Jacksonville Campus Ministry (JCM) was founded in 1972 by a coalition of churches and judicatories of six denominations – Christian (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), Presbyterian (PCUSA), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist. JaxCM's original mission was to serve all Jacksonville campuses. JCM is now in active partnership with congregations from seven denominations, including the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Now JCM is as an ecumenical ministry serving the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University. Throughout the years, the ministry has expanded and contracted with the ebb and flow of students and volunteers.
Last summer (2017), the board of Jacksonville Campus Ministry made the difficult decision to dissolve the campus ministry after interest had declined significantly. Blessedly, God had other plans! Sarah moved to Jacksonville with her pastor husband Daniel in October 2017. Pastor Sarah has extensive campus ministry experience and has a deep passion for young adults and the challenges and joys that come with campus ministry. In January 2018, the board voted not to dissolve the campus ministry and hire Sarah as the campus minister.
We are delighted to see where God is taking the campus ministry in the next few months and years. It will be quite the adventure for our new leader and our students!
We recently received a Youth Ministry Bridge Grant from the ELCA Youth Ministry Network and Lutheran Campus Ministry. We are so excited about the potential for a new ministry that “bridges the gap” between high school youth group and college campus ministry! Learn more about that here.
We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.
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Have questions about campus ministry? Want to get connected? Have a student at Jacksonville University or University of North Florida?
What we do:
Food for Thought
Every Tuesday we gather on University of North Florida's campus to have a meal together and check in on how we are doing. We open with devotions, eat good food, and share in community together. Please check out our calendar to see when and where we will be gathering this fall. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed.
Tell me your story
Every Monday, Sarah is present on Jacksonville University’s campus (usually at the Starbucks) from 1-3pm for free prayer and conversation. She welcomes students to tell her their story, in whatever form that may be at the time. See the calendar for more details about what happens at JU’s campus.
Wednesday Market Days
Many Wednesdays, you can find us at the UNF Student Union Plaza for Market Days. We sometimes have free popcorn or t-shirts, and sometimes we have free conversation. But you can always find us with a smile and practicing radical hospitality. We love chatting with you and encouraging you in your endeavors. Come see us!
On Sunday mornings, Pastor Sarah visits and preaches at congregations in Jacksonville. We would love for you to join her and get plugged in to a worshiping community in town. See our calendar to see where she is preaching/visiting this week.
When we can't gather in person, we gather online! We share devotions, ask questions, and check in with one another through the week and over the summer when we can't gather regularly. Find our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for more information (click the links below)!