains.
The PCCA works closely with the following organizations to advance its work, enjoy opportunities for professional development, and find resources that can support individual campus ministries.
Interfaith America is a national non-profit organization working toward an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together.
Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education
The Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE) supports higher education chaplaincies and nurtures religious and spiritual life professionals through scholarship, education, and collaboration. ACSLHE provides a unique fellowship for collegial connections, professional development, and the sharing of best practices and resources among those leading multi-faith and religious and spiritual life in higher education.
National Campus Ministry Association (NCMA)
With over four decades of advocacy, collegiality, and commitment to ministry in higher education, the NCMA offers support for personal and professional growth to those engaged in campus ministry, full or part time, clergy, or laity.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is distinctly a confessional and a connectional church, distinguished by the representation of elders in its government. The church has a membership of 1.6 million people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico with nearly 10,000 congregations and worshiping communities.
UKirk provides professional support, empowerment, and community for those engaged in campus ministry on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). UKirk is a central hub for this vital and challenging aspect of ministry, dedicated to nurturing connections and sharing resources with fellow professionals in the field.
Pay Member Dues
Thank you for your support of the PCCA. If your dues payment was not included in the APCU invoice for membership dues, please email Janna Wofford to request an invoice. This option should only be necessary for Presbyterian chaplains working at non-APCU member schools
Stay up to date on PCCA news, conferences, and more through the monthly PCCA e-newsletter.