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Division of Student Engagement and Success

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Rev., Dr., John E. Freeman 

Dean Of Religious Life

 Office of Religious Life & Community Outreach

Our goal is to assist you with your spiritual journey, assist you in developing a spiritual journey and encourage you to take your next step. !


Our goal is to assist you with your spiritual journey, assist you in developing a spiritual journey and encourage you to take your next step. Wilberforce University is a Christian campus that will help you take your next step through Weekly Chapel, Sunday Praise and Worship Service, Bible studies, fellowship, and assist in learning other local churches and more.

Our 7 Dimensions of Spiritual Growth are:

· Grow larger through evangelism

· Grow broader through partnership

· Grow warmer through fellowship

· Grow deeper through discipleship

· Grow stronger through campus-wide worship

· Grow wiser through prayer

· Grow as leaders through learning


Call 937 708 5611 to

Consult with a trustworthy campus minister in times of anxiety or grief.

We want to help each person take their next step toward Jesus.

Connect to a mentor who can help you grow closer to God through discipleship.

Discover your next steps: find your purpose and how you can live out God’s plan for you––on your campus and around the world.

Grow alongside others through opportunities like Bible studies and finding a local church.

Student life can be tough.


About the Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman

Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman Dean Religious Life, Community Outreach and Chaplain. He also serves as Senior Pastor of United African Methodist Episcopal Church, Xenia, Ohio and Former Dean of the Ministerial Board of Examiner’s Training for the Ohio Conference. He was recently elected as the Delegate to the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for the eighth consecutive time. In addition to his A. M. E. associations, he holds membership in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., serves as the President of the Greene County African American Ministerial Alliance (AAMA), and is the Director of Social Action for the Ohio/South Ohio Conference.

Chaplain Freeman’s ministry emphasis lies in expositional preaching and teaching of the Scriptures, development of godly female and male ministerial leaders, and the cultivation of Biblical community within the local church and community. He is the author of, “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”, a book written to share his life-changing experience.

He holds degrees from Wilberforce University (B.A.), Payne Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and United Theological Seminary (D. Min.). He and his wife Rev. Brenda have been happily married since August 1968. They have two children – Rev. Michael Freeman, Pastor, and Michelle Freeman Harris, RN along with two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

His favorite scripture is Isaiah 43:1-5, “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.


The method of worship will be of a non-denominational setting, focused on praise and worship. In addition, there will be weekly Bible Study that I will conduct and also occasionally use other trained individuals of the Protestant faith.

Campus Ministry Board

• Would you like to join the Campus Ministry Board comprised of four representatives one from each class and three interested staff persons from the University. The Board will meet monthly.

Music Ministry

· Are you a singer or musician? Would you like to join a Gospel or University Choir?

· Are you interested in Liturgical Dancing / Praise Dancing?


Grow spiritually with a companion: seek direction in prayer or discern life choices. Consult with a trustworthy campus Christian brother or sister.

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