Sean Algaier, former York University student (98’-00’) is returning this summer to assume the vital role of campus minister. Algaier brings significant ministry experience to his post having spent nearly 15 years in full-time ministry since leaving York including ministry positions at Overland Park Church of Christ near Kansas City, Mo., Airline Drive Church of Christ in Bossier City, La., Jenks Church of Christ in Jenks, Okla., and during the past 7 years at the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, N.C. 


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Algaier had this to say about stepping into the role, “I love York University! God allowed me to grow exponentially during my time as a student. I am very humbled and excited to return and begin work as the campus minister. I am committed to the call of God in my life. That call has led me and my family to York University. I can't wait to do life with all the students, faculty, and staff of YU!” 

While a student at York, Algaier was a part of Soul Concern and the York College Concert Choir, under the direction of the “best director in the world - Dr. Clark Roush, whom I love dearly”, said Algaier. After his years at York, he was a student at Lipscomb University and began working and performing in the world of Christian music. Algaier spent time managing tours for popular artists Rachael Lampa, Nicole C. Mullen, and Toby Mac. 


As a performer, Algaier has worked with Acappella Ministries on and off since 2002 and sang high tenor in the contemporary a cappella group, Watershed Worship. His time with that group opened doors for him to sing the national anthem for professional sports teams the St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. An experienced worship leader, Algaier has led worship for events such as Winterfest in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Youth-In-Action in Kansas City, Mo., and York University’s own summer event, Soul Quest. Sean has been a featured speaker nationally and was a contestant on season 8 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” in 2009. 

Algaier replaces outgoing Vice President of Spiritual Life Dr. Sam Garner who will exit campus in early May to serve as lead minister at the West Main Church of Christ in Medford, Ore.

York University president Sam Smith is excited to have Algaier step into the role as the University's next campus minister. “Our search committee, composed of faculty and staff across campus, reviewed a deep pool of highly qualified applicants and unanimously recommended Sean. I am convinced that he will immediately connect with our students and build relationships across campus which support the mission of York University. As a former student, Sean loves this campus, the people, and the city of York. He was specifically impacted by the late Mike Rush as a student at York College and desires to impact lives as Mike did on our campus. 


“Sean is a homerun hire. He is especially well known in the Southeast for his gifts in ministry and worship and plans to continue to lead worship at major youth conferences. When I was the campus minister at Lipscomb University, Sean was a transfer student I recruited to lead worship during our daily chapel. Now, 20+ years later, I have the opportunity to hire him again to do the same thing at YU in a much larger capacity. We are excited about his arrival on campus in August!”


Sean and Misty, his wife of 19 years, have 5 children: Sean "Greysen" (17), Ella (15), Jillian (13), and twins Joshua and Jeremiah (5).