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Jeffrey Miguel Wallace came to Gwynedd Mercy University in 2019. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2010 with his bachelors in Theology, as well as minors in Faith Justice Studies and Music. He then spent a year in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a long-term volunteer with Fundación Rostro de Cristo, where he was a youth and music minister for a local parish and the coordinator of an after-school program for at-risk youth. After returning from Ecuador, Jeff received his Master’s in Divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in 2014. He became a campus minister at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA for three years after graduate school, building strong relationships with students and developing a robust service-immersion program. He and his wife, Chelsea, moved to the Philadelphia area in 2017. His most recent work was with Catholic Relief Services, where he helped develop and support partnerships between CRS and (arch)dioceses, parishes, high schools, and universities.
Jeff is a strong advocate for the inherent human dignity of each person, is passionate about the pursuit of a “faith that does justice,” and hopes to cultivate a welcoming, hospitable environment in Campus Ministry for everyone at GMercyU. He is a loving husband and a proud father of his newborn son, Daniel Jorge. He loves Philadelphia sports, especially the Phillies, Eagles, and Sixers, a good cheesesteak, building community, music, theater, poetry, and is a huge extrovert.
Betsy Stone Plummer
Assistant Director for Community Service
Betsy came to Gwynedd Mercy University in 2000 as Director of Resident Life, having previously worked in housing and residence life at Drexel University, Florida State University, and The Art Institute of Atlanta. In 2004 Betsy moved to Campus Ministry to develop the newly established Mercy Works Program, which coordinated many community service initiatives on campus. In 2011 she resigned in order to spend more time with her growing family. In 2018, Betsy rejoined our staff as Assistant Director for Community Service, and became the moderator of the 0Waste/Sustainabiliy Club.
Betsy has an MS in Community Counseling from Georgia State University. She has been adjunct faculty at GMercyU since 2002, and enjoys teaching both on-ground and online classes in Developmental Psychology and Childhood Obesity. She is a member of St. George's Historic United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, where she serves as a Trustee. She and her family also attend Messiah UMC in Lafayette Hill. Betsy's remaining time is spent driving her three active daughters to a wide variety of classes, practices, and games!
Bon Voyage, Michelle!
It is with a bittersweet heart that I announce the retirement of Michelle France, Campus Minister for Spiritual Programs and Liturgy, effective July 31. She leaves a legacy of important spiritual programming for our community of Mercy, including the annual Breakthrough retreat, Community Prayer, and Interfaith Mercy programs.
Michelle first brought her talents to GMercyU as a music minister for Sunday masses. Then, she arrived at GMercyU full time 4 years ago after spending over 20 years in ministry at the high school level. She brought with her the mark of Mercy: she grew up close to the Sisters of Mercy and became a Mercy sister for a time in her life. This lifelong experience of Mercy prompted her to remark that working at GMercyU was a “homecoming” for her. All who experienced her presence, especially students, have expressed that they have felt welcomed and at home with Michelle. The Office of Campus Ministry will seek to emulate her example of Mercy hospitality. She has left an indelible mark on our office for years to come.
I invite all of you to reach out to Michelle and congratulate her for a wonderful career in ministry.
-Jeff Wallace, Director, Campus Ministry