(Posted May 6, 2016)

Wayne Meisel, director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary.
Wayne Meisel, director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Rev. Wayne Meisel, a nationally respected expert on student-focused service and the founding president of the Bonner Foundation from 1989 to 2010, will speak at Juniata College's baccalaureate service, which starts at 6 p.m., Friday, May 13 in the main gym in Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on the Juniata campus.

The Juniata Baccalaureate is an interfaith celebration of the 2016 graduating class, featuring speeches senior officers from Campus Ministry-Related organizations, followed by a talk by Rev. Meisel. Meisel's talk will start at 6:30 p.m. In addition to Meisel's talk, the Juniata Concert Choir will perform. Two senior officers from Campus ministry organizations will speak as well: Hannah Miller, president of Hillel and a senior from Danville, Pa., and Brittany Jasper, president of Catholic Campus Ministry and a senior from Coalport, Pa.

Wayne Meisel, director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary at the University of Chicago, where he works to bring the tenets of service learning at the college level and apply them to congregational groups and in theological education settings.

He also is chaplain for Americorps and developed a national program to train clergy to reach out to young adults in full-time service programs.

In 1989, he was named president of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. The Bonner Foundation is focused on improving community ties through community service and education. Meisel launched the Campus Outreach Opportunity League, a national student service organization, and created National Youth Service Day. Time magazine named him "One of the Top 50 Leaders in the United States under 40."

He is a founding board member of Teach for America, the Princeton Human Service Commission and was appointed to serve on the Commission on National and Community Service by President George H.W. Bush.

Meisel earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 from Harvard University. He went on to earn a master of divinity degree in 1889 from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.