Religious Centers on Campus
The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life
7 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
The Catholic Center at NYU
238 Thompson Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10012
The Islamic Center at NYU
238 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
Chaplains at NYU
Global Spiritual Life at NYU hosts 70 chaplain affiliates representing various faiths, denominations, and groups on campus.
Doyeon Park, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. Doyeon Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhism. She is a minister of the Manhattan Won Buddhist temple and the Buddhist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University. She served as an Alternative Representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations from 2008 to 2013. Doyeon focuses on creating a sangha (spiritual community) where various individuals and groups can cultivate their inner wisdom and compassion to live with peace and dignity. Inspired by the Buddhist idea of inner freedom and happiness, Rev. Park started her monastic training in 1998. She graduated from Dept. of Won Buddhism, Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea and earned M.A. of Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She received full ordination in 2007.
Malik Walker, Partner Chaplain
I am a Zen practitioner in the tradition and lineage of Kodo Sawaki and Taisen Deshimaru. I received Bodhisattva ordination at the New Orleans Zen Temple where I received the Dharma name Bodhi Hokyu (which means "studies the Dharma deeply"). Since 2007, I’ve had the privilege to lead and provide beginning meditation instruction in a variety of places, most notably the Center for Buddhist Life at Yale University, and with the Bodhi Tree Zen Fellowship at Fordham University. Currently, I serve as the Founding Director of Myrtle Avenue Zen Fellowship in Brooklyn, an affiliate group of the American Zen Association and the New Orleans Zen Temple. Connected to my journey as a Zen practitioner and student, is my general fascination and scholarly pursuits in religious studies. I’ve earned a BA and MA in Religion and am completing a doctorate in Theology at Fordham University. My academic work focuses on the ways interfaith and non-faith perspectives affect our understanding of our social and cultural life and how rethinking our understandings of religion and society can lead to new ways to think about what it means to be human in the here and now. Finally, I am a New Orleans native that makes the tastiest Gumbo this side of the Mississippi!
Sebastian White, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Fr. Sebastian grew up in Maine and went to college in Massachusetts, majoring in Economics. After college, he lived Austria for for years, studying at the International Theological Institute, and working for Franciscan University of Steubenville. During his time there he met the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) in Vienna. In 2008, he entered the novitiate for the province of St. Joseph and was ordained a priest in 2014. He is very happy to be in New York and to be working in the New York University community.
Angela Bacaling, Affiliate Chaplain
Angela Bacaling is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Second Language Studies. In college, Angela experienced an incredible encounter with the Lord, which transformed her faith and has inspired her to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ with others. Angela is entering her first year as a full-time FOCUS missionary and is very excited to be serving the students of New York University. In her free time, Angela enjoys singing, dancing, and exploring coffee shops.
William Clerx, Affiliate Chaplain
Will Clerx is a second-year FOCUS missionary excited to return to serve at NYU for a second year on campus. An alumnus of Harvard University, Will graduated in 2014 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology, a minor in global health and health policy, and a medical focus. Despite academic success, it wasn’t until a deeper encounter with Christ post-college that he discovered that happiness comes not in the form of degrees or accolades, but in the form of a person—Jesus Christ. He is excited to share the beauty and peace of the Catholic Faith with the students of New York City again this year! With experience working on scientific research, National Geographic documentaries, startups, and insect collecting, Will would love to chat with you about your passions and life's Big Questions!
Nicole Michell, Affiliate Chaplain
Nicole is a recent graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH with degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Theology. For her college was a time of great fun, but also deep conversion and a blossoming relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. This is her second year serving with FOCUS as a full-time Catholic missionary, and her first year serving at the Catholic Center at NYU. She is incredibly excited about making the move to New York City and soaking in all of the beauty it has to offer! Fun fact? She loves eating cheese and climbing trees!
Ryan Noll, Affiliate Chaplain
Ryan is a recent graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a degree in Visual Communication. After going to college thinking he would come out with just a degree and some good friends, he had a deep encounter with Jesus along the way. This is his third year serving with FOCUS as a full-time Catholic missionary, and his second year serving at the Catholic Center at NYU. He is really excited to share more about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church with students of New York. Ryan comes from a family of 6 children and loves all things art: from theatre, to music, to design.
Joseph Caruso, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Joe Caruso was born in April of 1978 in Red Bank, NJ. From a young age he was deeply attracted to classical music and began playing the piano at about the age of 10. He pursued classical music throughout high school and into college where he studied with Dr. Min Kim and earned a degree in Music Education. However, during his last two years, a shift in his interest took place which he considered to be a natural progression from the Arts to Religion. Classical Music always put him in touch with the sublime and the sublimity of life itself. This led to a lot of deeper questions about himself, life, and God. He enthusiastically started reading many spiritual and holy books. It became such a passion for him that he began exploring and visiting various monasteries. After graduating college he had planned to live in one such monastery (Krishna Bhakti asrama, located in the lower east side of Manhattan) for one month before beginning his career. But he never left. He has been happily living there in the association of ten other monks for nine years now. Some student friends of his at NYU started a spiritual club on campus and invited him to give some classes. Since then he has had many wonderful relationships with students and faculty at NYU, and the cooking classes and Bhagavad Gita study groups have continued through the years.
Pankaj Srivastava, Affiliate Chaplain
I lived as a monk for 15 years on the Lower East Side of New York and have been working with the student communities at NYU and Columbia for 12 years. I have a daily meditation practice which gives my mind the nourishment it needs to stay strong during busy and challenging situations. Even though I enjoy living in the hustle and bustle of New York City, I take every opportunity to get away on the weekends.
Chandrashekar Vellur, Partner Chaplain
I have had exposure to various Hindu scriptures, practices, beliefs and faiths. Bigger gift is to read and communicate in English, and also the opportunities to travel and meet different people. Even bigger is the matured mindset to respect life and value structures. A good mix of these makes me a good person who can understand other faiths, and help compare what I know with what I can learn while interacting with others. I strongly believe, life is a learning process, and also believe that everyone can give back to the world. Personal fun fact about myself is that I am a vegetarian and strongly believe that religious guidelines should be more practical and evolving.
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Anne Klaeysen is clergy leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-Dean of The Humanist Institute. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College. Anne was raised Roman Catholic in a small village in western NYS. She discovered the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture as a compromise venue for her marriage to an Orthodox Jew. Soon it became their religious community, and they raised their two children there.
Frank Fredericks, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, a global movement to end religious violence, and Mean Communications, a digital agency for social good. After working in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, Frank founded World Faith in 2008. He has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and is a Fellow Alumnus of Leading for Impact at Oxford Skoll Centre, AMENDS at Stanford, IFYC, Soliya, Ariane de Rothschild, and YouthActionNet. He did his BM at NYU and his MBA at Oxford University as a Global Shaper Scholar.
Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
Yehuda Sarna, University Chaplain
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna is a visionary, inspiring and highly personable rabbi known for his passion, sensitivity, creativity, and openness. A communal leader, teacher and innovator, he serves as the Skirball Executive Director of the Bronfman Center and University Chaplain of NYU. Rabbi Sarna and his family live in Gramercy Green, where he is Chaplain-in-Residence, and maintain an "open home" to students. He is married to Dr. Michelle Waldman Sarna and father to Batya, Maayan, Moshe, David, Amital and Hillel.
Nicole Lyn DeBlosi, Affiliate Chaplain
Named in 2015 by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi is passionately dedicated to pluralist Judaism, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and both an MA and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She has taught in the Religious Studies, Performance Studies, and Expository Writing Departments at NYU. Rabbi Nikki is the NYU Bronfman Center's Reform Rabbi, and her work spans the Reform, egalitarian Jewish, LGBTQ communities, but of course she's happy to speak of students from all Jewish denominations and indeed all faiths. A convert to Judaism (raised Roman Catholic), she is particularly happy to discuss spiritual change, doubts, and questions. She’s also happy to talk pop culture, science fiction, HBO’s GIRLS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Game of Thrones! Rabbi Nikki lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with her wife Rachel and their young sons Ilan and Ethan.
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Simcha Weinstein, Affiliate Chaplain
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is the best-selling author of Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero and Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century. He has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been profiled in leading publications, including The New York Times and London Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for The Jerusalem Post, JTA, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many others. He is an affiliate chaplain at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute and was recently voted "New York's Hippest Rabbi" by PBS affiliate Channel 13. His latest book, The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, was recently released.
Meor: Traditional, Halachkic Judaism
Aaron Eisemann, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rabbi Aaron Eisemann, affectionately known as Rabbi E, can't seem to graduate the college scene. After graduating from Yeshiva Derech Chaim Rabbincal Institute in Brooklyn, he has been on campus for 14 years and counting. He began his career teaching Jewish wisdom to the University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor. He then headed east, and continued to teach and inspire university students in lower Manhattan. Rabbi E loves eating doughnuts and spending time with his wife, Tziporah, and their beautiful family. Rabbi E has lots of great qualities, with a possible exception of his sense of humor, which many agree is steadily improving.
Gamliel Shmalo, Affiliate Chaplain
Gamliel Shmalo is the Educational Director of Meor NYU and teaches Jewish philosophy and law at Yeshiva University. His interest is in creating a living interaction between the modern experience and ancient wisdom. University of Pennsylvania (BA), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (MA), Beit Ariel Jerusalem (Rabbinic Ordination). He has published on Jewish holidays and customs as well as issues in Biblical ethics and lectures internationally. He and his wife, Mahnaz, have seven children (three sets of twins!), five of whom are certified Scuba divers. Rabbi Shmalo was a founding member of the underwater unit of Israel's ZAKA.
Sion Setton, Partner Chaplain
Rabbi Sion Setton, born in Brooklyn’s Sephardic Syrian community, currently serves as the Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Magen David of Manhattan. He received his undergraduate degree and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. Throughout his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Setton taught at various institutions such as the Ramaz School and the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue. He also has coordinated and participated in different educational and humanitarian missions around the world, traveling to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Thailand, England, Spain and Panama. Rabbi Setton is a committed techy who believes in the integration of modern technology with religious and educational initiatives. He serves as a teacher and the Director of Educational Technology at Barkai Yeshiva and also founded www.TorahCentral.com, an online platform that highlights various educators around the world. He the Chairman and co-founder of the Downtown Manhattan Va'ad. Rabbi Setton is married to Mijal Bitton, a doctoral student at NYU and Jewish educator.
Khalid Latif, University Chaplain
Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchisees in Manhattan.Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24. Most recently, Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio’s Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a “Task Force to Combat Hate” by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC.
Faiyaz Jaffer, Affiliate Chaplain
Faiyaz Jaffer attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, after his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook University in Political Science and Religious Studies. He has had his research published by academic journals. In pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, Faiyaz studied in the Seminary of Karbala, one of the most prominent centers for Islamic learning. He currently continues his fieldwork as part of the Islamic Research Institute in New York. As a faith leader and social activist, Faiyaz Jaffer has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the aspiration of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.
Kevin Niemann, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Kevin graduated with a Speech Communication major and Spanish minor from Texas A&M University in 1995 where he served as a resident director of one of the school’s oldest residence halls. Since graduating, he has served in campus ministry at Texas Tech University, Samara State University in Samara, Russia and Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Kevin and his family returned to the Texas in 2009 to work with Bridges International – a ministry to provide service opportunities, social networking and spiritual resources for international students. After three years in Texas, Kevin and his wife began to miss life in the city and decided to move to New York to help with the needs of international students here in the greatest city in the world. In 2014, Kevin finished his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, discovering new cultures, hanging out with his two children and biking around the city.
Matt Pursley, Affiliate Chaplain
I am married to my wife Sabrina and we have 1 daughter and 1 child on the way. I grew up in the Christian church but my faith really became my own in college. That was where I truly began to follow Jesus. I like to play all sports, read, and learn other languages.
Mary Catherine Young, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
“Mary Cat” Young is an Episcopal priest who has spent fifteen years working with youth, college students and young adults in Minnesota, Massachusetts, South Carolina and New York. Mary Cat and her husband Chad are enjoying the art of becoming parents to their one year old daughter Dorothy Sue and their mini-schnauzer “The Enforcer." Mary Cat has been active in church work on the local and national level, most recently having been a member of the task force that developed rites for blessing same-sex relationships in Episcopal Churches nationwide. Favorite hobbies include: knitting, baking chocolate chip cookies, and reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books.
Natalie Perkins, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Natalie graduated from Union Theological Seminary and was awarded the Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize. As a minister and professional performer, she is now working on several projects that marry art and spirituality. Additionally, she works with the Westar Institute to help bridge the gap between religious academia and the general public and is the co-founder of the Tanho Center for a New New Testament. She can usually be found working on one of her writing projects, traveling to churches around the country to lecture on extra canonical texts, or performing with the USO Show Troupe. In her spare time, she struggles to keep her plant, Otis, alive.
Ian Lau, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ian immigrated to the US with his family during eighth grade. He became a Christian in high school and entered NYU as a freshman in 2001, when he joined Compass Koinonia (CK). After graduation, Ian stayed on to serve in CK and started working full-time in technology in the financial industry, where he still works today. He is currently director of Compass Koinonia undergrad at NYU and a member of Compass Fellowship Church. Ian enjoys badminton, street food, and sushi. Some of his favorite authors are John Piper, David Platt and Ravi Zacharias. He is married to Jackie, whom he met at CK as an undergrad.
Beatrice Chau, Partner Chaplain
A native of the Bay Area of California, Beatrice came to New York City to attend college at NYU and has been here ever since. Having grown up in the church and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age, she came looking for a Protestant fellowship group on campus her freshman year and met some students at Club Fair that introduced her to Compass Koinonia (CK). Throughout her college years, Beatrice experienced the deep love for God and others through fellowship at CK and its affiliate church, Compass Fellowship Church, helping her fully understand what it meant to follow Jesus. Since graduating from NYU, Beatrice now works full-time at an information technology and services company while remaining involved in college ministry at CK. Through her involvement, Beatrice is blessed with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students and help them grow spiritually in their walk with Christ. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the latest food trends of the city.
Matthew Chin, Affiliate Chaplains
My name Is Matthew Chin and I am a Chinese American who was born and raised in NYC. I grew up in a family that was not religious and it was not until my sophomore year in high school that I was first exposed to Christianity. It wasn’t until the summer before the start of my junior year in college that I began attending bible study and church regularly. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior in September 2003. I have been actively involved in college ministry ever since and continue to strive to grow deeper in my relationship with Christ. I am an avid baker and I first learned how to play drums using chopsticks and paper plates.
Jackie Lau, Affiliate Chaplain
Jackie grew up in Brooklyn, New York with her parents and older sister. She first met Compass Koinonia (CK) at New York University when she was an undergraduate student in the business school. It was there that Jackie committed her life to Jesus. She was involved in CK from freshmen through senior year, and upon graduation, continued to serve in the ministry. She currently works full-time in human resources for a financial services company. She is a member of Compass Fellowship Church with a passion for both local and international missions. She loves food, games, shopping and volleyball! Jackie met her husband, Ian, at CK at NYU. They’ve been married since October 2007 and is currently residing in the Greenwich Village area.
Vinny Wong, Affiliate Chaplain
Vinny was born and raised in New York and graduated from Columbia University with an engineering degree and from Baruch College with an accounting degree. At Columbia, she was introduced to Compass Christian Koinonia (CCK), the sister group of NYU’s Compass Koinonia (CK), where she began her spiritual journey. Five years and one million questions later, Vinny finally convinced the skeptic inside her (the product of being a scientist and a New Yorker) that there is no greater truth than Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Lord of her life. She recently joined the staff at CK and looks forward to experiencing God through this ministry. Vinny is easily amused and has a penchant for laughter, so don’t be afraid to say hi! Despite popular suspicion, she promises she is not a spy for NYU’s Upper West Side rival and she is genuinely excited to be a part of the NYU community.
Ross Queener, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Ross grew up in a suburban area outside of Dayton, Ohio. His family was, essentially, non-religious (not atheist or agnostic, but lacking a clear sense of commitment to any religion or religious belief). After he graduated from high school and served six years in the US Navy (three years of which were on a submarine), he went to college at The Ohio State University, getting a B.S. in Math Education. While in his fourth year at OSU he came to recognize that not only was God real, but He was personal and knowable. And Ross wanted to know Him. This led him into a period of searching, the culmination of which was his understanding that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That marked the beginning of Ross’ commitment to follow Him for the rest of his life. For the past 18 years Ross has lived in NYC and currently resides on the Upper West Side with his wife and two daughters.
Ashley Coffey, Affiliate Chaplain
Ashley graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2013. She became a Christian in college after witnessing a vibrant community within Cru. It was through those relationships that God's personal connection to people became tangible. Being known by God transformed her life and ignited a passion to see other college students experience a relationship with their loving Creator. Ashley loves trying new things (food, activities, coffeeshops, recipes..) and exploring new places. Ashley enjoys being active. If she could, everyday would be an 'outdoor day' with fun trails to walk and beautiful sites to see.
David Coffey, Affiliate Chaplain
David joined the full time staff of Cru after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008. It was a natural fit, because he has a passion to see young men lead both courageously and compassionately and to help college students grow in their faith. He is a right-brained visionary type with a need for creative outlets. He loves shooting videos, writing new music and learning as much as he can! He is a fan of mind-bending films like Inception, The Dark Knight and The Matrix; and thought provoking authors like Tim Keller, CS Lewis and John Piper. He is a lifetime student of theology and lover of the Bible.
Brittany Brock, Affiliate Chaplain
I grew up in a Christian home in South Carolina but didn’t start exploring what I truly believed until I went to college at Winthrop University. I graduated from there with my B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Religion. While in college I discovered what it looked like to have a personal relationship with God through His son Jesus through getting involved with a Christian organization where my faith really began to grow and develop. After college I taught middle school science with Teach for America in Rural Eastern North Carolina for 2 years before working with Cru. Fun Fact: I enjoy roaming around New York and finding great local coffee shops and restaurants.
Encounter Christian Fellowship
Junghoon Joseph Jang, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
As a founding member of the club's NYU chapter and a former resident assistant, Joseph is excited to be back at his alma mater as a third year chaplain. His journey with Encounter began in 2009 and while many milestones took place in his life ever since, his relationship with Jesus and the people of Encounter have been his priority. This Jersey bred suburbanite has a love-hate relationship with spring, listens to Jazz in his car for the 95% of the times and suffers a chronic wanderlust. As a chaplain, Joseph can't wait to continue to love the people of NYU with the love of his Lord Jesus!
Jonathan Gong, Affiliate Chaplain
Jonathan was born and raised in Manhattan and graduated from CUNY Baruch for undergraduate studies. He has been an active part of Encounter since 2008 and it has played a pivotal part of his personal growth in faith. It was through being invested in that he loves to invest back into the next generation and desires to see many students fall deeper in love with Jesus. Jonathan loves to spend time with friends, delights in good food, and can often be found listening to music.
Cindy Wei, Affiliate Chaplain
Cindy Wei grew up mischievously terrorizing Sunday School classrooms in Chinese-American churches along the East Coast. While she spent her childhood as a smart aleck Bible know-it-all, it wasn't until her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania that the incredible truth of God's prodigal love for her really clicked. When it did, Cindy's entire life became consumed by one passion: letting God love on her and letting other people watch. Her prayer for Encounter is that it would truly become a powerful and intimate meeting place for an affectionate God and His beloved children. Her end-game is to chase after Jesus as hard as she can, and bring as many people as possible with her. In Cindy's spare time, you can find her journaling with Bae (i.e. Jesus) at cute cafes, trying to cook, and Zumba-ing it all out.
Every Nation Campus Ministries
Selene De Los Santos, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Selene De Los Santos moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2004, in pursuit of an acting career. Shortly after graduating AMDA she realized that she had a great desire to help people in a greater capacity. As a result she furthered her education by going to Hunter College and joined the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, it
was through serving with this organization that awakened her passion to be in ministry. During her summer break she attended the Every Nation School of Campus Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee, in which, she gained the foundation of being a campus minister. When she came back to New York City in the winter of 2010, she transferred to The New School where she focused on Creative Art’s Therapies and received a BS in Liberal Arts. During this time she continued to minister to students through Every Nation Campus Ministries (ENCM). Selene graduated and married in 2012 and now has a toddler. And just a fun fact, she secretly loves watching cartoons! Selene is very excited to continue working with students and facility at NYU through Every Nation NYC and Every Nation Campus Ministries (ENCM).
Fernando De Los Santos, Affiliate Chaplain
Fernando De los Santos moved to New York City from the Philippines to attend St John’s University in 2004, in pursuit of a doctorate in Pharmacy. During his freshman year of college, he was connected to the Every Nation New York Church and the Every Nation Campus Ministries New York staff and became part of their church family. It was through the relationships with his church and the campus ministry that he took to heart the call of God’s love in his heart and was empowered to minister the gospel of Jesus to his university. Serving alongside Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, he then led multiple bible studies, musical worship services, and ministered to his colleagues. As a result, St. John’s University has an Every Nation Campus Ministry presence which continues to serve students in the reinforcement of their faith. Fernando currently lives in Harlem with his wife and works as a Pharmacist at an independent community pharmacy in the Chelsea area.
International Students, Inc.
Kenny Chau, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Kenny grew up in NYC’s Chinatown where he played lots of basketball and developed street smarts. After completing a term with the US Army Reserve and undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo, Kenny returned to lower Manhattan to help immigrant youth and their families adjust to life in the Big Apple. Kenny and his wife, Cindy, also spent a memorable 2004-2005 living in Beijing. In 2008, Kenny received a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and returned to NYC to pastor at his home church association until 2014. With excitement to be part of a chaplaincy team at NYU, Kenny is committed to help international students and their families thrive in this thrilling city. Though Kenny still plays basketball, the only quickness in his game is how fast he gets tired. Lastly, Kenny enjoys savory dishes of all cultures, strategic board games and gets a kick out of being mischievous with their kids, Joey and Makayla.
Valerie Althouse, Affiliate Chaplain
Originally from Hershey Pennsylvania, Valerie Althouse is now the City Director for International Students Inc (ISI) for New York City. She serves as one of the Chaplains at New York University where she founded the English Connections program for international students. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Counseling, as well as a Master of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. Valerie is certified in several areas, including emotional intelligence testing (EQi), cross-cultural communication, life coaching, and critical-incident stress debriefing. Valerie loves engaging international students through teaching English, Leadership Mentoring, Bible studies, and simple fun activities! On the side, Valerie enjoys vocal performance, reading, and travelling….and watching Netflix in her pajamas!
Jason Casper, Affiliate Chaplain
Jason grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City in the Spring of 2001. It was his experience of witnessing the 9-11 attacks firsthand that helped guide him into a relationship with Jesus Christ. He worked as a professional graphic designer and art director at various advertising agencies for 13 years before feeling called to do international student ministry with ISI. Jason's interest for cross-cultural ministry began 2006. He has also been active in compassion ministry to the homeless for many years through Calvary Baptist Church and The Bowery Mission. Jason loves most things jazz and enjoys playing guitar.
Isabel Hodges, Affiliate Chaplain
Isabel grew up in China. Soon after she became a Christian she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She has worked in administrative, children, and youth positions, and served as the principle at a Chinese school. She enjoys working with and building bridges among students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds from around the world and enjoys the opportunity to use English, Mandarin, and Cantonese to help students survive and thrive during their educational stay in the US and in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and exploring nature. Currently Isabel and her husband live in Queens, NYC.
Adam Ben Ing, Partner Chaplain
Adam Ben Ing graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary in May 2004 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained by the American Baptist Churhes of Metro NY in September 2008. He has been serving a the English Ministry pastor in the New York Chinese Baptist Church for 12 years. You can find him occasionally biking to a park in his Flushing neighborhood with his three year old son Noah in the backseat.
Winnie Lee, Partner Chaplain
Winnie currently ministers at a New York Chinese Baptist Church as the Outreach Coordinator. Her church partners with International Students Incorporate to minister to international students. Her social work and college ministry background shapes her style of witness. She has deep Brooklyn roots and is always open to sharing her love for the borough with the rest of the world.
Joshua Ong, Partner Chaplain
Joshua Ong is a Southern Baptist Pastor at a Chinese Church in Chinatown. He received his M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also has is MA in ESL from the University of Arizona and his BA from Biola University. He once finished the Gallon Challenge (of Milk) and is now lactose intolerant.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Trevor Agatsuma, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
I was born in Seattle which at the time had one of the lowest rates for church attendance in the country. I am grateful that growing up as a Christian in this environment caused me to ask critical questions about what I was brought up in. This has greatly strengthened my faith. I have had many conversations with friends where we disagree in fundamental ways on our worldview. But instead of bringing discord these conversations brought us closer together as friends. I hope to bring more conversations like this to the university. I also love hiking, running, Spartan Races and listening to NPR Podcasts.
David Williams, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
David Williams is a campus staff member for InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries at NYU where he serves as a university chaplain, pastor, and advisor for the medical, dental, and law student fellowships. A native of Raleigh, NC, David joined InterVarsity in 2011 and spent his first two years on staff serving the Graduate & Faculty Ministries at NC State University, Meredith College and Campbell Law School. David holds masters’ degrees in biblical studies and theology from Westminster Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School, and is a devoted lifelong learner. David is passionate about helping people to love God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength and to love their neighbors as themselves. David and his lovely wife Alissa live in Brooklyn, and David is pursuing ordination as a Presbyterian minister. You can follow David’s ministry at his blog, 10000places.com . A fun fact about David is that he briefly held the record for number of hot dogs consumed in a lunch-hour at Ashworth’s Drugstore in Cary, North Carolina.
Anna Lee-Winans, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Anna Lee-Winans is a lay campus minister for the last 13 years at New York University serving through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She currently serves graduate students and faculty. Prior to InterVarsity, Anna was a social worker in a pediatric AIDS clinic in the Bronx. She is an alumna of NYU, graduating with a BA in Journalism (’97) and an MSW (’01). Born and raised in New York City, she has had an ecumenical faith journey: baptized Lutheran, grew up Methodist, educated in Catholic parochial schools, made a decision to follow Jesus at NYU through InterVarsity, enjoyed Pentecostal and Brethren denominations, and attends an Episcopal and non-denominational Protestant church. Anna enjoys hosting friends over good food, listening for God in your story, and laughing with her husband and daughters.
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Donna Schaper, Partner Chaplain
I enjoy being neighborly and love having a positive connection with NYU through the Spiritual Life Center. For years my institution has quarreled with NYU over both small and large matters. It is a pleasure to be able to be ecumenical across the street, a street which goes both ways. My theology is post-denominational and progressive so this access to a sparkling ecumenicity makes me very happy indeed.
Dong Kim, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Dong Whan is seasoned KCCC staff having served in the ministry well over 30 years. However, he still have a youthful passion and devotion for Christ from the time they first joined staff. He had served as the Regional Director for KCCC in Los Angeles for 16 years and is now the National Director of KCCC USA. Dong Whan has two sons, Moses and David. He has been disciples and infused with a passion for helping to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
Min Han, Affiliate Chaplain
Min was raised in Queens NY and graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelors of Science in Homeland Security. During his freshmen year in college, he encountered Jesus in such a powerful and loving way through the community of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ ministry. Since then he has been passionate about helping the next generation grow in leadership and knowing Christ. Along with ministry, Min proudly serves as an Officer in the United States Army Reserve.
Soo Ho Park, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
I became a Christian at my 3rd year in college. After receiving my degrees in Physics from Seoul National University, I worked at R&D in LG headquarter for 2 years and started my seminary study. After serving as young adults’ pastor at Sarang Community Church for several, I came to America for further studies. I thank God for giving us opportunity to helping Korean international students (KCSA students) on campuses in New York since 2003, teaching the Old and New Testaments, helping students to deal with conflicts in relationship with parents, friends, professors and to overcome difficult circumstances in studying as international students, and counselling them to choose jobs and further study for the next step under pressure of their future. I have been I’m married and have two sons and a daughter. As a forever friend of young adults, I like what young adults like, eating, chatting, and sporting. I love to hike, play tennis, and drink tea.
Rebecca Seely, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Becca Seely is a Lutheran pastor who works with college and graduate students throughout New York City. She was not raised in church and first began to explore questions of faith when she was in college. As a result, Becca is particularly passionate about working with young adults who are asking questions about God and what gives our lives meaning and purpose. She love hearing people's stories, learning new things and discovering the unexpected ways God is working in the world around us. In her free time, she enjoys running and biking in Central Park, hanging out with her wife, Abby, and planning elaborate theme parties. Becca is an active member of Proclaim, the professional community for LGBTQ Lutheran clergy.
Madeline Francis, Affiliate Chaplain
Madeline Francis serves as campus staff with Reformed University Fellowship at NYU. Hailing from the Sunshine State, she graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. Her college experience was transformed by the community she found at RUF. She moved to New York City in August 2015 to work with RUF. She is obsessed with cookies from Levain Bakery on the UWS, Flannery O'Connor short stories, and the podcast This American Life.
Eric Lipscomb, Affiliate Chaplain
Eric originally hails from Richmond, VA, and comes from a broadly Protestant Christian background, having attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches growing up, as well as an Episcopalian high school. Eric is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia, and during his time in college gained a deep appreciation for different religious traditions, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Sensing a call to ministry, Eric moved to St. Louis in 2010 to pursue a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2014, Eric graduated with his M.Div. and was called to New York City to serve college students as a campus minister with RUF City Campus. Eric is married to and so grateful to share life with his high school sweetheart, Brittany, who is an elementary school teacher. He is also an avid baseball fan, enjoys meeting and spending time with people, as well as trying the city’s many great restaurants.
Timothy Price, Affiliate Chaplain
My name is Tim Price. I grew up in Austin, TX. I studied Religion and the Arts at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I have worked with Reformed University Fellowship for two years now. I enjoy playing and writing music. I like reading and playing ultimate frisbee as well. I have run with the bulls and I have a mustache tattoo on my finger.
Andrew Terrell, Affiliate Chaplain
I was born and raised in Georgia but since graduating from high school I've lived in Tennessee, Madrid, Spain, and now NYC! I have been working in both vocational and volunteer roles for the Presbyterian Church in America for a number of years now, often in pluralistic contexts. I am passionate about bringing a historic Christian perspective into the global conversation on religion, purpose, and the other big questions in life. I am thrilled to now get to develop a ministry to the international community in a wonderfully diverse place like New York City.
Matthew Terrell, Partner Chaplain
Matthew grew up in Atlanta but since moving away for college has lived all over the US, from South Carolina to St. Louis, and now New York City. He and his wife Megan have three children: Eliot, Zoey, and Margaret. He has worked with in Christian ministry to college students since 2008 and is happy to now serve the students of NYU. If you know him, you know that he loves sports and food, and on the best of days he gets to combine them both at the same time (preferably a baseball game and a good hot dog).
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Rev F. Romall Smalls, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. F. Romall Smalls' daily prayer is that unconditional love be our guide. He has been described as a dynamic preacher, public thinker, educator and social commentator. Here at NYU Chaplain Smalls has helped lead the annual SCM "Student Day of Payer" and timely "Prayer Breaks" during finals and midterms. He has served as a witness and counselor to our community's tragedies and heartaches during university vigils that seek to recognize the pain and suffering that occurs in NYC and around the world. Through the Student Christian Movement of NYC (@SCMnyc), Rev. Smalls seeks to link student’s faith with Christ's call for social justice on campus and throughout the global village. As both an ordained Affirming and Welcoming Baptist minister, professional journalist and media consultant he loves to connect, express himself and share encouraging messages and prayers on social media. You can even find some of his current and past work from Religion News Service (RNS), The New York Times, Gannett Newspapers and Scholastic News on-line. A fun fact about Rev. Smalls is that he interned at Capitol/EMI Records when he was in college in the 1990's when rapper MC Hammer ruled the charts. He earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where his multi-media thesis project, "Living Water: Reflections of Faith" was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Boyd Veritas Award for his work in social justice on behalf of the SGL/LGBTQ community. Rev. Smalls regularly seeks to put his faith into action and has participated in #BlackLivesMatter sit-ins, anti-gun violence marches, and Queer and Trans rights protests. He loves tweeting and Periscoping about his views and thoughts about life, prayer and social justice. You can follow him at @SCMnyc1.
Peter Trautmann, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Peter Trautmann knew that he wanted to find a community to support his faith when he arrived as a freshman at NYU. What he found was much deeper than just support; he had a series of experiences that changed his life forever. He was amazed by Christian students who had lives that were robust, meaningful and fun. He loved the balance of fun and substance he found in The Navigators- a group committed to going deep into the Scriptures and deep into relationships. He traveled to Mongolia to serve and teach English with The Navigators the summer between his junior and senior years. After NYU, he worked in downtown Manhattan on the business side of a non-profit for two years before going to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity. He then joined the staff of The Navigators so that he could provide others the same kind of authentic community that was so transformative for him. He loves John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Measuring in at 6-foot-7-inches, he’s often asked, “Do you play basketball?” To which he might respond, “Do you play miniature golf?” Peter and his wife Amanda live in Brooklyn with their three little boys.
Whitney Bahr, Affiliate Chaplain
Whitney Bahr is graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science as well as Theater during her undergraduate years. She was greatly impacted by The Navigators as a student and became a part of the staff team to continue the work that God began in her life, giving back some of what she’d been richly given. She loves walking alongside students and helping them discover their true identity, seeing how God makes beautiful things even out of brokenness. She is extremely passionate about the arts, nature, and the Word of God and is always up for an adventure! She welcomes deep conversations, yummy coffee, good music, quality film, refined foods, walks in the parks, and dance parties!
Joel Geib, Affiliate Chaplain
Joel was born to parents who were Christians, and he came to know and love Christ at a young age. He grew up in a suburb of Chicago, the mountains of east Tennessee, and eastern North Carolina. After graduating from Calvin College in 2008, a position with Americorps brought him to New York City. He immediately loved NYC, and realized it to be a place in which he wanted to invest himself long-term. Joel attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating with a MA in Theology in 2014. He enjoys biking, reading in parks, and discovering delicious restaurants. Joel revels in destroying his competition in Just Dance Now dance-offs - usually until newcomers get the hang of the game, improve, and begin to consistently win against Joel. Then he is overcome with bitterness and frustration until introducing the game to someone else.
Brendan Mahar, Affiliate Chaplain
Brendan is a staff member of The Navigators at NYU, a Christian fellowship. He never imagined he would be a minister when he was young, but during his years in college, he felt called by God to teach and counsel. Brendan received a degree in philosophy and religious studies and continues to enjoy logic, classical philosophy, and the writings of Soren Kierkegaard.
Leann Sebald, Affiliate Chaplain
Leann is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where her study focused on dance, biology and psychology. She was involved in the Christian Fellowship at Marymount and New York University throughout her college years. Coming from a small town in Pennsylvania, she found a new home in the city through the loving community that exists within The Navigators’ campus ministry. Serving as a staff intern with The Navigators Leann hopes to come alongside students and support them as they transition and grow during their time in school. She has a background in the Protestant faith and currently attends a non-denominational church in the city. She was also very involved with Young Life during her high school years. For fun, she can spend hours drawing with charcoal and can hardly resist good conversation and a quality latté.
Sarah Terning, Affiliate Chaplain
Sarah Terning is a recent graduate of Belmont University, where she majored in Classical Violin Performance. Born in Minnesota, her family moved to Georgia right before she entered the awkward middle school days. In that transition, her relationship with Christ became personal. Sarah entered college knowing she would need a community and place to grow spiritually. She met the Navigators her freshman year and has been involved ever since. The Navigators offered deep scripture study and one-on-one discipleship that transformed Sarah’s life and the lives of students around her. As a Navs staff member, Sarah is excited to support and invest in students as they grow and learn in the influential city of New York. Sarah enjoys being outside and has been known to occasionally adopt pet snails.
William Kim, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Coffee and conversations are two of my favorite things. So, as a minister in 180 Fellowship, I enjoy listening to the story of people's lives in hopes to convey how God might be working. My desire to see God moving in our campus in multifaceted ways, engaging in stories of renewal, healing, and salvation.
Sapreet Kaur, Partner Chaplain
Sapreet is the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, they work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be. In 2013, Sapreet became the first Sikh to speak in a Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. She has appeared in/on several media outlets including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, National Public Radio, and Fox News. She volunteers with the Girl Scouts of the USA (www.girlscouts.org) currently serving on the National Board of Directors as a member of the Board Executive team in the role of Secretary and International Commissioner. Previously, from 2008 to 2014, she served as a board member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (www.wagggsworld.org), a 10 million member worldwide movement across 147 countries providing non-formal education where girls and young women develop leadership and life skills through self-development, challenge and adventure. She also currently serves on the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation board of directors. (www.tutufoundationusa.org). Sapreet is a member of the National Organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, having served as a business volunteer in Uganda and Kenya from 1998-2001. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, a human development organization committed to fighting poverty and promoting education in South Asia. Sapreet is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University with a dual degree in marketing and international business. Sapreet’s favorite food is ice cream.
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Partner Chaplain
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University. He is the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and a Handa Fellow in Interreligious Communication. He also enjoys running marathons and spending time with his wife and daughter.