Director and Campus Minister – Ryan LaRock

 

The Reverend Ryan LaRock is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has pastored in the Virginia Conference since 2016. A native of Virginia Beach and a lifelong United Methodist, Ryan responded to God’s call on his life as a first-year at the University of Virginia, where he was a worship leader at the Wesley Foundation and lived in their residential community for two years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both religious studies and French. His call led him to Duke Divinity School, where he earned his Master’s of Divinity and experienced God’s abundant grace in learning in the classroom. He served as a youth pastor at a new church start and a pediatric oncology chaplain at Duke University Hospital. For four years, he served as the Associate Pastor at Christ UMC in Fairfax County, VA, providing pastoral care and counseling, preaching, leading Pub Theology, and helping co-launch a ministry for persons with disabilities. In the height of pandemic lockdowns, Ryan left Northern Virginia to shepherd a medium-sized congregation, Deep Creek UMC, through a difficult rebuilding season. Amid the pandemic, Ryan started and is almost finished with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke, and he is planning to submit his dissertation in March 2025.

Ryan is passionate about campus ministry because of his roots. He most recently chaired the Virginia Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, where he focused on fostering a renewed narrative around the vitality of campus ministries as an extension of our wider church.

 

 

Administrative Assistant – House Manager

Our Campus Ministry has an Administrative Assistant – House Manager job opening for just the right person. This is a part-time position that provides administrative support for the Campus Minister, clerical support for the Wesley Board, and general operational support for the Wesley House. Daily interactions with guests, college students and house residents are required along with a focus on using Microsoft Office Programs, Gmail, and social media.