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Overview

Gallaudet University understands that a diversity of religious faiths helps deepen our spiritual development and educational experience. The Office of Campus Ministries (OCM), a unit of Student Affairs, exists to serve and minister to the entire Gallaudet University community.

The Office of Campus Ministries’ (OCM) chaplains and staff are recognized by the University as religious workers to serve and minister on campus. They serve in various ways:

  • Foster moral and spiritual development within the community
  • Lead worship services
  • Offer pastoral counseling, encouragement, and solace
  • Explain the beliefs and practices of their faith to those who inquire
  • Coordinate interfaith activities that promote social justice and diversity awareness

OCM offices are located on the first floor of the Ely Center, in Rooms 114-119. The Spirituality Space is on the lower level of the Student Activities Center, Room L001, near the Rathskellar.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Programs

Assemblies of God Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Assemblies of God campus ministry is Sharon Ellis Sandoval, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 114.
Baptist Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Baptist campus ministry is LeeAnn Carrera, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 114.
Catholic Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Catholic campus ministry is Fr. Min Seo Park, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 118.
Christian and Missionary Alliance
The chaplain for the Christian and Missionary Alliance campus ministry is Bruce Persons, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 116.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints campus ministry is Eric Spanbauer, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 119.
Episcopal Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Episcopal campus ministry is vacant.
Hillel: Organization for Jewish Campus Life
The program director for Hillel is Hillel Goldberg, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 117.
Lutheran Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Lutheran campus ministry is the Vicar Andy Petajan, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 118.
Methodist Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Methodist campus ministry is Leo Yates, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 117.
Seventh-day Adventist Campus Ministry
The chaplain for the Seventh-day Adventist campus ministry is Francisca Trexler, whose office is at the Ely Center, room 119.

Support

FAQs

Common Questions
The University and the Office of Campus Ministries (OCM) staff are sensitive to the spiritual concerns of every member of the campus community and always endeavor to assist students in meeting their spiritual needs. Some faiths which are amply represented in the student body may not have an OCM chaplain simply because established organizations representing those faiths may not have offered to provide qualified workers to serve the Gallaudet community. Please note that denominations and religious organizations which seek to serve the Gallaudet community must apply for permission from the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services. These religious organizations, and the workers who represent them, must meet certain requirements in order to insure the integrity of the ministry and tranquility of the campus community. Students who seek fellowship in their own faith may do so either by meeting together on campus as a student-led organization, or by connecting with other off-campus community religious services.
The Spirituality Space (SAC L001) is always open. Whenever the Spirituality Space is not being used by OCM staff for scheduled group activities, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come into the Spirituality Space for private meditation.
No, the Office of Campus Ministries (OCM) chaplains are each supported by their own religious organizations, not by the University. OCM chaplains serve as guests of the University.
Policies and Information
The University encourages students who share common concerns, including religious concerns, to meet for mutual support. However, any group wanting to meet in classrooms, conference rooms, or public areas on campus, must go through regular channels to schedule their meeting space. Also, please let the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services know about your activity, so they can respond appropriately to any questions yoou may have.
If you are part of the Gallaudet campus community and you would like to use the Spirituality Space (SAC L001) for a special event, contact the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services.
Gallaudet is a private university that seeks to protect the rights and privacy of its students. The Office of Campus Ministries, working under the Office of Student Affairs and Academic Support, strives to address the spiritual needs of the campus community, free of intimidation. If you are witness to visitors aggressively promoting their religion or other such intimidating activities, please notify the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services. Any visitor who behaves in a way that disrupts the campus community will be instructed to leave.
You can contact the following people to report problems concerning campus ministries:
  • OCM Liaison Chaplain
  • Interim Dean of Student Affairs
  • Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services
Please also contact us for more information.

Contact Us

Office of Campus Ministries

Carl Pramuk

Ely Center 114 - 119

(202) 510-9594

(202) 651-5144

(202) 651-5651

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