Campus Ministry


Welcome to Campus Ministry at St. Andrews University.  Our chaplain office exists to provide spiritual guidance and support to students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to help students become resilient disciples of Christ. To build resilience we focus on three key areas of development: Identity, Belonging and Service.  Students are encouraged to live out their faith and become the people God has called them to be in a hurting and broken world.

Encountering God on a regular basis is part of our identity as followers of Jesus. One way we encounter God is through worship. The campus chaplain’s office offers non-denominational Christian worship on the first and third Sunday of each month. Assistance is also available to students of all faiths who seek places of worship in the area. If you are looking to plug into a local congregation, visit the chapel office in Belk for a list of worship locations in the area.

Another way we encounter God is through intentional relationships with other believers. At the beginning of each semester students are encouraged to join a dorm group for further Bible Study and discussion.

Following the example of Jesus, we demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways by serving our community. Each year, the St. Andrews community looks forward to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  This one-day opportunity engages all students, faculty and staff in volunteer service in the city of Laurinburg as well as on campus. This special day is set aside so that everyone can participate. Lunch is provided for all participants and after volunteering, participants are asked to reflect on their experiences.

As a way to provide critical help for those in need, St. Andrews hosts two blood drives per semester. All are welcome to sign up and schedule their appointments in advance online.


Cynthia Purvis 

Campus Chaplain


In the summer of 2020, Rev. Cynthia Purvis joined the St. Andrews community.  A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education/Youth Ministry, she has over ten years of experience developing programs and strategies for youth and young adults to engage in worship, Bible study, and missional service.  Ordained in 2012 by the Santa Barbara Presbytery, Cynthia previously served as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at StoneBridge Community Church in Simi Valley, California.  With a BA in English from Westmont College, she wishes she had enough time to read all the books on her reading list.


As campus chaplain, Rev. Purvis hopes to bridge the gap between academic learning and faith practices.  By placing an emphasis on spiritual formation, her goal is to equip students with the tools to become resilient disciples of Christ.  She will work closely with students, faculty, and staff to provide an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue between people from different backgrounds and experiences.  Feel free to drop her a note or stop by her office in Belk to say hi.




Blood Drives
Twice per semester, we host a Blood Drives for students, faculty, and staff in addition to the Laurinburg community.  All are welcome to sign up and schedule their appointments in advance online. To register online, click on the following link and type 933 as the Sponsor Code. After you register, you’ll be able to sign up for Blood Drives at St. Andrews.

Beth Israel Jewish Temple Fayetteville
Beth Israel Jewish Temple Jackson Springs
Central United Methodist Church Laurinburg
Church of God Laurinburg
Church of the Pines Presbyterian Laurinburg
Crossroads Fellowship Laurinburg
Faith Presbyterian Church Laurinburg
First Baptist Church Laurinburg
Franklin Chapel AME Zion Church Laurinburg
Galilee United Methodist Church Laurinburg
Laurel Hill First Baptist Church Laurinburg
Laurinburg Christian Church Laurinburg
Laurinburg Presbyterian Church Laurinburg
Lutheran Church of the Living Word Laurinburg
Masjid Al-Madina Islamic Mosque Raeford
Masjid Omar IBN Sayyid Islamic Mosque Fayetteville
Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Laurinburg
Quaker Meeting House Fayetteville
Solid Rock Baptist Church Laurinburg
St. David’s Episcopal Church Laurinburg
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Laurinburg
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Laurinburg
Stewartsville Baptist Church Laurinburg
Trinity Presbyterian Church Laurinburg
Westminster Presbyterian Laurinburg
Word of Life Assembly of God Laurinburg

Local Volunteer Opportunities

The following chart shows where students have volunteered in the past.

Church Community Services Laurinburg (910) 276-8330
Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center Laurinburg (910) 276-5505
Habitat for Humanity Laurinburg (910) 276-3337
Helping Hand Laurinburg (910) 276-3090
Scotland Community Health Center Laurinburg (910) 276-9912
Scotland County Red Cross Laurinburg (910) 276-0600
Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast Laurinburg (910) 277-3599
The Haven Animal Shelter Raeford (910) 875-6768
Washington Park Elementary School Laurinburg (910) 277-4364