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NIU Campus Ministry Reinvented

Posted: September 12 2019 at 02:10 PM

Kaitlyn Frantz serves as the new campus minister at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

This fall, the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University (NIU) has undergone a name change and has a newly appointed campus minister.

In partnership with Northern Illinois Conference’s (NIC) growing campus ministry, the Inclusive Collective at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), NIU’s campus ministry will become the Inclusive Collective - NIU.

The leaders of the Wesley Foundation at NIU and the Inclusive Collective at UIC discerned that God's call to connectionism and partnership makes them stronger together. Bishop Sally Dyck appointed Pastor Kaitlyn Frantz
to lead this next chapter of this vital ministry at NIU.

Kaitlyn is a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from Texas. She has spent her last year interning with the Inclusive Collective at UIC and will bring her skills and experiences from that context to NIU.

The ministry celebrates the Rev. Rosa Lee's work at NIU and her dedication to students since 2015. Under Lee’s
leadership, the ministry launched Hungry Huskies, which offers a substantial and healthy meal to one hundred students on Sunday nights in an effort to create community and combat student hunger.

The Inclusive Collective - NIU will carry on the ministry of Hungry Huskies and looks forward to continuing to host
students for this “dinner party” tradition. “Building upon the success of Hungry Huskies, we will launch and experiment with several new ministries this year, including small groups, retreats, and worship,” said Frantz.

“Many of these ministries will partner with the Inclusive Collective at UIC, allowing our students to broaden their
network and experience God's movement with new friends.” Frantz says the Inclusive Collective - NIU ministry is about offering the good news of a God who likes you as you are, hearing the stories of young adults in DeKalb, and offering
spaces of rest and dialogue that can grow and stretch students through the radical work of the Holy Spirit.

“We are so excited to see what this new expression of Methodist ministry at NIU will look like!” said Frantz.

How can you get involved?
•     If you know a student or faculty/staff at NIU, reach out
to Kaitlyn (
•     If you are a student, join a community group, attend
Hungry Huskies, and/or simply have coffee with Kaitlyn!
See more at
•     Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
•     Give financially by writing a check to the Northern
Illinois Conference and put “IC at NIU” in the memo line
as well as your church’s name and mail to PO Box 5646,
Carol Stream, IL 60197-5646.

Read more from the NIU newspaper.

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