Emory Report
August 3, 2009
Volume 61, Number 36


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August 3, 2009
New chaplain joins Oxford

By Cathy Wooten

Oxford College recently welcomed a new chaplain to campus. Rev. Lyn Pace ’02T was named to the role following an extensive search; he began his duties on July 1. He succeeds Rev. Judy Shema, who served Oxford for six years and was its first woman chaplain. Shema left Oxford this past February to assume the pastorate of a Methodist church in Lubbock, Texas.

“Lyn brings a passion for working with students and a commitment to service,“ says Oxford Dean Stephen Bowen. “We are pleased to welcome him to Oxford, where service, leadership and interfaith community are so much a part of the experience. He will be instrumental in our strengthening that tradition and exploring new ways to make their time at Oxford even more spiritually meaningful for students.”

Prior to coming to Oxford, Pace was the associate chaplain, director of service learning, and director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in religion and history from Wofford in 1999 and received the master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in 2002. A lifelong United Methodist, Pace was ordained an elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2005.

“Being a Candler graduate, I feel that this return to the Emory community is a personal homecoming,” says Pace. He and wife Ami Hernandez reside in the city of Oxford.