Virginia youth pastor to serve as Struthers Visiting Pastor

Release Date: 10/1/2013

The Rev. Jeremy Cain Wilhelmi, a youth minister in Midlothian, Va., will visit University of the Ozarks from Oct. 7-11 as part of the University's Pastoral Study Leave Program.

The Rev. Jeremy Cain Wilhelmi

Jeremy Wilhelmi, a youth minister from Virginia, will visit Ozarks Oct. 7-11 as part of the Pastoral Study Leave Program.

Wilhelmi is the associate pastor for youth ministries at the Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian. While he is at Ozarks, he will lead the University's weekly Chapel Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Munger Chapel.

A native of Arkansas, Wilhelmi was born and raised a Presbyterian, baptized and nurtured in the faith of Jesus Christ at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs. He is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where he studied music, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., where he earned a master of divinity degree. He has been a substitute teacher, a summer camp counselor, a camp director, a youth director, and a pastor. He has served ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Arkansas, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Wilhelmi's passion in youth ministry is to better equip young people to build and articulate their Christian identity and faith through Biblical study, theological conversations, and being an active disciple in congregational life, worship, and ministry. With young people being tugged and pulled in so many directions, he hopes that through identity-building, young people will claim Christian faith and practice as the focal point in their lives.

He fondly remembers his experiences at the U of O attending Presbytery meetings in the chapel as a youth advisory delegate and sleeping on the hardwood floors in the University's Mabee Gymnasium.

Wilhelmi is married to Whitleigh and they are parents of a 3 year-old son, Beckett, and have their second child due in December. He enjoys traveling, playing sports, and using his imagination with his son. He cannot turn down an opportunity to play a board or card game.

The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University's Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Wilhelmi is the 16th visiting pastor to take part in the program.