The Rev. David MacDonald, D.Min., Ohio Northern University chaplain, recently received a Francis Asbury Award for his support of higher education and campus ministries within the United Methodist Church. The award is supported by the church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Division of Higher Education.


MacDonald is one of 15 individuals who received the award this year. Honorees offer outstanding leadership, above and beyond their basic responsibilities, to help bring heightened awareness to the significance of the church’s higher education ministries.


“These are people who have positively impacted higher education at the local, district or annual conference level of the church,” said the Rev. Matthew Charlton, assistant general secretary, collegiate ministry at GBHEM.


MacDonald, who joined ONU in 2012, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union, a master’s degree in divinity from Methodist Theological School of Ohio and his doctor of ministry degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.