WAU Combines Student Life & Ministry While Enriching Sligo Church Partnership

Written by: Richard Castillo

High perspective looking down Flower Ave at Sligo Church and WAU beyond.[Takoma Park, MD, May 21, 2019] Washington Adventist University is moving towards a new business model that prioritizes student success. As part of this updated model, the university will be reforming the structure of the separate departments of Student Life and Ministry into one coalesced department called, “The Center for Student Life.” With this restructuring, the university is looking to strengthen its partnership with its campus church, Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Sligo Church has been an institution of strength for almost a century. Under the current leadership of Senior Pastor Dr. Charles Tapp, the church has continued to flourish and develop into a modern spiritual, and recently technological home for families and individuals throughout the DC region. Sligo Church has a diversity of race, thought, and practice within its walls that lends itself to leadership in the community with which WAU is proud to partner. Expanding and strengthening the partnership, in this new reality, is essential to the ministry structure at WAU, and allows greater attention to the hearts and minds of its students.


“My team and I are in total agreement in returning to a format that creates an intentional culture of ministry between the WAU and Sligo communities,” says Senior Pastor Dr. Charles Tapp, “I am of the opinion that with God’s help, we can develop something that can serve not only our campus but the wider community.”


“We’re living in an unprecedented new reality. The need for the enriching of our relationship with Sligo Church has never been so relevant,” says President Weymouth Spence, “We are dedicated to strengthening the bonds between these important institutions that share this hallowed ground.”


Discussions are ongoing as Sligo Church, and WAU deal with the challenges of COVID-19 and look toward a time when all congregants can return and worship in person. WAU is planning to open for in-person classes for the Fall of 2020 and will be looking closely at how praise and worship can be accomplished with a mindset of health, safety, and a compelling relevance for its students and constituents.


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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.


Media Contact: Richard Castillo, 405-802-5661, rcastillo@wau.edu

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