New Chaplain Chosen
June 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University has appointed the Rev. Elyse Nelson
Winger as the new University chaplain. She will begin her duties Aug. 1.
“The IWU community will be well served by Chaplain Nelson Winger’s strong background
and experience, as well as her proven commitment to diversity and social justice,”
said Kathy Cavins-Tull, IWU vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
According to Cavins, the Rev. Nelson Winger’s service and work in Africa and the Middle
East aligns strongly with Illinois Wesleyan’s mission toward inspiring global connectivity.
The Rev. Nelson Winger has worked as an interim director of the Joint Relief Ministry’s
English program for refugees and displaced persons from Sudan and the Horn of Africa.
She has participated in interfaith and ecumenical ministerial associations for education,
fellowship and community development, and led a task force to advocate for peace and
justice initiatives in the Middle East. Locally, the Rev. Nelson Winger has been
active in the Advocate BroMenn Delegate Church Association and as a member of the
governing board of the Community Cancer Center.
The Rev. Nelson Winger earned a bachelor’s degree in religion at Wellesley College
in Massachusetts and a master’s degree of divinity at the Divinity School of the University
of Chicago. After graduation, she served as pastoral intern at St. Andrew’s United
Church of Cairo, Egypt, and as associate pastor for youth and family at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, Dearborn, Mich., before accepting a position in 2007 as associate pastor for
worship arts and mission at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960