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 Christian Scientist Chaplain Joan Echols

Joan Echols

Christian Scientist Chaplain
AU Phone: x1881

Presbyterian Chaplain Quinn Fox

Quinn Fox

Presbyterian Chaplain
AU Phone: x3329

Quinn Fox grew up in the Chicago area and attended Colorado College, where he majored in history and played on a nationally-ranked Division III football team; during his college years he was active in Young Life leadership. Upon graduation he spent 8 months in the Philippines with Young Life before enrolling at Fuller Theological Seminary. After four years of study—with a 15-month stint directing the high school ministry at 1st Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs—he received the M.Div. and M.A. degrees. He was ordained as Associate Chaplain at Whitworth College (Spokane, WA) a Presbyterian school, where he served four years. From there Quinn pursued his graduate education, earning a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in the History of Christian Thought.

Quinn has served churches in Southern California, Washington State, Texas and Colorado. As Associate Pastor for Adult Education at 1st Presbyterian Colorado Springs he directed one of the largest adult education programs in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was invited to join the denomination’s Office of Theology and Worship in 2007 to direct a Lilly Endowment-funded program for new pastors; he contributed to the denomination’s report on Christian-Muslim relations to the General Assembly in 2010. In 2011 Quinn moved to Washington to become the Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Christian Formation at National Presbyterian Church (4101 Nebraska Ave., NW). Quinn taught as an adjunct professor for Fuller Seminary’s Colorado Springs Campus from 1997 to 2012 (church history, historical and systematic theology, homiletics and Presbyterian polity); in 2011 he was Visiting Professor of Church History at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt.

In addition to his responsibilities at National Presbyterian Church he serves as an Associate Director for the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology and is active in the National Capital Presbytery. He regularly teaches Bible classes and leads a weekly book discussion group at National Presbyterian. He is particularly interested in the intersection of faith and popular culture, and has taught classes on “The Gospel According to Downton Abbey” and “Looking for God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.”

Quinn enjoys books and reading, great movies and films, and a wide variety of foods (and travel to their country of origin); he wishes there was more time to write. He likes all kinds of exercise, but would rather hike in the Rocky Mountains than shovel snow off his driveway in Bethesda! Quinn has been married to Nancy for over 36 years; they have two adult children in their 20’s.

 United Methodist Chaplain Rev. Joey Heath

Rev. Joey Heath

United Methodist Chaplain
AU Phone: x3304
Personal Phone:

Rev. Joey Heath is the United Methodist Chaplain at American University.  He was raised in southern Georgia and attended college at Valdosta State University, majoring in political science. After changing a previous plan to attend law school, he spent several years working a variety of jobs from camp counselor to working on cruise ships. In 2008 he felt God leading him to be a part of being change in the church as a pastor. In response he enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary and began a Master of Divinity degree. In 2012 Joey graduated and began his first appointment at Stone Chapel UMC in New Windsor, MD. This was followed by three years at Silver Spring UMC as the associate pastor. Joey’s passion in ministry is to see life changing transformation in the world and to be the church where all are welcomed and embraced for exactly who God has created each one to be.

 Baptist Chaplain Adrien Ngudiankama

Adrien Ngudiankama

Baptist Chaplain
AU Phone: x3329
Personal Phone: (240) 595-2127
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Adrien N. Ngudiankama is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was ordained by the London Baptist Association and the Baptist Union of Great Britain at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London in 1994. He has a Philosophia Masters in Systematic Theology from King’s College and a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from the Institute of Education, London University. He did his Post-doctoral research in anthropology and sociology of religion at the University of Kansas and Princeton University. His interests are in global mission, pastoral counseling, conflict resolution, health promotion, migration, and conflict resolution as related to Africa and the African migrant contexts. He taught sociology and anthropology at Bowie States University, Georges Washington University and the University of Kansas.

Adrien works as the Faith-Based Project Manager with the American Cancer Society. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and of the African Association of Pastoral Care and Counseling. He has been appointed as a regular member for the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Peace. He is also pastor with Salem Gospel Ministries, a church affiliated to the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware.

 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Chaplain Kevin Offner

Kevin Offner

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Chaplain
AU Phone: x3329
Personal Phone: (202) 546-3326

Kevin Offner has been on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 27 years, serving at Harvard University, M.I.T, and Brown University, and currently at five universities in the Greater Washington, DC area. He is also working on his Ph.D at The Catholic University of America, focusing on the Early Church Fathers. He has been involved in many Catholic-Protestant dialogues and is writing his doctoral dissertation on Saint Augustine, showing how both Catholics and Protestants have drawn deeply from this man's writings.

Kevin has been married to Amy for 16 years and they have a six year old son, David. Kevin currently serves as an elder in the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America), at Grace Presbyterian Church, which meets in Chinatown in Washington, DC. The Offners live on Capitol Hill and enjoy exercising their gifts of hospitality with the students to whom they minister.

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Tom Omholt

Lutheran Chaplain
AU Phone: x3329
Personal Phone: (202) 966-5489

Tom is a native New Yorker who served a congregation in Brooklyn, NY for nine years, and is now serving his twenty-eighth year as the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 4900 Connecticut Avenue NW. He is the part-time Lutheran chaplain at American University, and has served in that capacity for about thirteen years. In his own words "what a joy, and a challenge it continues to be to care for my own congregation, and to reach out to the wonderful students at AU with the Good News of the Gospel as well."

He remains a die-hard Yankees and Giants fan. He is married to Barbara and has one adult son and a golden retriever. He loves sports, good restaurants, and their house at Deep Creek Lake, MD.

 Campus Crusade for Christ Andrew and Karlayne Powars

Andrew and Karlayne Powars

Campus Crusade for Christ

 Episcopal/Anglican Chaplain Carolyn Seaton

Carolyn Seaton

Episcopal/Anglican Chaplain
Interfaith Council Advisor
AU Phone: x3329
Personal Phone: (301) 585-2063

Carolyn Seaton has served as Episcopal-Anglican Chaplain at the Kay Center since 2002. She loves every minute of her time there, because the Kay students and staff are vitally involved in strengthening their connections to their own faith traditions while learning about others and working together for the greater good of the AU community, as well as the world outside its gates. She has a B.A. in Literature, a Master's degree in Mental Health from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and currently studies at Wesley Theological Seminary next door.

She has worked as a writer, teacher, and counselor, particularly with high school and college students, most recently at George Washington University, the College Preparatory program at Georgetown University, and as a tutor in private practice. She is a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in D.C., is married, and has two daughters in college. She travels anytime she can, loves visiting new cities, reading international fiction, discussing theology, and music of many varieties.

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Sylstea Sledge

Gospel Choir Chaplain and Director
AU Phone: x3329
Personal Phone: (301) 805-5627

Sylstea C. Sledge, music educator and composer, is a native of Washington, DC. He is the only son of proud parents, Tammah L. Sledge and the late Sylister Sledge. The musical talents of playing the piano and making up songs were discovered very early when Sylstea would visit his Uncle Elisha’s and Aunt Emma’s house and play on their old up-right piano. His musical talents were also nurtured in the Sunday School Department at the Trinidad Baptist Church and the Guiding Star Baptist Church. While continuing to build a stronger musical foundation, blessed teachers: Rev. Rosalynd Reed-Walker, Professor Bernard Barbour, Mrs. Beatrice Gilkes and Dr. Raymond Jackson were among the first inspiring mentors.

Professionally, Sylstea holds a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and a Master’s of Music Education from the University of Arkansas. He is a former music teacher of the Prince George’s County Public School System, Adjunct Professor at American University-Gospel Choir, full-time Minister of Music at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, Virginia, Member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

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Blane Young

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship Chaplains
AU Phone: x3476