Our Campus Minister

Since 2008 the students of WCU Catholic Campus Ministry have been served by Deacon Matthew Newsome.

Deacon Matt is a graduate of WCU’s Honors College with a BA in English Literature (1999). He holds a Masters of Theology degree from Holy Apostles College & Seminary (2008). He is an ordained deacon for the Diocese of Charlotte (2018).

Before working in campus ministry, he volunteered extensively in adult education and RCIA ministry at St. Mary Mother of God parish in Sylva, NC, where he was also a member of the choir for 15 years. He also currently serves as the regional faith formation coordinator for the Smoky Mountain Vicariate. He is the author of The Devout Life: A Modern Guide to Practical Holiness with St. Francis de Sales (Sophia Institute Press, 2023).

He lives in Jackson County with his wife, five of their seven children, a small flock of sheep, a smattering of chickens, two cats, and one lovable donkey.

You can contact Deacon Matt at ccm@wcucatholic.org or 828-293-9374. Students may schedule an appointment time (online or in person) by clicking the button below.

In addition to writing reflections for our campus ministry blog, he also blogs at testeverythingblog.com.