Campus Ministry exists to support, encourage, and challenge students and the entire TLU community in their faith journeys.
All Are Welcome
The many activities and groups sponsored by Campus Ministry provide a variety of ways for students to strengthen their faith and explore new avenues of faith development.
Our diverse community is made up of a variety of students with a variety of religious backgrounds.
Campus Ministry welcomes each student, wherever they are on their faith journey, and invites them to deepen their awareness of God's presence and to embrace God's calling to work together for justice and peace in the world.
Campus Ministry provide a focal point for a community of faith where we:
- Proclaim Christ in Word, Encounter Christ in Sacrament, and experience Christ in relationship.
- Place what they learn in conversation with what they believe and value.
- Witness to the reconciling Word of God in Christ, reaching out to all people.
- Respond to human need, work for peace and justice, and care for the sick and suffering.
- Find people in a supportive experience of community.
- Welcome one another warmly no matter what faith, tradition, nationality, race or denomination.
- Seek sensitive, personal and confidential pastoral care.
- Join in praise and worship, exploring the rich liturgical Christian worship tradition.
Meet Campus Pastor Wes Cain
Pastor Wes is a 2009 graduate of TLU, where he majored in Theology and minored in Biblical Greek. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his studies focused on young adult and campus ministries. He was ordained by the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 2015, and has served as pastor of Wimberley UMC since 2017. He has also served as senior pastor at Kyle UMC and as leader for Youth Ministry and Student Ministries at churches in New Braunfels and Boerne.
Pastor Wes also has a wide array of other ministry experiences, including numerous volunteer endeavors focused on the intersection of higher education and spiritual development.
“God has instilled within me a passion for college-aged student ministry," he said. "I am especially excited about this opportunity because TLU is where I first realized my call to minister to and with college students, faculty, and staff. I saw first-hand the impact a thriving campus ministry can have on a university focused on engaging a wide range of study, activity, and community.”
In his conversations with the TLU community, Pastor Wes demonstrated his ecumenical understanding of theology and faith, and noted his connection to Luther’s vision of grace and the Lutheran understanding of faith that is rooted in accessibility to all. Along with this, drawing on his own experiences as a student, he has made clear that he understands the significance of campus ministries at TLU and the breadth of leadership that is required to build and sustain this area fully. The full communion status shared between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the UMC will allow him to lead with a common faith lived out in a cross-denominational way.
The campus looks forward to welcoming Wes and his family back to the TLU community. He is married to Reverend Jessica Cain, also a 2009 graduate, who now serves as the pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church in Buda. The Cains have three children: James, Joseph, and Rebekah.
On Monday, Wednesday, & Friday during the academic year from 10:00 - 10:20 a.m., start your day with praise and prayer at the Chapel of the Abiding Presence. Every Friday is Faculty/Staff Day, with a guest speaker sharing stories of how God is working in their lives.
Growth & Service
Denominational & Student-Led Groups
For those looking to explore a new denomination or who want to find the one that fits their heritage, we have several small groups related to Christian denominations. Each group meets at different times and different places and participates in our joint Campus Ministries.
- Catholic Student Organization
- Christian Fellowship
- Athletes In Action
- Wesley Foundation (Methodist)
Alumni & Friends
If you are interested in giving back to the campus ministry and supporting the continuing faith development of the TLU community, please email Pastor Wes. He would love to speak with you about how you could participate in the continued leadership of our chapel services.