Rev. Kendra Joyner-Miller

Chaplain / Director of the Lilly Center

Omwake-Dearborn Chapel

In 2022, Rev. Kendra Joyner-Miller, an alumna of the Class of 2011, was welcomed back to campus as the new Chaplain and Director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. She will provide strategic leadership and a comprehensive vision to support Catawba’s religious and spiritual life.

Joyner-Miller assumed the role on November 7, 2022, succeeding longtime Chaplain Dr. Kenneth Clapp who is retiring after 33 years of service to the Catawba community.

As an alumna, Joyner-Miller embodies Catawba’s values, and as a minister of the United Church of Christ, she deeply resonates with Catawba’s rich history in that tradition.   

Joyner-Miller is an ordained clergyperson with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and has served as a Moderator Designate and Moderator Elect for the Fox Valley Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ from 2018-2020. Since 2014, she has ministered at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, first as the Minister of Youth and Families and then as the Associate Minister focusing on adult education, pastoral care, and community engagement.

She graduated from Catawba College with a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy. While at Catawba, she was the 2011 recipient of the Whitener Award, which recognizes a graduating student who exemplifies the values of Catawba College. She also served as Student Government President and ran cross country. Joyner Miller has a Master of Divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School, where she received the Tweedy Award for Promise in Pastoral Ministry in 2014.

Joyner Miller will be relocating to Salisbury with her husband Dan, daughters Josephine and Eliza, and their black lab mix, Connie.