FOUNDATION FOR EPISCOPAL CAMPUS MINISTRY
Supporting Episcopal Campus Ministry at the
University of Arizona and Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
History of the Foundation for Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Arizona
Since 1937, the Episcopal Church has ministered to students at the University of Arizona. The first worship services were held in a chapel on East 4th Street, just south of the then campus wall. Today that building is now part of U of A’s power plant complex. Later the Episcopal Campus Ministry operated from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Speedway. (St. Paul’s was annexed by the U of A in the late 1980’s and the congregation of St. Paul’s joined with Grace Episcopal to form Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.) The current ECM, which meets in the Campus Christian Center on Park Avenue, began with Chaplain Carey Womble in 1970. During the 1970’s consistent financial support for this chaplaincy was not available. To support his family, Father Womble (who was also a medical doctor) and his wife, Janet, operated a medical clinic in South Tucson.
Experiencing the need for reliable and consistent financial support for campus ministry, Father Womble and other visionaries, notably the late English professor and then Faculty Senate president, Dr. Albert Gegenheimer, History professor Dr. Edwin Gaines, Law professor Dr. Thomas Hall, Mr. William Hoey, and the Rev. Dr. Charles Ingram (now, retired Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tucson), formed the Foundation for Campus Ministry in 1981 to provide financial compensation for the Chaplain, when not fully funded by the Diocese. The original goal was to raise half a million dollars and thanks to the generosity of Foundation supporters this goal was met and increased.
Father Womble continued to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, through the tenures of his succeeding Chaplains Michael Porteus, Allen Breckenridge, Jeffrey Reed, and James Strader, and the current Chaplain, Lucas Mix.
Today the Foundation continues to raise funds and provide a stable source of funding for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Arizona as well as other institutions of higher learning in the Tucson area.
Signing the Articles of Incorporation in 1981