The Rev. Timothy L. Auman, United Methodist campus minister at Wake Forest University, has been named the national “Campus Minister of the Year” by the United Methodist Foundation for Higher Education.
The award includes a $5,000 donation to the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Wake Forest from the foundation.
The foundation gives the award annually. It acknowledges excellence in programming in at least four of the seven areas the foundation considers most important in a higher education ministry setting: connection with United Methodist congregations; voluntary community service; spiritual growth of students; leadership development in students; strengthening global awareness; values in higher education and community-building on campus.
More than 350 campus ministers from across the nation competed for the award this year.
Auman leads about 75 students in the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Wake Forest. The group meets weekly for dinners and programs that range from worship to guest speakers, and from student-led discussions of faith-related topics to musical programs.
Auman came to Wake Forest in 1998. He is also director of the Winston-Salem Wesley Foundation which includes members from Wake Forest, Salem College and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also president of the N.C. United Methodist Campus Ministers Association.
At Wake Forest, Auman leads students in annual “alternative” Spring Break mission trips. This year, 27 students worked for Habitat for Humanity in Appalachia.
Auman also leads the students in their regular volunteer projects. They make weekly visits to a state prison in Winston-Salem, and lead worship services in the Forsyth County Jail.
Before coming to Wake Forest, Auman was a campus minister at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School.
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