A New Chaplain for St. Francis House!

The Rt. Rev. Steven Miller, Bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee, and the Board of St. Francis House are pleased to announce that The Rev. Jonathan Melton has accepted the call to be Chaplain of St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center on the UW-Madison campus. In late July he and his wife and their two young children will be moving to Madison from Texas.

Jonathan has been rector of St. Christopher’s by the Sea, Portland, Texas, since October, 2009. He previously served as Assistant at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Boerne, also in the Diocese of West Texas. Jonathan is a graduate of Wheaton College, BA (2003) and of the Duke University Divinity School, M. Div. (2007). He was ordained to the priesthood on September 18, 2007. Jonathan’s interests include his family, hiking, reading, knitting, and blogging.

From Jonathan’s blog, Chasing Yoder: “I am very excited for the opportunity to work on a daily basis with university students at a uniquely formative time in their lives; I believe college ministry holds tremendous potential for the development of young, missional leaders committed to following the cross-shaped way of Jesus. My move to St Francis House comes in response to nudges of the Spirit toward campus ministry that Rebekah and I have been sensing in various ways for going on six years now. It’s an exciting, unknown step for us.”

The St. Francis House Board and staff are excited about working with Jonathan.  Weekly St. Francis House services will resume at Grace Church at 5 pm on Sunday, August 26. The meet-the-new-chaplain semester kickoff will be on Sunday, September 9. We can hardly wait!

I would like to say that I am looking forward to working closely with Jonathan in the coming year. Grace is hosting St. Francis House during the development of the property on University Ave. We already have been enriched by the presence of the students and are excited to welcome a new chaplain!