B-CU Welcomes Local Pastor as New University Chaplain
Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is pleased to announce the selection of Rev. Walter E. Monroe, Jr. as University chaplain and director of religious life.
Monroe, who is a 1993 graduate of B-CU, will join the University effective, July 1, 2010. Monroe comes to B-CU from Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach, where he served as pastor since 2005. He replaces Rev. Delano Macintosh who served as the interim chaplain in 2008-09.
“I am thrilled Rev. Monroe has accepted the position as chaplain for this institution,” noted B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to bring on such a great leader in our community and one who is so familiar with our campus family and The United Methodist Church. We are pleased to have him here as a teacher, resource, and spiritual guide for our students, faculty and staff.”
The primary function of University chaplain/director of religious life is to respond to the spiritual needs of students through a ministry of care and compassion. This position directs and coordinates chaplain ministries designed to develop the spiritual lives of B-CU students, faculty, and staff; to witness to the Christian faith; and to build and improve relationships between B-CU and The United Methodist Church, particularly the Florida Annual Conference.
Monroe is well-known on campus for his participation in a variety of University-sponsored religious events and programs and for serving as adjunct professor.
“I am very pleased that the institution has given me a vote of confidence to select me as their spiritual leader,” said Rev. Monroe. “I will begin by spending time listening to what the needs are on campus. Although I have a plan, I also want to hear where people are and help shape the spiritual formation of the students, faculty and staff.” Prior to his arrival in Daytona Beach, Monroe served as the director of the Wesley Foundation at UF, which began his path in religious life at the university level.
“I had a passion for higher education prior to my coming here and I see this new opportunity as a continuation of that,” he said. “I look forward to helping students who arrive at the university by providing them with some stability and bridging their past with this institution of higher learning through the theme 'Building Bridges for Christ, Campus and Community.”
Reared in Palatka, Fla., Monroe is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and has served churches in Lake City, Melbourne, Orlando, Taft and Gainesville as well as areas of Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in religion and philosophy from B-CU, a Bachelor of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from United Theological Seminary and Jameson Christian College. He and his wife Paulette Taylor Monroe have three adult children and five grandchildren.
About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.