Christian Ministries Staff

Dr. Justin Carswell - Vice President of Christian Ministries and Dean of the Chapel

Justin Carswell has served as the Dean of Christian Ministries at the college since 2010. Before that, he taught on the faculty in the Philosophy/Religion department as an Assistant Professor. Justin earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated college from Baylor University. He and his wife, Mandy, have five children who keep him busy with the joys and wonders of being a kid. Justin’s responsibilities as the Dean include leading worship in the Chapel, teaching in the Biblical and Theological Studies department, and helping the college fulfill its mission to develop citizens of Christ-like character. He can be reached by email at or by phone at (417) 690-3447.

Dr. Jennifer Freeman - Director of Christian Formation

As the Director of Christian Formation, Jennifer Freeman has the pleasure of working with students as they grow in a healthy relationship with Christ, others and themselves.  She helps plan retreats such as Camp Koinonia, the CALL Leadership Retreat and Women’s retreat.  She partners with the Campus Minister in discipling and mentoring students both through bible studies and personal relationships.  She also loves teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Biblical and Theological Studies department.  Jennifer received her Master's degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena California and is currently working toward a Doctorate in Worship Studied from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.  Please contact Jennifer at or (417) 690-3456.

Pat McLean - Counselor

Pat McLean directs the Student Counseling Center. She is going on her ninth year at CofO. She's a John Brown University alum, a licensed counselor, licensed relationship therapist, and serves in ministries designed to promote healthy growth personally, relationally and professionally. She and her husband, Derek, enjoy ministry work together.  If you would like to contact Pat, please contact her or (417) 690-3441.

Lynn Shaw - Community Service Coordinator

Lynn Shaw is the Community Service Coordinator for Christian Ministries. She guides a team of Student Leaders and helps them organize and plan Camp Lookout.  She also hires a group of over 40 students who serve as counselors and support staff during Camp Lookout.  In addition, she takes care of administrative responsibilities for the Christian Ministries Department, schedules weddings for Williams Memorial Chapel, supervises Student Leaders, and organizes a variety of events on campus like Operation Christmas Child. In their spare time, Lynn and husband Bruce enjoy restoring their 85-year-old home and playing outdoors with their grandchildren. If you would like to contact Lynn, please contact her at or (417)690-3385.

Sheri Nelson - Counselor

Sheri Nelson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with the Student Counseling Center.  Sheri, along with the other SCC staff, assess needs and meet with students for personal counseling.  Students come to the Center with a myriad of reasons including relationship coaching, premarital counseling, grief counseling, family issues, stress management, Personality Profile testing /coaching as well as many other issues affecting emotional, mental, and spiritual health.  Workshops and presentations on these topics are also provided. Sheri has a passion to help individuals identify and work through blocks to experiencing fulfillment in their relationship with God and with others.  In her spare time, Sheri loves travel, hiking, dancing, reading and cheering her nephew’s basketball team to victory.  You can reach Sheri Nelson at or (417) 690-2296.

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