A staff of affiliated chaplains represents several faiths on campus including Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish (Chabad & Hillel), United Methodist, Presbyterian (PCUSA/UKirk and PCA/Reformed University Fellowship). Each affiliated chaplain or director provides worship opportunities, counseling, study, action, retreats, and fellowship for his/her constituency. Together the staff of affiliated chaplains cooperates with the Office of Religious Life in offering programs of ecumenical and interfaith interest to the Vanderbilt community.
Affiliated Chaplains and Directors
The Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life on campus is a vibrant community that provides many opportunities for Jewish experience – spiritual, intellectual, social, communal. We are committed to the diversity of religious expression within Judaism, and we embrace and seek interfaith understanding among the many traditions represented at Vanderbilt.
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Father Michael Fye
University Catholic Chaplain
University Catholic is a ministry to the Catholic university students in Nashville. The community’s identity is rooted in our mission to propose Jesus Christ and to form his disciples. We find the means to do this in the traditions of the Catholic Church’s worship, spirituality, and intellectual life. Fr. Michael Fye was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nashville in 2014 and has served as chaplain since 2015. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum and then the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he attended the pontifical universities of the Holy Cross and St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).
Presbyterian (USA) Chaplain and UKirk Nashville Minister
I was born in our nation’s capital and lived in various cities in Florida but primarily grew up around the lakes, where I fell in love with rowing. Don’t hold it against me, but I rowed at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. A couple years later, after living and working in Colorado, a few good road trips, and some overseas backpacking, I went to seminary at Duke, where I focused on pastoral care, social issues and reformed worship. I have had a decade of great ministry experiences, including working with youth and young adults, at academies and camps, in hospitals, and learning with people living with HIV/AIDs, as well as worshipping with some wonderful Presbyterian churches. Most recently I finished a year working as a chaplain at a brand new children’s hospital, which gave me the hours and space to finish a certification for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, while doing some pastoral supply work in my home church and presbytery. I am new to Nashville and look forward to knowing the city more! Feel free to reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Nancy Hawthorne Parker
United Methodist Chaplain and Vanderbilt Wesley Fellowship Pastor
Nancy is a creative and energetic pastor in the United Methodist Church and began working with Vandy Wesley in 2016. She also spends her time as the young adult pastor at West End UMC across the street from Alumni Lawn. Nancy frequently breaks into song and laughter. When she’s not pastorin’ you could find her taking voice classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, interviewing people for her podcast, or kayaking down the Harpeth.
Nancy has a Bachelors of Arts in music from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is married to Geoff who works to create young adult ministry resources at The Upper Room.
Join Vandy Wesley for free food and worship at the Divinity School Reading Room (next to Benton Chapel) on Tuesday nights from 6-7pm. Also, the best way to get to know someone is over coffee or ice cream — so we should do that sometime — my treat!
Check out Vandy Wesley’s page on Facebook.
Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein
Rabbi Rothstein was raised in Baltimore, MD, the oldest of eight children. He traveled the world for school, living in Chicago, Montreal, Melbourne, and New York before landing in Tennessee.
The Chabad Jewish Student Center at Vanderbilt University is based on the ideology of Chabad and fueled by the inspiration and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, which have at their foundation the encompassing mitzvah “to love every Jew as one loves himself” and the mandate to concretize that love with Acts of Kindness and Mitzvahs. It’s our belief that every individual Jew has an indispensable contribution to make to the totality of the Jewish people. Chabad welcomes all Jews at their own pace and comfort level through innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.
Richie is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He and Laura met in college and were married in 2000. He graduated from Belmont University and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 2004 he graduated from RTS with an Masters of Divinity. He ministered as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, MS from 2004-2007 before becoming the Assistant Pastor to Young Adults at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2009, Richie was called to be the Senior Pastor at IPC where he served until 2015. In 2015 Richie was called to RUF at Vanderbilt. Richie and Laura have three children, Mamie, Griffin, and Margaret.
Check out RUF’s page on Facebook!
Rev. Becca Stevens, M.Div.
Episcopal Campus Chaplain
St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt Campus is a vibrant and hard working community of people that consists of students, faculty, and staff as well as about 200 people from the greater Nashville Community. We provide opportunities for worship, fellowship, learning and outreach to anyone who is interested.
Rev. Thom Thornton
Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) exists to help students and the university community know God through Bible study, worship and discipleship and to make God known through fellowship, community ministry, outreach and missions. Come join us on Thursday nights at 8:15 at the BCM for our weekly worship/Bible study or just stop by the building. Our doors are always open to you. Grace and peace.
Check out BCM’s page on Facebook.