The Christian Leadership Center
Founded in 2004 under the leadership of Sister Thomas Welder, our fifth president, the Christian Leadership Center of the University of Mary supports a key piece of the University’s mission and identity by fostering authentic ecumenical dialogue and developing Christian leadership in young adults, working professionals, and religious leaders.
We are living in a time of great social upheaval, in which the united witness of believers in Christ is more important than ever. The crucial work of the Christian Leadership Center helps students, clergy and professionals meet our profound cultural challenges and opportunities by developing their leadership abilities and helping them collaborate across denominational lines. This advances the values and ideals that Protestants, Catholics, and others of good will have used to promote peace and the common good.
The Center’s work focuses on three specific areas:
The University of Mary, through the Christian Leadership Center, is emerging as the Christian intellectual center of the upper Midwest, inspiring and strengthening clergy and church personnel from our region in their faith and serving them in their personal and professional development. For example, we sponsor continuing education events with world-class scholars and theologians so that participants might sharpen their teaching, preaching, and service to the poor.
2. Working professionals:
The Center sponsors speakers and hosts conferences designed to help working professionals live lives of fidelity and faith in the workplace, particularly in the areas of business, education, and healthcare.
The Center, through its presence and its work, inspires and challenges our own students at the University of Mary to be champions of faithful Christian witness through speakers, conferences, and ongoing small-group experiences. We also serve the wider Bismarck-Mandan region by hosting and facilitating larger community youth initiative sand working with schools in service to the Gospel.
At this moment in history, when so much is at stake, the Christian Leadership Center of the University of Mary steps forward to bring believers together for prayer and growth which deepens unity among the disciples of Jesus and gives witness to the saving truth of His promises.
May His name be praised!
Amber Crites, Team Director
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B.S. in Exercise Science, University of Mary
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B.S. in Catholic Studies, University of Mary
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
B.S. in Secondary Family and Consumer Science Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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B.S. in Secondary Math Education, Winona State University
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B.A. in Journalism, South Dakota State University