George Fox selects a new spiritual leader
Azuza Pacific's Jamie Noling-Auth will replace Sarah Baldwin as campus pastor and dean of spiritual life
Considering she rose to the top of a pool of 130 candidates, George Fox University feels strongly that new university pastor and dean of spiritual life Jamie Noling-Auth is the cream of the crop.
Noling-Auth has spent the past 15 years of her career in student ministries, including the past nine as associate campus pastor and director for discipleship studies at Azuza Pacific University.
She replaces Sarah Thomas Baldwin, who left after nine years to become director of student development at her alma mater, Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.
(Noling-Auth) brings a wealth of experience and a genuine heart for the spiritual well-being and formation of our students, vice president for student life Brad Lau said. Her deep love for the Lord and for students is evident, and we look forward to her work as part of the George Fox community.
At Azusa, Noling-Auth provided administrative, spiritual and budgetary leadership. In addition, she spent the past four years teaching Christian ministries and New Testament courses on an adjunct basis at the university.
After graduating with a bachelors degree in communication from Pepperdine University (1999), Noling-Auth served as a senior admissions counselor at Westmont College (1999-2002) and director of student ministries at Gordon College (2003-05) and (1999-2002). She earned a masters degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2003) and holds a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007).
In addition to her work at Azusa, Noling-Auth has served on the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Spiritual Life Commission.
As deep as her resume is, what impressed the George Fox hiring committee was her presence during interviews.
She really exhibited a deep love for God and a deep love for students and a passion to really journey with them during their time at Fox, Lau said. That came through loud and clear.
In addition to her duties as pastor, which include overseeing the university chapel program, Noling-Auth will also lead the pastoral counseling team and oversee a department that includes intercultural programs and student outreach, including service opportunities.
I have loved the things George Fox is trying to do with their students, Noling-Auth said. The more that I read about some of the things theyre currently doing, like the Be Known promise, the more that I just fell in love with the place. The opportunity to be the university pastor here and to be a part of how students are growing spiritually and encourage them while theyre students here seemed really exciting to me.
With such a wide field of candidates, George Fox turned to technology to ensure that all were fairly honored in the process. That meant doing a round of interviews via Skype, which narrowed the field from 10 down to the four who visited campus to interview in person.
I think it was helpful, Lau said. We had a set list of questions we worked through and then it gives them an opportunity to ask us questions as well because theyre assessing fit, as we are.