The CCM Interns are hired with the recommendation of their peers and are primarily responsible for leading, coordinating, and facilitating our ministry. They are lead by the Director of Campus Ministry (Fr. Jeff Fleming), the CTK Associate Pastor (Fr. Cody Williams), and the Campus Ministry Manager. CCM Advisory Board serves as the "board of directors" for CCM, assisting with strategic planning and being a liaison between the Christ the King Parish and students.
You do not have to have a title to be a leader at CCM.
Any CCM student who wants to serve as a leader and contribute to the direction of our ministry is
welcome to participate in the following planning meetings:
The primary purpose of this meeting is to set priorities, roles, and responsibilities for upcoming events. Each week we set who is responsible for which activities, finalize plans for upcoming events, discuss/brainstorm for new events, review budget items, etc. We also review and evaluate past events.
CCM Interns work on a part-time basis during the academic year. Their primary role is to plan and coordinate ministry activities, services, and events for their peers. Recommended by their peers and vetted by the CCM Advisory Council, the Interns are called to serve as leaders in our community. Each has demonstrated a gift for ministry and has accepted Jesus' call to be a missionary disciple!
My name is Derek Wherley and I am very pleased to introduce myself as the new Campus Ministry Manager and Youth Ministry Leader for the parish. I’m a local product of Missoula Public Schools and Loyola Sacred Heart and after being a few places around the country I am very excit- ed to be back home in Missoula.
In 2010 I graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a degree in Religious Education. Since then I have taught theology at Catholic high schools in Arizona and Minnesota along with a two year stint as a youth and adult minister for the Anaconda Catholic Community. Another great blessing was being able to spend 3 summers at Legendary Lodge as a counselor and Program Manager.
With all my travels my home has always been western Montana and no matter where I’ve been I’ve always missed the mountains that surround the Missoula valley. And yes, I’m a die-hard Griz fan and avid outdoorsman.
Sharing the Catholic faith is a great passion of mine and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my talents.
When I returned to Missoula for my third time, I called myself a yo-yo, because I seem to keep coming back. I am originally from Beaverton, Oregon. I am however, more a Missoulian now. I started at the University of Montana in 2005 with the goal of pursing a career in Botany. After years of discernment and upon completing my degree, I headed off for a year of field work before beginning seminary. Seven years ago I began at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon where I would spend the next six years studying philosophy and theology in preparation for the priesthood. One year ago last June I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Helena and came to work at Christ the King as the Associate Pastor. One of my greatest joys in Missoula is working with the Campus students.
As you probably noted from my picture above, I enjoy hiking and the outdoors. I also enjoy many other activities such as gardening, archery, board games, video games, and studying theology. Life is an adventure worth living.