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University Ministries: Building Relationships

Cadres, Small Groups, and Mentoring

Building relationships is one of our highest goals in University Ministries. You belong in this place. You discover that when we worship together.  You also discover it as you meet with smaller groups of people.

In a cadre, you get to get to know students, professors, and staff outside of class. You talk about how your major or another topic of interest intersects with your faith. Make connections, ask questions, belong. Cadres are led by a staff or faculty member inviting students to explore deeper a common interest. (See below for a list of the Cadres.) 

In a small group, you can connect with a group of other students or staff to help each other grow spiritually.Walk through a season of life together, encourage each other in faith and life decisions, have conversations that matter, and have fun. Most small groups are hosted by students for students. Some are hosted by faculty and staff.

If you want to be in a small group with students, check out the SMC ministry or the Sharpen ministry. If you are interested in a small group with faculty or staff, contact to see if any are open.

Sound interesting? Contact the Office of University Ministries (email).


Current Cadres:






Nurses Christian Fellowship SPU's chapter of the Nurses Christian Fellowship.  The purpose is to engage the Good News of Jesus Christ to bring God's love and healing to nursing and healthcare. 

Carol McFarland, Advisor

First meetings will be October 23 & November 13 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Contact Advisor for future dates

Marston 337

Veteran & Military Support Cadre A place for community and Christian fellowship for SPU students who are veterans, in ROTC, or affiliated with the military. Please join us in discussions around issues specific to military and post-military life. Including but not limited to issues of health and well-being, relationships, and finances.  Facilitated by faculty and staff at SPU who are veterans. 

Advisor: Margaret Brown,

Advisor: Russ Killingsworth

Advisor: Jim Rand


Monthly meeting times vary

contact Margaret Brown to join in


Calling All Seniors

Make your last year of college matter!  This cadre will help you deepen the meaning of your SPU education and experience and explore your "calling" beyond graduation. Seniors will participate in a vocational retreat, explore personal goals and projects, partner with vocational mentors, and discern post-graduation opportunities. Seniors of every major and faith background are welcome. 

Advisor: Carla Orlando, Vocational Discernment Counselor, Center for Career & Calling

Thursdays @

12:00-12:45 pm

Location: Peterson Hall

Conference Room

(2nd Floor, Suite 200)

*By the Center for Professional Education


The Orthodox Christian

Fellowship Cadre

What can today's Christian learn about vocation from the Eastern Church? The Orthodox Christian Fellowship cadre will be a place for young adults to find community and friendship in their spiritual lives, to learn more about the traditions and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and provide outreach to our local Seattle community.  The cadre is open to all students who identify as Orthodox Christians or are interested in learning about this Christian tradition. 

Advisor:Stamatis Vokos

Student Advisor: Ranae Wright

Kingswood House

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

6:30-8:30 PM

SPU Catholic Cadre

Please join us weekly to learn more about Catholic Christianity through friendship, study, discussion and prayer, and monthly to celebrate Mass.  Both Catholics and non-Catholics are most welcome!

Advisor:Patrick McDonald

Student Advisor: Megan Simms

Cadre meets in Weter Lounge on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30 PM

Once a month Mass will be held at First Free Methodist Church in lieu of cadre.  The dates of mass are 10/24, 11/14, 12/5, 1/16, 2/13, 3/6, 4/10, 5/15 & 6/5 (also at 11:30-12:30 PM)


Faculty or staff interested in starting a cadre- please fill out the cadre proposal form (PDF).