Capital University Selects the Rev. Andrew Tucker as University Pastor | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Capital University Selects the Rev. Andrew Tucker as University Pastor

      Drew Tucker Following a national search, Capital University, in cooperation with the Southern Ohio Synod Bishop’s office, has identified the Rev. Andrew Tucker as its recommended choice for university pastor, and he accepted. The Southern Ohio Synod Council will receive this recommendation and vote on his call to the position at its next meeting on Dec. 2. In the meantime, with the knowledge of the synod, Pastor Tucker will join Capital University community prior to this on Nov. 27.

      “Andrew’s experience dovetails perfectly with Capital’s mission and commitment to prepare students to be inclusive, spiritually alive and engaged forces of good in the world,” said Provost and Vice President for Learning Jody Fournier, Ph.D. “With experience in campus ministry, youth ministry and higher education, he shares our responsibility to inspire individuals to live their purpose as it evolves through life and work, and the need to foster a university climate built upon a holistic spiritual life.”

      As university pastor, Tucker will report to the Office of the Provost and join the University Senior Leadership Team, composed of all core University leaders, in supporting and leading conversation about our University mission, vision, values and goals.

      He will provide pastoral support to students during times of life transition, crisis and worship coordination. In collaboration with the dean of students and the faculty, he will develop and facilitate opportunities in various settings to nurture students’ learning, dialogue, worship and meditation, and exploration of their religious and spiritual expression. He will help to foster a community of wholeness and purpose-discernment, along with interfaith and intercultural strength.

      Tucker has worked on college campuses in student affairs and in the classroom as an adjunct professor. Currently, he is the lead pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Radford, Virginia; curriculum contributor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also for Generation Now Disciples; and a contributing author for Augsburg Fortress.

      His commitment to diversity and inclusion of all backgrounds, experiences, preferences, identities, abilities and spiritual practices shows his appreciation of and respect for each individual’s inherent value, contributions, strengths and limitations.

      “At Capital, I will promote a holistic spirituality that values embodied faith practices,” he said. In his previous role as a campus pastor and mission redeveloper, Tucker created a yoga program, Self-Care Sundays, and other events that promote community wellness. He has also created shared pastoral care experiences alongside survivors of sexual assault, and students grieving the deaths of parents and other loved ones.

      An Ohio native, Tucker said Capital’s mission resonates deeply with his personal mission to “support others as they discern, develop and enact their identity.”

      “I care deeply about the growth of people in God’s image,” he said. “Such development will come through dialogue with others, celebration and stewardship of our God-given resources, and, ultimately, through the embrace of our vocational identities in service to our local and global communities.”

      Tucker is passionate about curating dynamic worship in various settings, including writing liturgies and worship music, as well as his continued academic research focusing on contemporary practices of liturgy, especially postmodern preaching.

      His experience in higher education includes adjunct lecturer of religion at New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia; adjunct instructor of religion at Lenoir-Rhyne University, an ELCA school in Hickory, North Carolina; Lutheran campus minister at Duke University; and religious worker associate at University of South Carolina.

      He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy, with a minor in ethics, from Ashland University; a Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School; and a Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

      Tucker has written several articles and book reviews for the journal “Currents in Theology and Mission.”