He was hired by Dwight Nelson, lead pastor of Pioneer Memorial Church, with the support of the Michigan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While the position is funded by the Michigan Conference, Chaplain Prescott Khair holds the same standing and responsibilities as the rest of the executive team at the Center for Faith Engagement (CFE).
Given the important role this chaplain position plays in connecting the University and PMC, José Bourget, University chaplain, says, “We are very excited to have Prescott Khair join the Center for Faith Engagement executive team as an associate chaplain. He is also uniquely positioned by his service to the pastoral staff at Pioneer Memorial Church.”
Khair graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in 2018, completing a Master of Divinity, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. He worked for multiple departments on campus during his time at Andrews, including the Center for Youth Evangelism as administrative intern, the Department of Physical Therapy as administrative assistant and as seminary pastor. Most recently, Khair served as the lead pastor for the Bowling Green Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glasgow, Kentucky. He has also published multiple articles and devotional series and recorded podcasts centered around devotions and the church.
To describe his approach to ministry, Khair explains, “I’m an outgoing introvert who loves seeing people flourish in their relationships with God and in life. I’m here to help people find their fit in this world and refine their relationship with God.”
Bourget highlights the strengths that Khair brings to this role. “Chaplain Khair’s experience as a pastor, along with his MDiv and MBA and his distinct ability to help students identify and develop their passions and skills, makes him a perfect fit for our campus.”
As a campus chaplain, Khair will work directly with students, aiding them in their faith journey. He will also contribute his skills in organizational development to the Center for Faith Engagement’s movement toward a more integrated faith model. Bourget describes the changes taking place in CFE, noting the intentional pivot of “the university faith experience towards a mentoring and relational framework to inspire students to be disciples of God and fulfill their life’s calling.”
Bourget further explains CFE’s approach, “In order to have a vibrant and transformational faith experience as a university, we need chaplains who can work with students and offer resources and support to empower all employees to effectively engage students’ faith. Chaplain Khair’s philosophy of ministry recognizes that we are a university with thousands of students, three chaplains, and hundreds of ministering employees.”
Khair and his wife, Korissa, believe they were led back to Michigan by a call from God. Khair shares, “I really believe it was what God had planned for our next step. I am excited to see what’s next in our adventure with God because there’s nowhere better than being right at the front of where God’s leading.”
Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 160 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world.