Apply to Be a Peer Minister
Creating a Culture of Encounter
Are you interested in living out the Gospel message to love and serve your neighbor by doing outreach to the undergraduate student body? Peer Ministers are a group of students within Campus Ministry committed to this Gospel call. Peer Ministers offer welcoming, guidance, compassion, and faith-filled support for their peers. They also offer a safe place for the soul to question, ponder, explore, grow, and develop in faith.
Peer Ministers invite students to opportunities for spiritual development and faith awareness through prayer, faith sharing, and faith-related programs and activities. Peer Ministers help build a hospitable community, and Peer Ministers help create a culture of encounter at St. Thomas.
How to Apply
Applications to become a Peer Minister are available each year in the spring.
Peer Minister Qualifications
Peer Ministers work 8-10 hours a week during the regular academic year (excluding school breaks). Qualifications for the Peer Minister position include:
- Commitment to deepening your personal relationship with God
- Motivation to serve your peers out of heartfelt compassion and concern for God's people
- A willingness to respectfully engage with all students -- regardless of their faith tradition
- Strive to be a positive role-model and witness to a life of faith on and off campus
- Desire to grow in faith and/or discern a call to ministry
- Experience working in youth ministry or leadership position is helpful but not required
Thoughts from Past Peer Ministers
"My fondest memories as a Peer Minister came from the relationships I built working alongside those who have a similar passion for ministry work."
—Liam Skulley, 2017-2018 - 2019-2020
"The highlight of my year as a peer minister was talking to people about their faith life. It is so interesting to see the different ways people live out their faith life in college. It is also quite fulfilling to help people figure out how they want to live their faith life in college.
—Vanesa Montes de oca Correa, 2020-2021
"Peer Ministry opened up so many doors to spiritual growth, relationships, and community building. I am most grateful for the conversations that took place over dinner, coffee, running, and playing video games. I am in awe of the complexities of each human person and their unique relationships with Christ. This year as a peer minister and the relationships I cultivated with the team, peers, staff, and Jesus Christ will go down as the most transformative."
—Zach Haire, 2021-2022
"Being a peer minister has been the most fruitful, joy-filled "job" that I have had the privilege to be a member of. There are SO many beautiful memories that float around in my mind and are a blessing to reflect on. I have been able to meet and encounter so many wonderful people. I have gained some of the most amazing, genuine, and valuable friendships in my life. I would not have been able to experience this if it were not for the glorious golden thread of communion that I have encountered through the Christian community that the Lord has blessed us with here at UST."
—Laila Franklin, 2021-2022-2022-2023
If you have any questions about the position, please connect with members of the current Peer Ministry team. You may also contact Sarah Chamseddine or stop by the Iversen Center for Faith.