Spartans of UD: Logan Ellis

Sep 12, 2018 | University Relations

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Logan Ellis moved from Nebraska to attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and obtain a master of divinity degree. As a Young Adult Ministry Scholar, he attends classes, teaches first-year students, and coordinates the UDTS Food Pantry located in the lower level of Peters Commons.

Spartans of UD - Logan Ellis
Logan Ellis
Coordinator of the UDTS Food Pantry l Young Adult Ministry Scholar

1. Why were you interested in attending the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary?

“UDTS perfectly fit all of my hopes of a seminary to attend. I was looking at local seminaries near my hometown in Nebraska. I visited UDTS and learned, first-hand, about the Young Adult Ministry Scholar program, the love for rural ministry, and passion for ministry in context. UDTS's creativity and boldness in exploring new ways of ministry left a lasting impression. I applied for the scholarship program and was accepted.”

2. As a Young Adult Ministry Scholar participant, you are able to earn a theological graduate degree while actively working with young adults on campus. What is a typical week like for you?

“A typical week as a Young Adult Ministry Scholar includes attending seminary classes with my fellow seminary students on Monday, teaching University of Dubuque first-year students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, participating in the Undergraduate Seminary Taskforce, and interacting with students at the Student Engagement Center in Heritage Center. Other weekly tasks include managing the food pantry and completing homework.”

3. Why did you volunteer to be coordinator of the UDTS Food Pantry on campus?

“One of my previous roommates was the food pantry coordinator before passing it over to me. He revolutionized the pantry with new ideas of food selection and management. The pantry has blossomed in its ministry.”

4. What do you want people to know about the UDTS Food Pantry?

“I want students to know that we have a food pantry and that there are resources for them. It is important to help minimize the stigma of using such resources. Help is available to all of the students on campus.”

5. Are there certain items that are popular/needed at the UDTS Food Pantry?

“Some of our most popular items are granola bars and boxed pasta because of their versatility. We are very blessed to have an anonymous donor offering financial support for a pantry stocked with food. Some non-food donations, such as laundry detergent, are greatly appreciated and can be of great help to students.”