Christian Ministries Staff
Dr. Justin Carswell - Dean of Christian Ministries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (417) 690-3447.
Andrew Bolger - Campus Minister
Andrew Bolger is the Campus Minister at College of the Ozarks. Andrew recently returned to the Ozarks after working on his B.A. at John Brown University and then finishing his M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. Recently married, Andrew and his wife, Connie, enjoy spending their time outside whether that’s running, working in their yard, or hiking. Andrew’s responsibilities at College of the Ozarks include: helping lead worship in the Chapel, teaching in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department, leading mission trips, and doing discipleship and mentoring with men on campus. If you are interested in contacting Andrew, please email him at email@example.com or by phone (417) 690-2334.
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 Masters 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 of Worship Studies. Please contact Jennifer at Freeman@cofo.edu 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 help 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 email@example.com 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 fulfilment 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 690-2296.