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Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger

Executive Director

UPCaM is a Christ-centered ministry welcoming all students into an open and caring community

to connect, explore their faith and make an impact on our world.


Since 1951, UPCaM has proudly championed campus ministries for college students across greater Cleveland.  From our earliest days housed within the Salvation Army to those who knew us well as the United Christian Ministries, UPCaM has remained a progressive campus ministry proud to be a mission outreach creating Christian campus ministries uplifting social justice, peace, and a spiritual openness for all human beings clearly exemplified in the ministry of Jesus.  

Through the year's our program offerings and delivery models have changed, yet Jesus who calls us into these ventures known and unknown remains the same -- yesterday, today and tomorrow. Today, our mission and ministry as a 501c3 not-for-profit is made possible thanks to our many church partners: seven supporting denominations, many local congregations and generous friends of UPCaM.


With everything we offer, UPCaM seeks to complement and supplement students' academic experience, not distract from it.  Our aim is to be a witness for Christ's the wider church among students as they learn and grow in leadership while on campus, be they near or far from home.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This is UPCaM's 71st year! And, we remain grateful for all our trailblazers and advocates especially for our three previous Executive Directors -- for all the ways they championed this ecumenical campus ministry!  connected with students, administrators, staff, alumni and church partners. We give God thanks for each of them:  Rev. Barbara Essex (2013-2018),  Rev. Donna Hughes (2009-2013), and Rev. Kim Hauenstein (1995-2008).  

Rev. Barbara Essex

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