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New associate chaplain joins campus ministries

Dilys Brooks, MA, MS, MDiv
Dilys Brooks, MA, MS, MDiv
Dilys Brooks, MA, MS, MDiv, has recently joined campus ministries as associate chaplain.

“Ms. Brooks brings a combination of rare talents and experiences to her new role as our associate campus chaplain,” says Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life & wholeness, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.

A graduate of City University of New York, Pastor Brooks went on to earn a master of science in education from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and a master of arts in supervision and administration from Bank Street College, New York, New York. She is a recent graduate from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a master of divinity degree. Pastor Brooks worked as a teacher of 11 years in both Christian and public schools.

She has been married for the past eight years to Pastor Delroy Brooks, MA, the new youth and young adult pastor at the Valley Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rialto. Together they have worked as facilitators for youth and young adult retreats and seminars across North America.

An ordained elder, Dilys Brooks has served as an intern pastor at New Life Church at Andrews University, responsible for coordinating pastoral care, as well as praise and worship. She currently serves as executive director for the newly formed Center for Women Clergy at Andrews University, whose goal is to build community and resources for Adventist women clergy.

Prior to answering the call to pastoral ministry, Pastor Brooks functioned as women’s ministry leader, associate family life coordinator, and Sabbath School teacher at the Linden Church in Queens, New York.

“As the newest member of the campus ministries team I am actually learning about the needs of the campus while working with Chaplain Terry Swenson in planning and coordinating the weekly chapel programs,” she says.

Terry Swenson, MDiv, campus chaplain for Loma Linda University, is excited to have Ms. Brooks join the chaplain team.

“Dilys has arrived and hit the ground running,” he says. “Faculty, staff, and students already feel as if she’s been here for a long time. Her personality, warmth, and love for Jesus is infectious. Dilys’ musical capabilities and professional touch are working their magic on our chapel program. Chaplain Brooks also brings with her pastoral gifts that are and will bless our campus as campus ministries works to touch the lives of this University.”

Ms. Brooks has two goals. One is to create a spiritual oasis in the middle of the week for students and faculty who attend the chapel program.

“We are also working on creating a prayer ministry for the campus, which will be incorporated with the chapel program and specific locations on the campus,” she adds.

Another goal is to work with residence hall deans to provide ministry for the residents that will address their spiritual needs.

This will be in the form of mens and womens ministries as well as retreats and workshops.

“We are delighted to have Dilys join our campus ministry team,” says Dr. Winslow.

“Her organizational  and musical gifts, combined with genuine love for ministry, promise to bring rich blessings to our campus.”

TODAY news for Thursday, December 1, 2005