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Campus Ministry Staff

Forrest Buckner

Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor

The Rev. Forrest Buckner, Ph.D., joined Whitworth in July 2015. After undergraduate degrees in civil and mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Forrest worked at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder for more than nine years. He earned his M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in theology from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. Outside of Whitworth, he primarily enjoys spending time with his wife and three young and delightful children. The greatest gifts in working at Whitworth for Forrest are the wonderful students, faculty and staff with whom he gets to interact on a daily basis as he participates in the university's Christ-centered mission to invite every student to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. To set up an appointment with Forrest, please email Connie McKnight at To speak or correspond with Forrest directly, call 509.777.4506 or email



Mindy Smith

Campus Pastor for Residence Hall Ministry

The Rev. Mindy Smith, a Whitworth alum, is in her ninth year as campus pastor. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2006, Mindy returned to Spokane in summer 2008. In October of that year, she was ordained in the Whitworth Chapel to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She coordinates the Ministry in the Halls Program and serves in collaboration with the pastoral staff in the Campus Ministry Program. If you'd like to meet with Mindy, please contact her at 509.777.4341 or



Ben Brody

Director of Campus Worship

Ben Brody is a Whitworth alum with a deep passion for authentic worship that is based in scriptural truth and musical excellence. He helps coordinate music for chapel services and oversees the Hosanna ministry. Contact Ben at 509.777.3214 or





Stephaine Nobles-Beans

Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Ministries

The Rev. Stephy Nobles-Beans is part of the Act Six Steering Committee, and she also helps write the prayer blog On Bended Knee for the university. She preaches in the chapel each semester as well as mentoring students and sharing the Word of God with them. As the advisor to the Exceptional Gospel Choir, Stephy has the opportunity to build relationships with students through praise and worship. Building relationships with others, as well as collaborating and networking to see how others can work together to bring about change, peace and harmony, are Stephy's missions. If you'd like to meet with Stephy or pray with her, contact her at 509.777.4568 or



Kent McDonald

Young Life Regional Trainer, Campus Ministry, Lecturer in Practical Theology

Kent McDonald has been at Whitworth for 18 years, is married with three beautiful daughters, and is recently a grandfather. He received his M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and his doctorate at Carey Theological Seminary. Kent has a heart for international work, and he served from 1994-2000 as a missionary in Kenya with Young Life. He teaches in the theology department, works with the chapel program, and speaks and connects with churches through the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. He also oversees Whitworth's Young Life Training Program and is the Regional Trainer for Young Life in the Inland Northwest. Kent has a passion for working with young people and "20-somethings," and he is a frequent speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences. He loves a good cup of coffee and a laugh or two. If you'd like to meet with Kent, please contact him at 509.777.3241 or



Connie McKnight

Campus Ministry Program Coordinator

Connie McKnight is in her fifth year as Campus Ministry Program Coordinator. Following her paradigm shift from 15 years living abroad and 23 years in global corporations, she is delighted to be immersed in Whitworth's mission and serving our students as they follow Christ and explore their futures in this rich and rewarding environment. Contact Connie at 509.777.4345 or