Young Adults and Campus Ministry

Discipleship for Young Adults

After graduating from high school, young people enter a time of change and transition. College, vocational school, work, partners, family?  Who am I, and who does God call me to become? Young adult ministries in the Diocese of California strive to create landing places and welcoming spaces for young people as they make their way into adulthood. Congregations, campus ministries, shared meals, programs, retreats, and events provide a way for young adults to continue to connect with God and their faith during these years.


Campus Ministries

The Diocese of California sponsors campus ministries in several area colleges. The University of California at Berkeley, is the home of a combined Episcopal-Lutheran ministry, as is Stanford University. EcHouse, an ecumenical intentional community led by Methodist and Episcopal clergy, provides a spiritual home at San Francisco State University. These ministries work together to offer conversation, worship, support, and spiritual sustenance to college students and graduate students.


University of California, Berkeley

Campus Ministry at Cal —
Contact: Chaplain Tom Poynor,, 510.845.5838

Stanford University, Palo Alto

Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry —
Contact: Dr. Travis Stevens,

San Francisco State University, San Francisco

EcHouse —
Contact: The Rev. Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite,, 415.439.3998


Service Opportunities for Young Adults in the Episcopal Church

Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) is a network of local programs that offer young adults up to age 32 the chance to live in intentional community, get leadership and spiritual training, and work in a nonprofit setting in the United States. The program is for 1 year and new cohorts begin each summer with an application process every spring.

YASC is similar to ESC above, but the Young Adult Service Corp program is an international service program and 1 year placements for those ages 21-30. The application process usually closes in January each year but check the website for details.