Justin Otto

Justin Otto

Admissions Counselor

B.S. in Christian Ministries at University of Northwestern – St. Paul


Nazareth Hall, N2122
3003 Snelling Ave North
St. Paul, MN 55113



Previous work experience

Before working at UNW, I was a Pastor of Student Ministries for over 20 years where I came alongside students, parents, ministry leaders and the community through intentional relationships, oversaw all programming to MS and HS students, spoke in a variety of formats: main church services, large and small groups at youth
group, in camp settings and private schools, recruited, trained, and equipped adult and student volunteers, and part-time staff, and organized and led events, mission trips and service opportunities.


Why do you work at Northwestern?

I believe in the mission and vision of Northwestern. God used UNW to help Crystal and me grow and equipped us for life following college. As an alumni, I have seen the fruit of my experience at UNW throughout the seasons of ministry that followed…in my occupation, my family and my personal walk with Jesus Christ. As a Pastor, I saw how God worked in the lives of the students that attended UNW as well. It is a privilege for me to serve at UNW and be used by God in this role!


Favorite verse

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

– Paul from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10



– Pruning shrubs and lawncare
– Spending time with friends and family
– Enjoy watching sports and love football…have my latest enjoyment in following LA Kings hockey