Oxford Welcomes New Chaplain
July 02, 2009
On July 1, Oxford welcomed its new chaplain, Lyn Pace. 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, SC. 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. His specific interests while in seminary 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 of the Candler School of Theology.
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.