Spiritual Leaders Association

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as the university liaison to the Spiritual Leaders Association.

The Spiritual Leaders Association (SLA) is a gathering of professional spiritual leaders who are affiliated with a local entity or a religious student organization. The association and its members work to serve the spiritual, social and holistic health of the university community, provide presence and support during times of crisis, and represent diverse faith traditions on campus.

Code of Ethics

We respect the dignity and integrity of students on campus.

When working with students we will be sensitive to whether or not the student gives permission to enter their life. We affirm the right of any student to make choices, we shall make it our responsibility to discover any current involvement in spiritual life, and we will respect the dignity and integrity of students. In general advertising and personal contact, we shall always identify the religious, denominational, or ecumenical sponsorship and agenda of our program.

We respect the dignity and integrity of our peers.

We shall show respect for one another theologically, understanding ours to be primarily a professional rather than a theological commitment to one another. We shall maintain an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual concern, and shall respect one another to listen and to speak when questions arise concerning relationships among us or the groups we represent.

We respect the programs and policies of the University of Northern Iowa.

We shall have due regard for university policy at all levels. We see ourselves as cooperative members of the university community and shall act as part. If an occasion arises where we take exception to policies or practices and find it necessary to exercise freedom to disagree, we shall do so with dignity worth of our offices as religious leaders. Our sincere effort will be to seek a peaceful and equitable solution to any conflict within the university system.

Members, 2023-2024

The following individuals serve on behalf of a local place of worship as a part of the Spiritual Leaders Association for the 23-24 Academic Year. 

The Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau maintains a list of local Communities of Worship.
NameEmail AddressLocal Church AffiliationUNI Student Organization Affiliation
Andrea DeCookadecook@orchardhillchurch.orgOrchard Hill ChurchBASIC Worship
Paul Leep.lee@dbqarch.orgSt. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student CenterCatholic Student Association
Alex Newmasteralex.newmaster@navigators.orgTrinity Bible Church, Cedar Heights BaptistThe Navigators
Robin Kimerobin@threehouse.orgMethodist, ELCA Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Disciples of ChristThreeHouse Collaborative Campus Ministries
David Glenn-Burnsdave@threehouse.orgThreeHouse Collaborative Campus MinistriesThreeHouse Collaborative Campus Ministries
Ben Schmidtbschmidt@fca.org UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Logan Fonglogan.fong@navigators.org The Navigators
Justin Simmondsjustin.simmonds@prairielakeschurch.orgPrairie Lakes ChurchThe River College Ministry
Schae Geitersgeiter@candeochurch.comCandeo ChurchSalt Company
Derek QuinbyDerek@northerniowaxa.comSent ChurchChi Alpha
John Wegenerprwegener@cfu.netCollege Hill Lutheran Church, LCMSLCMS U at UNI

For more information on the Spiritual Leaders Association, please contact:
Allyson Rafanello, Dean of Students