Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OU taps minister as chaplain

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 8/20/2014

The director of Ottawa University’s Fredrikson Center for Church and Faith Vitality has expanded his role at the university.

John Holzhuter, who has worked full-time since 2009 guiding the Fredrikson Center on the OU campus, has been named the university’s new chaplain, Terry Haines, university provost, said in a written statement.

The director of Ottawa University’s Fredrikson Center for Church and Faith Vitality has expanded his role at the university.

John Holzhuter, who has worked full-time since 2009 guiding the Fredrikson Center on the OU campus, has been named the university’s new chaplain, Terry Haines, university provost, said in a written statement.

“John is a genuine and gifted minister, and through his ministry with Ottawa University, has consistently demonstrated his love for Ottawa, its students, faculty and staff,” Haines said in his statement.

Holzhuter’s new role will expand his present responsibilities and provide opportunity for him to minister to both the university’s adult campuses and its traditional college, Haines said, as well as continue his ministry to students, staff and faculty at the college and the university’s surrounding communities.

Holzhuter succeeds the Rev. Bud McCluney, who has resigned, according to university officials.

Holzhuter also will lead a new initiative to incorporate volunteer chaplains on the university’s various adult campuses as an extension of his ministry with the Fredrikson Center on the OU campus, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, Haines said.

“John is a seasoned educator and long-time advocate for the needs of students, veterans and disadvantaged youth,” Haines said.

Holzhuter has taught at the University of Kansas and Washburn University. He earned a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Divinity at Trinity University in the United Kingdom, Haines said, as well as a second doctorate in clinical psychology from Trinity in 1999. Holzhuter is an ordained minister and has taught in the fields of philosophy, psychology and adult education, according to the university.

Haines also announced Rick Clock would be joining the staff this fall as the director of campus ministry on the OU campus. Clock is a long-time campus minister who has worked with college-age students from around the world as the campus minister at the University of Kansas for more than 30 years and as an active community leader, Haines said.

As director of campus ministry, Clock will be responsible for campus ministry programs on the OU campus, as well as advising and counseling ministry-related students, Haines said.

Clock’s position currently is part-time, according to university officials.

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