Program Pre-Ministry


Wofford College has been preparing students for careers in Christian ministry since it opened its doors in 1854. As the culture and the church have changed over the years, the look of ministry has changed as well. The college prepares students for lay or ordained ministry in a global church through the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI), a pre-ministerial mentoring and spiritual direction program. Students engage in a guided discernment process that includes theological exploration, leadership and service opportunities. ELI is open to students across Christian denominations, traditions and backgrounds.

Palmer Cantler ’15

Meet Palmer Cantler ’15

The Rev. Palmer Cantler ’15 is an associate minister at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. At Wofford, she served on the Church-College Council and was the youth coordinator at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. She also participated in an archaeological dig to Israel. Cantler went to Duke Divinity School on a full scholarship.

Wofford religious and spiritual organizations:

Baptist Collegiate Ministry (Southern Baptist) 
Buddhist Center, Spartanburg
Campus Outreach
Canterbury Club (Episcopal)
Hillel (Jewish)
Hindu Society of Spartanburg
Interfaith Youth Core
Muslim Student Association
Newman Club (Roman Catholic)
Reformed University Fellowship
The Connection
U-Kirk Spartanburg (Presbyterian)
Wesley Fellowship (Methodist)