American University Methodist Protestant Community

Love God.

Serve others.

Welcome all.

Sunday Evening Worship at 7pm

Thursday Night Worship at 11pm


Join us in worship on Sunday at 7pm or Thursday at 11pm in Kay Chapel! All are welcome!

Listen to our latest sermons and student meditations. on our podcast. Read our older sermons and find community statements, bulletin covers, and the UMSA cookbook on our media archives

You can sign up to help lead worship on Sundays or Thursdays during worship on Sunday, or on the bulletin board outside the office. 

Sunday Worship:

Our Sunday worship services are traditional United Methodist services and you’ll find that there is an open, informal atmosphere in which students are involved in all aspects of worship.

We gather for worship in order to center ourselves, to be in closer communion with God, and to hear a message from the chaplain. Our services also include hymn singing, scripture reading, a time for sharing of our joys and concerns, prayer, and music.

Thursday Healing Service:

“Healing” in its Christian context means helping people toward spiritual wholeness through prayer and support.

This intimate service includes a brief meditation and hymn singing.

Special features are the celebration of Holy Communion followed by prayers of intercession individually and collectively.


Sunday Food and Fellowship, Sundays at 8pm

After worship we gather in Kay lounge to spend time together and eat snacks. Once a month the campus ministry team at Metropolitan Memorial UMC provides dinner.

Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7pm

Each week we will discuss a passage from the Bible, this semester we are talking about the Letters of John (1 John, 2 John, and 3 John). Before Bible study, Metropolitan Memorial UMC provides dinner to their Wednesday night study groups and they invite us on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Free Food Friday, Friday at 11am

The Campus Ministry Team at Metropolitan Memorial UMC provide free pizza,  a vegetable tray, snacks, and drinks in the AU Lounge. Contact us for directions.

Monthly Movie with the Methodists, First Tuesdays at 9pm

On the first Tuesday of each month during the school year, we watch a movie in Mary Graydon 200. During the movie we offer free pizza. After the movie, we have a brief discussion about how the topic of the movie connects with our faith.



College is a time of great exploration and adventure, but sometimes changes bring anxiety and you need someone to talk to. Whether it’s about questions of faith or problems with your roommate, your chaplains are available for counseling, advice, or just to lend an ear.

United Methodist Chaplain – Rev. Joey Heath-Mason

Joey was raised in southern Georgia and attended college at Valdosta State University, as a political science major. He planned to attend law school, but then spent several years working a variety of jobs. God called Joey in 2008. He enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity degree. After he graduated, Joey began work at Stone Chapel UMC in New Windsor, MD. Following that he worked for 3 years at Silver Spring UMC as the associate pastor before being appointed to serve the AU community in July 2016. 

Joey’s passion in ministry is to see life changing transformation in the world and to be the church where all are welcomed and embraced for exactly who God has created each one to be. Joey can be contacted by phone at (202) 885-3304 or


Associate Chaplain – Rick Sullivan

Rick has been placed with us through the General Board of Global Ministries’ Global Mission Fellow US-2 Track as the Associate for Community Engagement. He grew up in Newark, DE and attended the University of Delaware where he studied Italian, Chinese, and Arabic. While at UD, Rick studied abroad in Italy and China. After completing undergrad, he moved to Durham, NC where he completed a Master of Divinity degree program, with a Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture at Duke Divinity School. Rick can be contacted by email at


Contact Us


Alumni Stories

We are at a time in the church when resources are dwindling and numbers of our congregants are shrinking. Against this backdrop, the vitality of campus ministry as a source for church renewal shines out.

But the stories are not always told and many in the church do not recognize the contributions that campus ministry has made to the vitality of the church and to the engagement of young adults.  Below are some stories of our own students, testifying to the effect that campus ministry has had on their lives.

Your reflections to be posted on this page can be submitted by email.

I am a dyed in the wool United Methodist. I was baptized as an infant. I was confirmed in the 8th grade. I participated in an alphabet soup of acronyms including UMYF, DCYM, CCYM, NEJCYM, and MOP. I’ve been a member of the same church my whole life (Asbury First United Methodist Church, Upper New York Annual Conference). In fact, one of the reasons I first looked at American University was because I saw that it was affiliated the UMC.

When it came time for me to choose a college to attend in Fall 2010, I had three options: a world renowned music school, a small christian college in the middle of nowhere New York, and American University. American University offered me the most money, and I met Mark Schaefer during one of my visits and learned about the Methodist community, so I felt comfortable turning down the big music school for American. During that summer, however, I started to get second thoughts. I decided that I would go to AU for a semester and work on transferring out to Eastman, which was close to my home, family, and friends. All those second thoughts vanished once I became more involved with the community.

From day one, this community has served as a family for me. If you want to find me nowadays the best place to look wouldn’t be my room, but in Kay with the rest of the Methodists. It has provided me with amazing opportunities. I’m currently serving as the music director for the Fellowship of Sound, the community’s music group. I owe so much to this community. Because of them, I am still a member of my home church and the United Methodist Church overall. Campus ministry matters, and when it comes time to make cuts, it should be the last thing to go.

Ian Urriola, ’14

There is no doubt that I felt a call to ministry long before I was a part of AU’s United Methodist Community. But I was not part of a church that would ordain women. My fellow Methodist students not only affirmed my call, but sparked my interest in all the United Methodist Church had to offer. I most likely would have joined another denomination if it weren’t for my time at AU. A year after college, I was called to Young Adult Missions through GBGM. After serving in the Philippines, I moved to California, where I’m currently finishing my second year of an Mdiv program. I wouldn’t be here without Methodist campus ministry.

Lindsey Kerr, ’06

How to Donate

The AU Methodist Protestant Community relies on the support of its members and friends in order to continue to provide this ministry to the American University campus. Any contribution you make is tax-deductible, and will go to support our worship, programs, and other financial needs. Thank you for supporting this important ministry.

Make a secure online donation by electronic funds transfer from a bank account or by credit/debit bank card.

If you prefer to make a donation by check, you may mail a check payable to the AU United Methodist Chaplaincy at the following address:

AU United Methodist Chaplaincy
Kay Spiritual Life Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016-8010

Thank you for supporting the work of the AU United Methodist Chaplaincy!

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