Peer Ministry

PEER MINISTERS are currently-enrolled college and university students who have been specially selected and trained in the following four focus areas:  Faith Formation, Christian Community, Discernment, and Leadership Development . You don’t need to be a Peer Minister to get involved and participate in our campus ministry programs – all are welcome! However, if you’re a full-time student, have demonstrated ministry leadership experience and seek more of it, and you’re passionate about deepening your own spiritual journey and serving others by sharing the love of Christ with those you meet, Peer Ministry might be right for you.

39575702_1873931822653173_1030957039129460736_nAs a Peer Minister, you work collaboratively with parish leaders as well as our Campus Missioner and Interns to design and lead program opportunities that highlight  faith formation, Christian community,  discernment, and leadership development in your campus community. At K-State and KU, there is the opportunity to live in-residence at one of our Canterbury Houses.

If you’re interested in discerning further about serving as a Peer Minister, begin by speaking with the Peer Ministers on your campus. If there are no Peer Ministers currently serving on your campus, contact our Campus Missioner directly. Applications are opened in February for the following fall semester and in November for the spring semester.

Current and Past Peer Ministers Reflecting on their Experience 

ZimmermanAbby“My time as a peer minister at the K-State Canterbury House was the best part of my college experience. It was so much fun, and the ministry became my family.  We laughed together, cried together, prayed together, and supported each other through one of the most transitive parts of our lives. I grew so much in my faith, and as a peer minister I felt like my actions helped other students do the same. I met people who would prove to be some of my best friends in the world. Canterbury pushed me to become a better version of myself, and I don’t think I would be the person I am today without it.” (Abby Zimmerman, KSU Peer Minister 2015-18)

pic2“ …  I found out about ‘Peer Ministry’ at the first youth event I attended (it happened to be MIQRA), and I felt compelled to explore it further, in the hopes of spreading the Episcopal Church’s message of love and social justice to others, just as the Church had offered them to me. I am now midway through my second year as a Peer Minister, and I cannot be more thankful for the gifts it has given me, and the gifts it has allowed for me to give to others. It has equipped me with the tools I need to struggle with my own faith, as all of us do. It has facilitated and honed my ability to reach out to the community to serve others, as Christ has set an example for us all to do. Finally, it has provided me with a loving community of other peer ministers, students, laypersons and clergy that make the sometimes difficult life of a college student not only bearable, but exciting and rewarding. I look forward to several more years of further exploration of these gifts as a Peer Minister, and the opportunities it will provide for not only my own spiritual and earthly journey, but for other persons’ journeys as well.” (John Olson, KU Peer Minister 2013-17)

Austin Staple“It has been almost two years since I decided to become involved in campus ministry at my parish, St. Peter’s in Pittsburg, KS. When I entered the church about three years ago, I was so impressed with the hospitality that I received from not only our Choir Director, and Rector, but from each and every person in the congregation. Everyone at St. Peter’s was so eager to help me through my spiritual growth and relationship with God, and they continue to do so even today. After I realized that I was at “home” at St. Peter’s and with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, I knew I wanted to do more to make others feel the generous hospitality my parish shared with me. Overall, ministering to others’ needs and helping them find or solidify a relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ is what defines my becoming a Peer Minister. As the only Peer Minister in the Southeast Convocation, it is my goal to continue following the all-inclusive and loving ministry of Jesus Christ and help any of my peers follow that same ministry.” (Austin Stapleton, Pitt State Peer Minister 2013-15)

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