At a recent meeting in Halifax it was obvious to me that Atlantic Lutheran Campus Ministry is alive and well. When you meet the chaplain, Clem Mehlman, you immediately see the care and concern that he has for young adults on campus. He treats his community like a family. Above his desk on the wall is a family tree of students over the years who have been impacted by this ministry. He nurtures that tree well beyond the parameters of Dalhousie University. Among the other chaplains in the office he is known as the ‘Papa Smurf’ of student ministry in that context.
Atlantic Lutheran Ministry operates under the Committee for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. A local council which meets in Halifax sets and administers the goals and procedures of Atlantic Lutheran Ministry. The chair of the local council is Rev. Kimber McNabb, the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Halifax. The other members of this council are Marguerite Joudrey, Joyce Norwood, and Virve Sandstrom.
Clem Mehlman, who has an office on the Dalhousie Campus in the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre at 1321 Edward Street, is a member of an interfaith and ecumenical team of thirteen chaplains. These chaplains works on campus with a wide range of campus students, staff, and faculty. The Lutheran chaplain also works closely with the Justice and Action Student or Students.
If you, or someone you know, is going to attend Dalhousie University this Fall please contact Lutheran Students Atlantic: http://www.lutheranstudentsatlantic.com/ You will not be disappointed with this community of faith.