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Global Spiritual Life at NYU hosts 70 chaplain affiliates representing various faiths, denominations, and groups on campus. See the full list of Washington Square Chaplains below. Click here to see a list of Chaplains who also work with NYU's Brooklyn campus, and find a list of Global Chaplains here.
Rev. 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.
Rev. Malik Walker, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Malik is a priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. He received Bodhisattva (lay) and monastic/priest ordination at the New Orleans Zen Temple. Since 2007, He's 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, with the Bodhi Tree Zen Fellowship at Fordham University. He is also the Founding Director of Monju-do Zen Fellowship in Brooklyn, an affiliate zendo of the American Zen Association. He’s conducted meditation for ThriveNYC, the Mayor’s Office of Communication, and at various centers and organizations in New York City. In Malik’s “secular life,” he is a lecturer at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Additionally, he has been a lecturer in theology and religious studies at Fordham University and Xavier University of Louisiana for the past eight years. He earned his BA in theology from Xavier University of Louisiana, an MA in religion from Yale University, and is completing his Ph.D. in theology at Fordham University.
John Baptist Hoang, Senior Affliate Chaplain
Fr. John Baptist grew up in Northern Virginia and went to college at the University of Virginia, majoring in Religious Studies and Sociology. After college, he joined the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) in 2009 and was ordained a priest in 2016. After ordination, Fr. John Baptist served as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village for two years and is now serving the New York University community as the Chaplain and Director of the Catholic Center at NYU. Fun fact: Fr. John Baptist has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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 fourth year serving with FOCUS as a full-time Catholic missionary, and her third year serving at the Catholic Center at NYU. You can often find her sitting in the park with a giant coffee watching all of the dogs!
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.
Trevor is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Majoring in bank finance, Trevor planned on working in credit analysis before a transformative meeting with Christ. He entered the Catholic Church in 2015. Trevor is serving in his second year as a missionary with FOCUS, and he is excited to invite students into meeting Jesus Christ in the fullness of the Catholic faith. Trevor enjoys hiking, literature, philosophy, and all things coffee.
Trish is a proud San Francisco Bay Area native and recently graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Music Business and Songwriting. Ever since a profound encounter with the Lord through her Catholic Campus Ministry, she has been swept into a wild adventure that has led her to life as Catholic missionary with FOCUS. A lover of coffee shops, slow mornings, and exploring, she's beyond excited to share in the life and love of God during her first year at NYU.
Chandrashekar Vellur, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Born and brought up in India, I had an excellent chance of learning Hindu religion and religious scripts. Starting from the age of 5, I was sent to religious school to learn Sanskrit, Kannada and Hindi languages. When I started school at the age of 5, I started learning English and all my professional education was in English. I have a masters in Mathematics and master in Computer Science. I am working with Deutsche Bank in NY, for the last 20 years.My religious education includes Vedic studies, learning to chant scriptures, and how to implement religious values in day-to-day life. I took various courses related to Buddhism, Christianity and Jainism. I worked as a volunteer priest at the Hindu Temple for more than 10 years, I still help teach at the Temple school and conduct various interfaith meetings. My dad often said, 'Life and Living are two sides of the same coin'. I use religious services for Life and my computer profession for Living. I love to serve humanity because I am gifted with good health and good power of reasoning.
Umesh Jois, Affiliate Chaplain
From the early age of 17, Mr. Jois has been involved in Hindu spiritual practices. Trained by Pundit Thandi Rama Dixit of Davangere, Karnataka, India, Mr. Jois used to perform poojas at the college dorm and also at devotes houses. After coming to USA in 1976, Mr. Jois continued the same Hindu religious practices performing Hindu religious ceremonies, festival poojas (worship) and weddings for the Hindu community in the northeast USA. Mr. Jois has conducted numerous pooja/prayer/meditation services for devotees either at their residences or at community gatherings. For over six (6) years, Mr. Jois was a part time volunteer priest at the Berlin Hindu Temple in Berlin, New Jersey where he was responsible for complete pooja/prayer/meditation services at the temple on Sundays besides special service times such as Navraatri (festival of nine nights) and Deepaavali (Diwali) (festival of lights. In 2001, sensing the need for spiritual support for thousands of college-going Hindu students, Mr. Jois started a non-profit Omkar Foundation. The mission and purpose of OMkar is to provide an opportunity for college going students to practice Hindu dharma on a regular basis. There is a large and growing Hindu student population in many universities and colleges across the United States that do not have the facility to practice their faith. Our young men and women are in need of spiritual support and religious solace during their young adult years. Religion should be an important part of their life as they pass through their most critical years and establish their identities. At present, Hindu students are the only major religious group in colleges and universities that do not have the benefit of religious services on or near campuses. As the organizer of Omkar Foundation Mr. Jois is responsible for training community volunteers who reach out to university students and perform religious services. He is also responsible for designing and developing a uniform religious service program that is followed by all volunteers performing services and also making available all items need for the service. The service schedules are set-up at the beginning of the academic semester/trimester/quarter and volunteers are scheduled for service. As a registered marriage officiant in the City of New York, Mr. Jois has conducted numerous weddings in NY, NJ, PA, DE and MD.
My name is Sangeetha Kowsik. I grew up inside a Hindu Temple, no literally quite. My father was involved in the planning stages of Flushing Maha Ganapathi Temple in the late 70's before moving out to California where he met and married my mother and had me. He was a founder and builder of the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Livermore, CA. My mother is a classically trained Carnatic (devotional classical south Indian music) vocalist and would sing at the temple everyday. I grew up inside that temple surrounded by devotional music and art. I would watch the sculptors bring the temple to life. Many of the murthis (idols) stayed at our house before the temple space was consecrated and they were returned. I threw a huge tantrum (I was 5 years old). As you can see my deep love, adoration, and devotion to Ganesha began very early on. At age 17 I moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design and went straight to the Flushing Maha Ganapathi Temple with bright blue hair and a sketchpad. It literally took my breath away, I was in awe, completely at peace, and full of joy. I attended the Ganesha puja/abhishekam every Sunday without fail. I am a designer/artist by profession and have always received my inspiration and passion from religion, not just Hinduism but other faiths as well. Faith inspires my life's work.I hold a degree in Arabic Calligraphy (calligraphy is sacred in Islam and used to praise God), I love painting especially by Filippo Lippi who painted Christian themes, and Jewish gilded manuscripts. I was the Head Designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art for close to 5 years where I had the opportunity to further deepen my understanding of religious art and iconography. In my 30's I discovered Broome Street Temple in Manhattan. There I found myself teaching others prayers, cleaning the temple, and helping the priests with religious rites since most of the devotees were recent converts to the religion, it was up to me to teach them. It brought me so much joy to make flower garlands, pick Ganesha's outfit for the evening (I studied fashion, of course I adore the process of alanakaram or adornments).I had the pleasure of serving as Hindu Chaplin for NYU from 2017-18, helping build the temple at NYU, teaching students new prayers, hosting lectures and activities, as well as participating in interfaith panels. I am truly grateful and blessed to be involved in NYU, and around such amazing folks and students. It brings me so much joy and happiness and I hope this initiative will continue to grow and flourish.
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
My name is Anne Klaeysen, and I am a religious humanist. My denomination of Ethical Culture, founded in 1876, provides humanist philosophy in a congregational setting, recognizing that people who believe in the human potential for goodness and take responsibility for making the world a better place, but neither believe in nor worship a supernatural deity, need community for our ethical, social, and spiritual needs. Fun fact: I am a social justice rabble rouser who loves rally and marches for worthy causes.
Frank Fredericks, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Frank Fredericks serves as an interfaith chaplain at NYC. He 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 Said as a Global Shaper Scholar from the World Economic Forum.
Julie Novas, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. Julie Novas, Esq., LMSW is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Reiki Teacher, Holistic Health Counselor, Social Worker and Attorney living, loving and working in NYC. A native of the Bronx, she was born and raised Roman Catholic and found her spiritual home in Buddhism and Earth-based/ Indigenous practices. A practitioner of the dharma since 2004, in the fall of 2013, Rev. Julie sat her first 86 day extended meditation retreat. Recently, she completed the 2.5 year Community Dharma Leader teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and oppression. She supports others in examining structures and institutions through a holistic, social and legal lens to promote resistance/resiliency to oppression, social justice and social change. Currently, she works as a Mental Health Coordinator, is an Item Writer with ASWB for the national licensing exam for social workers and is an Adjunct at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She loves reading, soaking in the sun and being in nature.
Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
Yehuda Sarna, University Affiliate 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 and currently serves as Manager of Religious Life at the pluralistic Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University. A convert to Judaism, Rabbi Nikki is particularly happy to discuss spiritual change, doubts, and questions… but she’s also happy to talk pop culture, science fiction, HBO’s Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Game of Thrones. Study with her in her popular JLF Course, "Sex Love and Romance." Rabbi Nikki lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with her wife Rachel and their young sons Ilan and Ethan.
Joe Wolfson, Affiliate Chaplain
Joe Wolfson is the Orthodox rabbi on campus at New York University where he directs the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) in partnership with the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life where he is a staff member. He hails from the UK and taught at the London School of Jewish Studies. He received his ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate after studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and Bet Morasha and has degrees in political philosophy from Cambridge and UCL.FUN FACT: Joe's wife, Corinne, who also works full-time with Jewish students at NYU is a qualified gourmet chef.
Simcha Weinstein, Affiliate Chaplain
Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known speaker and 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, Miami Herald, and London Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for the Jerusalem Post, JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many other agencies. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute, the renowned New York art school and was recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” by PBS affiliate Channel 13. Rabbi Simcha travels the globe lecturing, and is famous for his engaging speaking style.
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.
Adam Diccicco, Affiliate Chaplain
Rabbi Adam Freedman was born in Washington but spent most of his formative years in Denver, Colorado. An avid outdoorsman, he spent many Denver summers rafting and hiking and winters on the ski slopes. After High School he went to Israel to pursue a degree in Talmudic Studies completing his Rabbinic schooling in Shor Yoshuv Institute of Queens, NY. Rabbi Adam met his soulmate, Shira Klatzko and returned to Denver to work with the Jewish teens there, running trips all over the USA and Israel. Upon the birth of his third son, his family moved back to the East Coast, leaving a loving legacy of family and friends. Rabbi Adam currently works for Meor NYU with Rabbi Aaron Dovid Eisemann. Beloved by his students, he can be found almost everyday of the semester having coffee (a slight addiction), schmoozing, and learning with Jewish students all over campus. Vacations are spent brewing or sharing a craft beer and hiking the great outdoors.
Congregation Magen David of Manhattan
Sion Setton, Partner Chaplain
Rabbi Setton serves as the principal of Yeshivah Prep High School. Born and raised in the Sephardic Brooklyn community, Rabbi Setton is passionately committed to advancing the educational opportunities for all his students.Most recently, Rabbi Setton served as the senior Rabbi of Congregation Magen David of Manhattan while being the Director of Educational Technology and a Judaic studies teacher at Barkai Yeshiva. Prior to this position, Rabbi Setton served on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as the Director of Youth at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, and an educator and Director of Sephardic Life at Ramaz Middle School.Rabbi Setton is the founding Chairman of the Downtown Va’ad and serves as an affiliate Chaplain at New York University, where he teaches Sephardic university students at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life on behalf of the Sephardic Community Alliance. Rabbi Setton received his B.A. and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College.
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
Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer is the Assistant Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU. He 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, Iraq, 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. His outreach efforts have allowed him to be featured in some of the country's most prominent media outlets. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.
For questions about Protestantism abroad, please contact the Chairs of the Protestant Life Affiliate Network (listed below) and they can help find the Chaplain best suited to your needs.
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.
Kevin Niemann, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Kevin graduated Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication 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. In 2012, Kevin moved with his wife and two children to New York City to launch Bridges International at Columbia University and NYU. In 2014, Kevin received a 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 exploring the history and culture of New York City.
Michael Henderson, Affiliate Chaplain
Michael was born and raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Roanoke, Virginia. He now serves with the Bridges International student chapter at NYU and enjoys working with students from every corner of the world. Michael has travelled extensively to 30+ countries and feels privileged to put this global experience into practice here at NYU. He is member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown where he worships and serves weekly. He also enjoys sports, cycling, international cuisine and listening to NPR Podcasts.
Carson Millender, Affiliate Chaplain
Carson graduated with a degree in accounting from TCU in 2010 and worked as a tax consultant for a few years before deciding that working with Bridges and getting to work with international students was more fulfilling work. He and his wife, Michaela, met through work with Bridges and now both serve on a team together in the city. He is a huge sports fan, loves the outdoors, and is always up for finding a new coffee shop.
Matt Pursley, Affiliate Chaplain
Matthew Pursley is married to Sabrina and has three daughters. He loves discussing the differences and similarities of faith traditions and spiritualities as well as thinking critically about beliefs. As a devoted follower of Jesus he seeks to love each person without partiality. He also can't turn down a root beer; a struggle he hopes to one day overcome. Make sure you say hey to him...and have a root beer in hand :)
Michaela Millender, Affiliate Chaplain
Michaela was born and raised in Texas, with Tex-Mex and bluebonnets a plenty. She attended the University of Oklahoma, with a semester spent living in Italy, and graduated with a degree in International and Area Studies and an Italian minor in 2014. Post graduation, she began working in campus ministry at the University of Oklahoma for two years before moving to New York City to work with Bridges International. She and her husband, Carson, love hosting people in their home, experiencing different cultures and their respective cuisines, and good espresso.
Natalie Perkins, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
This is Natalie's third year as a chaplain and she is loving every minute of it. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, she now works with two religious institutes: Tanho Center– which focuses on early Christian texts, and Westar Institute– which aims to bridge the gap between religious scholarship and the general public. She is also a professional performer and often travels to sing around the nation. Reach out to her if you have questions or want to talk about the intersection of religion and justice. OR, religion and the arts. Or, both. Or neither.
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.
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 and recently had a new addition to the family, baby Olivia Joy.
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.
Janell Yoo, Affiliate Chaplain
Janell was born in South Korea and immigrated to America at the age of 9. She moved from California to New York to attend School of Visual Arts to study photography. During her college years, she joined Compass Koinonia (CK) at NYU to continue her spiritual growth. CK provided new challenging questions about Christian living and what that means to a person, allowing Janell to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. After a year and half mission work in Thailand, she wanted to plug herself to a meaningful community to serve with NYU. She enjoys the challenges that comes with student ministry and continually pray for God’s direction in all things.
Brittany Brock, Affiliate Chaplain
College was the best four years of my life! It was a time for me to explore different beliefs and religions and to discover what I truly believed in. Growing up in South Carolina, it was easy to go along with what everyone else believed, but it wasn’t until college when I learned about a personal relationship with God through Jesus. College is when I started walking closely with God, reading the Bible, and living life in intentional Christian community through Cru. I’ve now lived in NYC for 5 years and I really enjoy rock climbing, pottery, and traveling!
David Coffey, Affiliate Chaplain
David is a right-brained visionary with a need for creative outlets. He loves shooting videos, writing new music and learning as much as he can! Since 2008 he has been on staff with Cru, a caring community passionate about connecting others to Jesus Christ. He is married to the love of his life, Ashley, whom he met at their alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. And as of Fall 2018 they are excited to be first time parents! Together they help college students grow in their relationship with Jesus and discover purpose and meaning in life.
Meghan Gryzwa, Affiliate Chaplain
Meghan and her husband Sam have served with Cru in New York City since 2016. Before that, she worked with Cru at Northwestern University, her alma mater. Through her involvement with Cru as a student at Northwestern, she gained a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what he did for her. Because of the impact those years in college had on her relationship with God, she is passionate about providing resources for others to experience the same. She loves seeing young people transformed by the power and grace of God so they can make an impact for His kingdom wherever they go! Meghan loves city life, running along the Hudson river and eating all the great food New York City has to offer!
Encounter Christian Fellowship
Hanna Chung, Affiliate Chaplain
Hanna H. Chung: Pastor's wife and Christian counselor (LMFT, Phd cand.in Family Ministry)My husband Joseph Chung and I serve The Remnant Church. I am passionate about working with people with problems. Mother of two sons and a spiritual mother of many, trying to share the love of Jesus in NYC!
Yohan Lee, Affiliate Chaplain
After previous stops in San Francisco and Philadelphia, Yohan is currently the associate pastor at Remnant Church in nearby Kips Bay and has over 10 years experience of being and ministering to college-aged students. Yohan and his wife Mandie raise four sometimes wonderful, oftentimes naughty children, Simon (8), Maggie (6), Jon and Abbie (5). In terms of hobbies and interests, Yohan describes himself as a pretty standard guy. He likes tasty food, but would lean more towards quantity over quality. He is a passionate Bears (football) fan and enjoys movies that don't make him think or cry (so action and comedy genres).
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rebecca Seely, 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.
Every Nation Campus Ministries
Selene De Los Santos, 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).
Canile Jackson, Affiliate Chaplain
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Canile graduated from St. John's university in 2008 and has been a campus minister with Every Nation Churches & Ministries since 2011 and is part of the NYC Campus team at Every Nation Church, New York. He has worked with students at St John’s University, Parsons School of Design, FIT and other schools across NYC. Canile has a passion to engage students with the love and truth of Christ, sending out and empowering students as leaders across NYC and the world. Canile loves New York for the diversity of people and food, and loves playing and watching sports, and the occasional MCU movie.
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.
Joshua Ong, Partner Chaplain
Having lived in Malaysia, Arizona, Singapore, California, Ohio, and Texas, before moving to NYC 5 years ago, I realized how important communication is to diverse communities. We may be different, but I would love to have a conversation to learn and to grow together. I once finished the gallon challenge (finish a gallon of milk within an hour) and became lactose intolerant.
Jason Casper, Affiliate Chaplain
Jason Casper moved to New York City in 2001 from Pennsylvania and it was his experience of witnessing the 9/11 attacks firsthand that helped guide him into a relationship with Jesus Christ. In 2012, after working as a senior graphic designer/art director for 13 years, Jason felt a call into full-time ministry to international students after volunteering since 2009. He had also served at Calvary Baptist Church with their Bowery Mission compassion outreach team as well as serving with their young adult ministry since 2010. Currently, Jason has a deep passion for engaging the Muslim community through interfaith dialogue and has been an active participant in the NYU student club MuCh (Muslim-Christian Dialogue) and has been invited to speak at several MSA functions at NYU. When not working with students at NYU Jason can probably be found listening to/attempting to play jazz 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.
International Students, Inc. - New York Chinese Baptist Church
Winnie Lee, Partner Chaplain
Winnie ministered in a Chinatown church for three years where she saw the importance of investing in lives of international students through partnership with campus ministries. Starting 2018, she joined the staff team at International Students, Inc. to continue that mission. She received an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2018, has her MSW from Hunter College and a BA from Binghamton University. Her social work and college ministry background shapes her flair for witness. She has deep Brooklyn roots and is always looking to share life over a slice of thin crust pizza.
International Students, Inc. - Christian & Missionary Alliance
Cristobal Tong, Partner Chaplain
God has led Cristobal to a wide range of occupations in his journey to ministry ranging from working as a sushi chef to a potential legal career as a paralegal. It is through these unique experiences that he has been able to minister and bless youth, college students as well as young adults alike at 3Stone/NYCAC for the last 10 years as a counselor, intern and as of 2015, an associate pastor. He obtained his Bachelor Degree from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He is currently working towards his ordination with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Cristobal wants God to use all aspects of his life in spreading the gospel to the nations, and desires to equip, empower, and encourage the local church to be the arms and legs of Christ in their community and throughout the world. Having grown up in NYC, Cristobal feels naturally led to serve and make disciples of the 2nd and 3rd generation of Asian Americans through mentorship and living life together – truly living out the invitation to “come and see.”Cristobal is married to his wife, Carla, whom he calls the biggest blessing of his life. They look forwarding to faithfully following God, wherever He calls them.
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.
Erick Sorensen, Partner Chaplain
Erick was born and raised in Southern California. He is married to Melissa, and they have three boys, Jude, Jonathan, and Lincoln. He has degrees from Lutheran Brethren Bible College (Certificate of Biblical Studies), Biola University (Bachelors in Organizational Leadership), and Lutheran Brethren Seminary (Master of Divinity).Before moving into Manhattan to plant Epiphany Church, Erick served as Senior Pastor at Victoria Community Church in Fontana, California, and Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church in Staten Island, New York.
Chelsea Whitfield, Partner Chaplain
Chelsea Whitfield is a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate and Faculty Ministries at NYU. Chelsea is passionate about empowering students for ministry and creating spaces for international students to encounter God and use their gifts to further his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. When she's not on campus, Chelsea can be found at Kopi Kopi, Pokee, or having bubble tea. She would love for you to join her!
Emily Yung, Affiliate Chaplain
Emily is a Campus Staff Member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She grew up in New York City, attended college in Boston, and served as InterVarsity staff at colleges in the Fenway area for 5 years before moving back to New York. She loves mentoring and investing in students who want to learn more about God, God's love for them, and God's purposes in the world. Emily is dedicated to fostering space for students to be curious and ask questions freely. In her downtime, Emily loves biking around and exploring different corners of the city, finding dessert places to try out, and spending time with family and friends.
Judson Memorial Church
Donna Schaper, Partner Chaplain
My life mission is spiritual nurture for public capacity. This mission grounds me in my first love, which is parish ministry. My love of teaching is directly related to this first love: I find it thrilling to be able to reflect on decades of action in the parish with others who are there. I also love teaching people in leadership situations beyond the parish, like community organizations, chaplaincies, and non-profits. Action-reflection is a method I learned at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and I have treasured it ever since. Preaching, pastoring and building community (or rebuilding community) are my strengths and graces. I build good teams with deep benches. When it comes to congregations, I like the self-governing ones the most. They meet my happiness and goal of spiritually well-nurtured people who have great public capacity.
Jane Lee, Affiliate Chaplain
Hello! My name is Jane, and I am a full-time staff with a Christian college movement called SOON Movement (formerly known as KCCC). I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and I decided to become a missionary with SOON after I graduated because my life was so radically changed by the people I've met and the experiences I've had. Fun fact: I worked for one year as an insurance underwriter after college - it had nothing to do with my major but I had an awesome time!
Eunshil Lee, Affiliate Chaplain
One of my greatest desires is to help others genuinely know that they are loved by God as I also found myself in God's great love and His purpose for my life.
Sungmin Kan, Affiliate Chaplain
My name is Sungmin Kang from South Korea. I grew up in a christian family and always wanted to learn about God and the Bible. I came to the states 7 years ago to pursue my study further in Theology. After I finished my degree, I became a christian minister. I love to watch soccer and really enjoy having conversations with those who have different cultural and spiritual backgrounds.
Reformed University Fellowship
Matthew Terrell, Partner Chaplain
Matt hails from Atlanta, GA and is happily married to Megan. They have three children -- Eliot , Zoey and Margaret. Matt has identified as a Christian since a young age and has been serving with RUF in campus ministry since 2012. He enjoys reading, fly fishing, watching Seinfeld, and eating donuts.
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.
Remnant Christian Fellowship
Joel Park, Affiliate Chaplain
Originally from Seattle, WA, Joel moved to New York in 2007 and has been at Remnant Westside Church since 2008. He graduated from New York University in 2010, Fordham Law in 2016, and is currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary. Joel enjoys finding new music, annoying people with his puns, and being God's kid.
Student Christian Movement
F. Romall Smalls, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. F. Romall Smalls has been described as a dynamic preacher, public thinker, educator and social commentator. He is a Senior Affialte Chaplain at New York University (NYU), Pastoral/Spirtual Care Counselor at the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) the nations' larger HIV/AIDS service center and Associate Minister for Social Justice at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY. Through his work with 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 express himself and share encouraging messages and prayers on social media. You can find some of his current and past work from Religion News Service (RNS), The New York Times, Gannett Newspapers and Scholastic News on-line. 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. Rev. Smalls also serves on the Westchester County Youth Advisory Board. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @romall06.
Jared Parsons, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Jared Parsons absolutely loves his job of working with students and sharing the freedom that comes from knowing who Jesus Christ is and the love he showed us. He has worked in full-time Christian ministry for 6 years now, all with his amazingly kind wife Jana. His father started a Christian school for at-risk teens in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska so ministry is in his blood. He enjoys watching soccer, playing basketball, and reading pretty much anything besides romance novels.
Sarah Esselborn, Affiliate Chaplain
Sarah Esselborn is from Katonah, NY. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a bachelor's in Human Physiology with a minor in Public Health. She spent a few years working with the Navigators in Amsterdam developing an international student ministry, followed by a year at her alma mater and is now excited to be on staff with the Navigators at New York University! She loves espresso, biking, a great non-fiction book, sunshine, open-air markets, the beach, exploring new cities, and picnics. Sarah is passionate about investing in and equipping the next generation of laborers to share the gospel in their own countries and contexts.
Brendan Mahar, Affiliate Chaplain
Brendan is a staff member of The Navigators, a Christian fellowship. He grew up in America, England, and Australia. Brendan is not ashamed to be described as a Bible and philosophy nerd.
Benjamin Ness, Affiliate Chaplain
My name is Ben Ness and I love ice cream!
Jana Parsons, Affiliate Chaplain
Jana Parsons grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where she came to know the love of Christ as a teenager. Heading into college she was looking for a community that would support her and help her grow in her faith, which she found when she got connected to The Navigators. Since then it has been her passion to invest in college students the way she was invested in during her collegiate years. Jana loves reading, playing piano, and has traveled to Mongolia twice in her life!
Leann Sebald, Affiliate Chaplain
Leann is a 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 staff with the Navigators Leann is passionate about coming alongside students and to support them as they transition and grow during their time in school. She has a background in the Protestant faith, currently attends a non-denominational church in the city, and has been trained in ministry through The Navigators over the past four years. She was also very involved with Young Life during her high school years. For fun, she loves being creative and can hardly resist engaging in meaningful conversation over a cup of coffee.
Sarah Terning, Affiliate Chaplain
Sarah Terning is a 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 study of scripture and one-on-one discipleship that transformed Sarah’s life and the lives of students around her. Entering into her third year as a Navigator staff member, Sarah is excited to continue supporting students as they grow and learn in the influential city of New York. Her ideal weekend includes picnicking by the Hudson and performing with an orchestra.
Cydney is a recent graduate of Florida State University, where she studied International Affairs and Social Work. She was known as the Christian “good girl” all of her life and thought she had an understanding of what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus until she got involved with The Navigators her second semester of college, when she started to study the Bible more deeply and came to understand the true message of Christ’s love in a whole new way. Cydney comes from a small Georgia town of about 23,000 people and had never visited New York City until the summer of 2017. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the city and to dream of coming back after graduation and walking alongside students, helping them experience the love of Jesus that she has experienced for herself. She brings her love of college football, all things Florida State University, and warm weather with her from the south to the big city.
Youth Evangelical Fellowship
Seungen Yeo, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
She grew up in a family, where her mom was a faithful christian. Nevertheless, her mother’s passionate faith couldn't convince her even though she wanted to be convinced and be a true Christian.Thankfully, her thirstiness wasn't neglected by God and she found the true life and the true joy in God in her sophomore year of university.Her thankful heart is now expressed through campus ministry, where she can help people just like she was found in her very important stage of life. In her free time, she likes to take a walk and talk about daily life and to think upon life-questions that can help people to lead to God.
Sapreet Kaur, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Sapreet was the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition from 2009 until 2017. Presently she serves as a senior strategic advisor on advocacy campaigns, fund development initiatives and manages key client relationships.During her time as Executive Director, Sapreet pursued a series of strategic initiatives, including strengthening the Sikh Coalition’s engagement in California, deepening community relationships through new cutting edge development programs, and scaling the media and communications capacity to meet the needs of the organization’s other advocacy areas. Throughout Sapreet’s tenure, the organizational budget and full-time staff tripled into the largest and most impactful Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. Sapreet now is the Chief Fund Development Officer for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. Previously she served on the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A board, the Sikh Coalition Board of Trustees and the Board for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girls ScoutsSapreet served in the Peace Corps from 1998-2001 in Uganda and Kenya. She is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University, with a dual degree in marketing and international business.
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Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Affiliate Chaplain
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who currently serves as the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media. He enjoys running marathons and spending time with his wife and two daughters.