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James Tinnemeyer

Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, University Chaplain and Assistant Professor


The Rev. James Tinnemeyer serves the University in a number of capacities. In his role as Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, Tinnemeyer manages and oversees student support services and the programs necessary to ensure student success and a quality campus life. He plans and implements opportunities for student growth and development outside of the classroom. In addition to developing policies and procedures for student services and student life programs, Rev. Tinnemeyer assesses student satisfaction, student growth and development, and provides supervision for managers and directors of various student services units.

As an ordained Presbyterian pastor, Tinnemeyer also serves as Vice President for Faith and Mission and University Chaplain.  In this capacity, he oversees Christian life at the university, including the leading of chapel worship services, working with campus ministry programs and providing leadership and pastoral care to the university community.  Further, he is an Assistant Professor of Biblical and Ministry Studies, teaching New Testament, Theology and Practical Ministry.  Additionally, he is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry, which provides resources for developing and sharing leadership skills in the various fields of ministry.

Before coming to Waynesburg, Tinnemeyer served for 14 years in parish ministry with experience in every aspect of congregational life, most recently at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, he was the acting senior pastor, head of staff and previously executive pastor. Prior to that, he served as associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Oakmont, Pa., and as an associate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., both in Pittsburgh.

Rev. Tinnemeyer holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a Seminary Fellowship, the Watermulder Prize in Church Leadership, and the Wailes Prize in New Testament.  He also holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. 

Tinnemeyer resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.


B.A., Duke University; J.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary