About Us

A BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Memorial Chapel

During the COVID-19 Pandemic our weekly programs are virtual.

L3: Power of Purpose – 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesdays, https://go.umd.edu/UCML3

L3 Worship – 6 – 7 p.m., Sundays, https://go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays

For more information, go to this website’s Home page and scroll down to view our blog which lists current L3 discussion/worship topics and special programs. ALL ARE WELCOME!

The United Campus Ministry (UCM) at the University of Maryland provides quality spiritual support and programs for young adults during critical years. Our on-campus Christian chaplaincy offers a safe environment where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to honestly question, grow and live out their faith. UCM extends a warm welcome to young people, and travels with them through all the twists, turns and detours of their spiritual journeys.

Various programs and services provided by UCM include: community service, pastoral and crisis support, Sunday dinner meetings, worship, hot topic discussions, interfaith dialogue, study related to faith and spirituality, mission trips, social events, weddings and premarital preparation, memorial services.

The UCM also has an important role on the University of Maryland campus, representing the spiritual dimension of life. Vital campus partnerships have included: The Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs; the Department of Resident Life; the Counseling Center; the Health Center; the School of Music; the Suicide Awareness Health Education Training Advisory Board; the Wellness Initiative; the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Committee; Campus Chaplaincies, Interfaith working group, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, (Interfaith/Secular Dialogue) Words of Engagement Dialogue Program.

United Campus Ministry is a 501(c) 3 organization supported by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), individuals and local churches.

United Campus Ministry is a university recognized chaplaincy under the Division of Student Affairs.

Staff, Volunteers and Board Members:

Rev. Holly Ulmer at a 9/11 Memorial service
Rev. Holly Ulmer of the UMD Memorial Chapel tells a 9/11 story to a crowd of students and faculty members at an Annual September 11th Remembrance Event at the Memorial Chapel.

Chaplain Holly Ulmer
Office hours by appointment.
ulmer@umd.edu

Originally from Long Island, New York, Holly Ulmer is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Holly received a B.A. in Music and English from Bucknell University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. As a pastor, Holly finds joy working with young adults and considers it a privilege to minister to and with students as they journey from “inherited” faith to “owned” faith during the challenging college years. She regularly teaches a one-credit Interfaith/Secular Dialogue Course that has a strong social justice component and gives young adults skills for building relationships with others who have world views very different than their own. In 2018 Holly completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. For 10 years Holly was a member of National Capital Presbytery’s Anti-Racism Task Force. Currently with colleagues she is a member of a Be the Bridge anti-racism discussion group. Holly is a member of the National Campus Ministry Association (NCMA), and created and coordinated the worship services for the 2010 annual conference. Board Certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains, Holly also served as an on-call Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring for 16 years.

Two of Holly’s favorite things are singing and playing the violin.

Rachel Koehler, Chaplain Intern for 2021-2022 Academic year

koehler@umd.edu

(Thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous donor, 2020-2021 was the first time UCM provided a Seminarian Internship. UCM is an officially approved Practice in Ministry and Mission site for Wesley Theological Seminary.)

“I am so excited to be working with you all this year. I am going into my second year at Wesley Theological Seminary and am currently seeking ordination as a deacon within the United Methodist Church. I first experienced my call to ministry in the mountains of Appalachia working for Appalachia Service Project, and I continued to explore it through various internships in DC and Indianapolis (where I went to college at Butler University – Go Dawgs!). These experiences taught me the value of interfaith relationships and allowed me to research the intersection of faith and politics. I look forward to delving into some of these subjects with you all and creating a strong community together during this unusual time of pandemic. Feel free to contact me at koehler@umd.edu or through social media. I cannot wait to connect and hear your story!”

Board of Directors

United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Jeffrey Stinehelfer, President

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

  • Judy Wenig
  • Cynthia Radden-Lesage, Treasurer
  • Frank Randall, Secretary

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • Bonnie Zager, Assistant Treasurer
  • Judith Walter, Vice President

University of Maryland, College Park

Rev. Pamela Allen, Program Director, University of Maryland Career Center and the President’s Promise

(Note: Our Chaplain is also a voting member of the Board of Directors.)

We are always looking for more volunteers! If you are interested in helping out United Campus Ministry, please fill out the following form: