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Meet the Staff

Our role as staff is to cultivate religious and spiritual life at Pacific in all its many forms. We are here to serve the needs of all students, no matter what your religious tradition or even if you don't consider yourself religious or spiritual at all. While we make no claim to have all of life's answers, we can probably point you in the right direction, provide resources for you, and work with you through the questions that will inevitably arise as you grow through university. We can also help you find people or groups who share your interests. Our hope is that in doing so you will find a level of fulfillment, understanding, and perhaps meet other people who you can journey with in the questions of life.

Drop by our offices in Sears Hall, connected to Morris Chapel, to meet us. If you haven't yet been in our buildings or met us, rest assured that we are a friendly, welcoming group of caring people, and we're not here to convert you or pressure you into anything. We're here to serve you and hopefully help inspire you to live a meaningful life--whoever you are and whatever your path.

  • Joel N. Lohr 

    Joel N. Lohr is the Dean of Religious Life. He is originally from Canada, and grew up near the shores of Lake Erie in a diverse family of Dutch immigrant parents, three siblings from Laos, two siblings from Bangladesh, three step-siblings, and one biological brother. He is a first generation college graduate with a BA in Religious Studies (Trinity Western University, Canada) and he went on to earn an MA and PhD in Religion and Theology (University of Durham, England). Prior to his appointment at Pacific he completed a two-year postdoc at University of Toronto, where he then served as a Visiting Scholar. His research focuses on Jewish-Christian Dialogue, the Bible, and the Abrahamic Traditions more generally. He is the author or editor of a number of books (see below), most recently an edited collection of senior biblical scholars' short autobiographies. As the Dean of Religious Life, Joel is passionate about religious diversity, dialogue, and interreligious relations. He is also deeply committed to whole person development, particularly as part of higher education. He is married to Teresa, an occupational therapist, and they have a young daughter. As a proud one-car family, they live close to campus from where Joel walks to work each day.

    For more information on Dr. Lohr, see his CV and books.

  • Laura Steed 

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    Laura Steed is the Assistant Multifaith Chaplain at Pacific. She is a member of the United Methodist Church and is pursuing ordination as a United Methodist Elder. Laura is originally from the Midwest and attended the University of Indianapolis, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. Laura then completed a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. While at Duke, Laura was involved in several ministries opportunities and has since that time completed a Clinical Pastoral Education program at the UCSF Medical Center. At Pacific, she provides spiritual care and support to individuals and student groups or programs, such as Interfaith Council, Spirit and Pride, and the United Methodist Bishop's Scholars Program.

  • Jan Wammack 

    Jan Wammack is the Wedding and Events Coordinator for Morris Chapel. Jan oversees all the events booked in the chapel, including: weddings, memorials, baptisms, quinceañeras, student events, and weekly services.

  • Dyan Hollenhorst 

    Dyan Hollenhorst is the Catholic Chaplain at Pacific. Dyan was born and raised in the central valley of California. She is married to her husband, Glen, and together they have five grown children. As her children grew Dyan returned to school (California State University, Stanislaus) as a non-traditional student to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She went on to earn two graduate degrees, a Master of Theological Studies and a MA in Ministry for a Multicultural Church, from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Dyan is employed by the Diocese of Stockton to work directly with the Newman Catholic Community to encourage faith, fellowship, and spiritual growth on campus.

  • Ralph Roberts 

    Ralph Roberts is a Campus Minister and the Team Leader for InterVarsity on campus. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Ralph now calls Stockton home. Ralph graduated from Pacific with a Bachelor of Music degree, where he also met his wife Julie. He is currently pursuing an MA in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary), and is passionate about developing and empowering student leadership. In his free time Ralph enjoys books, board games, and conversation over a great cup of coffee.

  • R.J. Aitken 


    R.J. Aitken is a Campus Minister with InterVarsity, where he serves as especially with Greek InterVarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Black Campus ministries. R.J. is a 2013 graduate of Pacific where he majored in Sports Science, and minored in Business Administration and Public Affairs. He is the Chapter Advisor (and proud alum) of Pi Kappa Alpha, and is also a pastor at First Baptist Church of Stockton. R.J. enjoys helping college students make adult decisions about faith, developing values-based leadership in students, exercising, discussing current events, and trying local restaurants.

  • Colin McInnis 

    Colin McInnis is the Western Religions Inclusion Coordinator (Student Worker) at Pacific. He is studying Speech Language Pathology and hopes to graduate through the Masters program here at Pacific and become a Speech Therapist. Born and raised in Stockton, CA, he is excited to join the tiger community and help be a bridge between the religious faiths. Colin is passionate about developing the interfaith community at Pacific, but also helping others find their own niche within religious and spiritual life. In his spare time he plays for the Pacific rugby team, reading, or volunteering throughout the Stockton community.

  • Danish Farzad 

    Danish Farzad is the Service and Social Justice Advocate (Student Worker) at Pacific. Please email religiouslife@pacific.edu to contact Danish and to learn more about her important work at Pacific.

  • Vinh Truong 

    Vinh Truong is the Eastern Religions Inclusion Coordinator (Student Worker) at Pacific. Please contact us at religiouslife@pacific.edu to contact Vinh and to learn more about him and his work.