Terrence J. King Appointed to Lead Campus-Wide Pastoral Care as Cornerstone’s New Campus Pastor
With a track record of faithfully serving more than 21 years in pastoral ministry, 25 years in higher education and 30 years as a disciple of Jesus Christ, alumnus Terrence J. King (M.A. ’18) will lead pastoral care for all students, staff and faculty as the new campus pastor of Cornerstone University. His appointment became effective June 1.
“Cornerstone’s campus pastor helps to build and nurture a vibrant spiritual life for our university community through ministering to and partnering with students, faculty and staff in various capacities and opportunities,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, president of Cornerstone. “Terrence’s new position allows him to focus on his greatest passion—providing pastoral care to Cornerstone University, a community that he deeply loves and appreciates.”
As campus pastor, King—known as “Pastor T”—will foster a flourishing and vibrant spiritual life for a diverse student body and its employees centered on the preeminence of Jesus Christ. With career experience in nonprofit leadership, urban ministry and missions, he will provide one-on-one pastoral counseling and coaching services, serve athletics staff in chaplaincy activities, and participate in the university’s on-campus response team.
In his new role, the focus of his work will expand pastoral care and mentorship for both undergraduate and graduate students—whether on-site or online—and university employees. Through dedicated in-person or virtual meetings, he’ll shepherd students with Biblically based, individualized guidance as they grow in their love of Jesus Christ at CU. In addition, he will assist in nurturing relationships between the university and churches and partnering with the university’s Pastors-in-Residence program.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to serve God’s kingdom and to continue the mission of Cornerstone University through serving in a different role as campus pastor,” King said. “Here, students are being equipped to do the work that God has called them to do for the glory of God. My role as campus pastor is to come alongside that work and help facilitate a seamless approach between the academy and spiritual growth. I—along with CU faculty and staff—endeavor to lead students to a transformational encounter with Christ which can occur and is available at any given time.”
A graduate of Cornerstone Theological Seminary, King earned a master’s degree in ministry leadership in 2018. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in math from Western Michigan University. He has multiple certifications in leadership training and is also certified as a cultural intelligence facilitator.
King’s passion for ministering to university students began with his research on the generations—specifically millennials—that he started over six years ago. The research led to an international trip during which he taught Malawian millennials leadership skills in the context of Scripture, and the experience reignited King’s desire to continue this work with college-aged and young adults.
To learn more about Cornerstone’s Christ-centered learning community and its theologically grounded, Biblically guided approach to spiritual formation, request information online or call the Admissions Office at 616.949.5300 to speak with an enrollment counselor.