Dollarhite takes over at CCM
“... in college ministry you get a whole new congregation almost yearly or every two to four years, so you can constantly change what you’re doing and get a whole new set of students who come in and have different ideas and they want to change it and move it.”
CAMERON CAMPUS MINISTRY DIRECTOR
While he attended Cameron University in the early 2000s, Brandon Dollarhite served as an intern at Cameron Campus Ministry. Now more than a decade later, he has returned as the organization's campus minister.
"I've always wanted to do campus ministry," Dollarhite said. "It's been wonderful so far being around the students and their energy and willingness to step out of the box and try new things for worship and events."
Dollarhite received his bachelor degree in music education from Cameron in 2002 and then went on to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where he received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. He recently served as pastor at Hobart First United Methodist Church. Dollarhite began his position at Cameron Campus Ministry on June 1 and started reaching out to students right away.
"I had two interns this summer, and we decided to do worship for the first time in the summer; we had never had summer worship," Dollarhite said. "Even though it was the summer, we saw 30 new faces; it was encouraging."
The ministry had its first night of worship for the school year on Tuesday, and Dollarhite said most of the crowd was new to the service. But one of his goals for the semester is to reach out to students on campus beyond the confines of the ministry's building.
"I want to be where they are and in their setting instead of just expecting them to all come over here," Dollarhite said. "And to have conversations where they are so they get to know me or us as a campus ministry outside of here. That way it's not just about this place, but we are part of everything they do."
Cameron Campus Ministry has worship every Tuesday night and free lunch on Thursday along with a fun event that night. One of the aspects of college ministry Dollarhite enjoys is the free flow of ideas for events to engage students, along with the opportunity to try out new worship and ministry techniques.
"It's very unique because you get so used to in the church setting of having to be a certain way," Dollarhite said. "A lot of churches tend to be very traditional each church is different but each church has its own traditions. But in college ministry you get a whole new congregation almost yearly or every two to four years, so you can constantly change what you're doing and get a whole new set of students who come in and have different ideas and they want to change it and move it.