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Jon Cavanagh Named Campus Pastor at Taylor University

  • By: Jim Garringer
  • Published: Jun 2, 2015 10:30AM
Jon Cavanagh

Caption: Jon Cavanagh

Rev. Jonathon (Jon) J. Cavanagh has been named Campus Pastor at Taylor University. Cavanagh’s selection comes after a nearly year-long nationwide search.

Cavanagh, a 1998 Taylor University alumnus, has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at Wengatz Hall, Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups.

Cavanagh was a member of the Chapel Committee during the past year – a group tasked with creating a philosophy and purpose statement for Taylor’s chapel program. In his new role, Cavanagh will be responsible for Taylor’s chapel program, identifying and scheduling speakers, some preaching, and coordination of music and volunteers.

“The search process for a new Campus Pastor introduced us to a number of highly qualified candidates, each of whom would have brought their own unique skills and contributions to our Taylor community. Jon’s appointment is one that was made prayerfully and with a great deal of thought and discussion across a number of university publics,” said Dr. Skip Trudeau, Vice President for Student Development. “Jon Cavanagh is loved by our students, faculty and staff. We are both excited and confident about his appointment and future in this new role.”

“I am extremely grateful to be trusted with such a significant responsibility,” said Cavanagh. “It is a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to serve in this role alongside some amazing colleagues among our faculty, staff and administrators. It’s also an absolute gift to be able to live amongst and serve the incredible collection of students we always have here on campus. Life is full of challenges and our God is faithful. I can’t wait to get started.”

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.).

Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

As a conference presenter, Cavanagh has addressed topics related to residence hall life, student discipline, and residence life staff development. His professional associations include membership in the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD), and service as Co-Chair of the Connections Committee for the ACSD 2012 Annual Conference.

Cavanagh and his wife Kara are the parents of a 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe.