Higher Education and Campus Ministries

Campus Ministry

The Desert Southwest Conference is affiliated with 4 collegiate ministries in the Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Las Vegas areas. Contact information is below for those wishing to connect with Higher Education ministry leaders.

Connect in Phoenix, AZ:

Students from all over Phoenix are invited to engage in activities at First United Methodist Church of Tempe. You can find out more about this ministry at www.valleywesley.com or by contacting Rev. Jeri Wilkerson directly at Jeri@valleywesley.com.

Rev. Jeri (Jerellen) Wilkerson received her undergraduate in nursing from University of Florida and her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She became an ordained elder in 2011.  Serving as a campus minister at Arizona State University is her passion. It is both challenging and rewarding for her to engage with a diverse student body on issues of faith and spirituality. As the only fully ordained woman in campus ministry at ASU Tempe, Jeri feels that it is important for students to know that all persons can be called by God to serve. One of her main goals is to empower students to reach their full potential in their spiritual lives by allowing them to engage fully in ministry from preaching to teaching, helping with the sacraments and leading worship. By these means, Jeri hopes that students will be fully present to the ways God is calling them.

Connect in Tucson, AZ:

Students in the Tucson area are invited to connect with Rev. Felicia M. George, Director and Pastor of Tucson Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry at University of Arizona and Pima Community College. http://www.tucsonwesley.org

Rev. George earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Communications from the University of Houston; a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law; and a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology. Presently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethics and Religious Studies, from the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program. Prior to serving in ministry full-time,Rev. George served the state of Colorado as a Public Defender, an Assistant Attorney General, a magistrate and a municipal judge. She has served several United Methodist Churches, as an associate and senior pastor She was ordained an Elder in 2003.

Rev. George is passionate about empowering people through preaching and teaching. In fact, she believes that God's people are able to be change agents in the world as they follow Jesus.

Connect in Flagstaff, AZ: 

Students in northern Arizona are invited to connect with Rev. Kathleen Day, Campus Minister, of United Christian Ministry at NAU. Find out more on the UCMNAU facebook page.

Connect in Las Vegas, NV:

Students from the Las Vegas area are invited to connect with Pastor Susan Holden of Oasis Campus Ministry at University United Methodist Church in Las Vegas. For more information email susan@universityumc.org

Susan grew up near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she enjoyed softball, biking, swimming, cheerleading, and exploring outdoors.  In college she studied dance, physical education, and occupational therapy at the University of Tennessee and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is currently working on her Master of Divinity at Claremont School of Theology and hopes to be commissioned as a provisional elder in the Desert Southwest Conference in June 2015. Susan is married and has three children, who are now young adults. In her leisure time, Susan enjoys being outdoors, running, biking and hiking when she can, She also enjoys music, theatre, and the beach. And most of all, she enjoys meeting new people and having a cup of coffee with friends and strangers alike.


Board Contact: Rev. Robert Rynders, Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries Chairperson at rob@citysquarechurch.org

Staff Contact: Rev. Anthony Tang, Director of Connectional Ministries, atang@dscumc.org