Catawba welcomes new chaplain

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2022

Catawba News Service

SALISBURY — Catawba College has named Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller (Class of 2011) as the new chaplain and director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. She will provide strategic leadership and a comprehensive vision to support Catawba’s religious and spiritual life.

Joyner Miller assumes the role on Nov. 7, succeeding longtime Chaplain Dr. Kenneth Clapp, who is retiring after 33 years.

”Through a national search process, Rev. Joyner Miller emerged as the clear fit to succeed Dr. Clapp,” said President David P. Nelson in a news release. “As an alumna, she embodies Catawba’s values, and as a minister of the United Church of Christ, she deeply resonates with Catawba’s rich history in that tradition. I’m deeply grateful for her sense of calling to the work of helping students to discover their own sense of vocation. We look forward to welcoming Kendra and her family back into the Catawba community.”

Joyner Miller is an ordained clergyperson with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and has served as a moderator designate and moderator elect for the Fox Valley Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ from 2018-2020. Since 2014, she has ministered at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, first as the minister of youth and families and then as the associate minister focusing on adult education, pastoral care and community engagement.

She graduated from Catawba with a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy. She was the 2011 recipient of the Whitener Award, which recognizes a graduating student who exemplifies the values of Catawba. She also served as student government president and ran cross country. Joyner Miller has a master of divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School, where she received the Tweedy Award for Promise in Pastoral Ministry in 2014.

“Walking onto Catawba’s campus for the first time in the summer of 2006 was like coming home,” said Joyner Miller. “I am thrilled to be able to once again call Catawba home. I know Catawba, believe in Catawba, and have hopes and dreams for what Catawba will be in the future. Providing presence, care, and support are not only gifts I will bring as chaplain, they are the foundations of Catawba College.”

Joyner Miller will be relocating to Salisbury with her husband Dan, daughters Josephine and Eliza, and their black lab mix, Connie.