Two life group leaders, one a retired pastor and the other a current local pastor, volunteered to be available to students following Pastor Randy Heckert’s retirement. Their role is not to simply replace Heckert but to provide support for students.
Edy Herrera and Wesley Jenkins are new resources willing to walk alongside students in their spiritual journey. Both also lead life groups with the Office of Spiritual Formation.
“All of our life group leaders are resources for students to talk about life and faith,” said Rev. Dr. Linda Leon, director of spiritual formation.
Jenkins is a retired pastor now living in the Canton Christian Home. Jenkins’ life group, “Let’s live it up!” meets in Emma’s each Monday at 10 a.m. The group aims to talk about life with one another and focus on God’s word.
“My hope is [the life group] will attract young people who want to talk about issues in their life,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins will be in Emma’s from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday and Wednesday. Students can simply drop in and spent time talking with him.
“I come up to sit around and see if any young people want to talk about life, past, present, or future. I have a desire to help people. That’s the simple thing,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins wants to invest in the Malone community and wishes for students to call him Wesley.
Herrera currently serves as the lead pastor at Love Canton and facilitates the “Breakfast” life group. He meets with students each Wednesday at 8 a.m. to discover who Jesus truly is.
Herrera can also be found each Friday at #MUBlessUP in the Stewart Room.
Both pastors are readily available to students during the week and are happy to talk to anyone who needs them.
Rev. Dr. Linda Leon, director of spiritual formation, is grateful for the community of support for students.
“I’m grateful because our spiritual formation opportunities program isn’t something that are staff alone,” Leon said. “We can only facilitate the [spiritual formation opportunities] program because of dozens of volunteers like life group leader, student leaders, faculty and staff, alumni, and people we know and have vetted from the community.”
Leon said campus is full of people ready to guide students in their journey through life.
“All of our life group leaders are resources for students to talk about life and faith,” Leon said.
Cathy Weyand is a staff writer for The Aviso.