Rev. Marty CashBurless Named University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at McMurry University

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, June 16, 2017 1:01 PM
  Archives 2016 - 2017

Abilene, TX

Marty CashBurlessRev. Marty CashBurless, a 1978 McMurry University alumna and current University Chaplain at the University of Mount Union in Ohio, has been appointed as University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at McMurry University beginning August 1, the school announced today. She will be the first woman to serve as a chaplain at McMurry.

Rev. CashBurless will be responsible for spiritual growth and community development for the entire campus community; provide professional pastoral care and counseling for students, faculty and staff; oversee comprehensive religious life programming on campus in coordination with faculty, staff and student leaders; and help develop domestic and international mission opportunities and partnerships.

"Rev. CashBurless impressed us as an exemplar of servant leadership. Her appointment will help McMurry achieve our Centennial Vision for religious life, which is that God's grace and a life of service are foundational to all persons,” said McMurry University President Dr. Sandra Harper.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and to serve in a community that was so important to my spiritual formation and development in ministry,” said Rev. CashBurless.

Rev. Felicia Hopkins, senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, was excited to hear of the new appointment.

"I am so very happy for McMurry University as they begin a new season of Campus Ministry with the addition of the Rev. Marty CashBurless. Marty is a seasoned, caring, innovative, fire ball who will engage with students and staff and take the entire campus in ministry to a whole new level in Christ. Let us welcome and support her with open arms."  

Rev. CashBurless has served as the University Chaplain at Mount Union since 1991. In addition to pastoral care for the university community, she took a lead role in developing campus organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kappa Phi National Christian Women’s Club and Campus Crusade for Christ and directing community service and service learning. With a grant from the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, she helped establish the Mount Union Volunteer Network (MUVN), a student-led community service clearing house for student organizations as well as individuals on campus. Rev. CashBurless has been instrumental in leading or organizing both national and international mission trips for spring break and other academic breaks.

Prior to joining the University of Mount Union, Rev. CashBurless served as a pastor at several churches in the North Arkansas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and as associate council of ministries director for the Little Rock Annual Conference.

Rev. CashBurless received a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1984.  An elder in the Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, she has served as president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains and as a member of the International Association of Women Ministers. She received the 2008 Jane Weston Chapman Award for “efforts to disseminate women’s history, address women’s issues and generally enhance the climate for women's participation in any and all areas of Mount Union community life” and the 2014 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for “exemplifying the principles and values of Dr. King.”

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