Wilson named campus pastor at Huntington University

The Rev. Arthur Wilson, Huntington University, a Christian collegeHUNTINGTON, Ind. After leading the student body for a year in the interim, the Rev. Arthur Wilson has been named the new campus pastor of Huntington University.

"Arthur has done a wonderful job as the interim campus pastor, and I'm glad we can make this appointment permanent," said Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for student life. "I'm excited to see the direction that he will take campus ministries."

Wilson came to the university in 2009 as the director of urban scholarship and mentoring to head the Horizon Leadership Program. While Wilson will no longer lead the program, he will continue to be involved with Horizon and its students. Jesse Brown, associate dean of student development, will take over next year as the director.

"I'm humbled to serve the Huntington University community as the campus pastor. Through this opportunity, I'm honored to not only have the privilege to positively influence the lives of Horizon students but every student who attends Huntington University," Wilson said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to implement creative and innovative methods to support the spiritual development of our students."

Wilson formerly served as the City Life coordinator for Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ. City Life is a division of the Primetime Community Center that oversees day-to-day operations of the center and partners with Huntington University to offer educational resources, recreational activities, group meetings, small groups and Bible studies to at-risk teenagers. He has also represented Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ on a national level by serving as a camp speaker and as a member of the City Life National Team.

Wilson helped to shape the Horizon Leadership Program at HU to create a more racially and ethnically diverse campus. Launched in the fall of 2008, the program is a collaborative effort between the university and Youth for Christ that is designed to attract and retain students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by providing educational, leadership and creative outlets. The Horizon Leader Scholarship covers fees associated with tuition and housing costs for up to 10 semesters through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid.

The program is designed to integrate participating students into an existing fabric of university life and Youth for Christ ministry through community service, academic success, professional/leadership development, spiritual growth and social involvement.

In addition to his role at HU, Wilson serves as the assistant pastor at New Covenant Worship Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In 2004, he graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Science degree in pastoral ministries. He is currently working toward his Master of Arts degree in youth ministry leadership at Huntington University.