Lyn Pace joined Oxford College as chaplain in July 2009. Prior to coming to Oxford, Rev. Pace was the associate chaplain, director of service learning, and director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 2002-2003, he served as a minister in the British Methodist Church on the Isle of Wight in England.
Pace earned his BA degree in religion and history from Wofford College in 1999 and received the Master of Divinity degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology in 2002. His specific interests while at Candler were systematic theology, the religious history and landscape of America, and practical theology.
A lifelong United Methodist, Pace was ordained an elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2005. He and wife Ami Hernandez reside in the city of Oxford.
Chaplain Pace says:
Being engaged with both the campus and local community is extremely important and integral to my work. While at Wofford, I not only helped students, staff, and faculty be engaged in the local community through service learning and civic engagement, but I also served on councils and committees with several community partners. These included the United Way's Community Investment Process committee, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen Relocation committee, and the Memory Walk committee of the Alzheimer's Association of the Upstate. I continue to serve on the alumni council at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University.
I believe that a college chaplain's work is found in but not limited to five distinct areas: cultivating hospitality, shaping spiritual formation, offering care and counsel, engaging in the theological exploration of vocation, and building an ethically engaged community that moves toward social justice.
All are welcome in the Chaplain's office at Oxford. Regardless of your race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, or ability, you are welcome here. Whether or not you hail from a religious or faith tradition, you are welcome here. Simply stop by or make an appointment by contacting me at 770.784.8392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.