Office of the Chaplain
A welcome message from our Multifaith Chaplain
As the Multifaith Chaplain at Pacific, I'd like to welcome you to Morris Chapel, Colliver Hall's Sacred Space, and to our offices at Sears Hall. My role, and the role of the staff here, is to help facilitate religious and spiritual life at Pacific in all its many forms. My title as "Multifaith" Chaplain signals that I am here to serve the needs of all students, no matter what your religious tradition or even whether or not you consider yourself religious or spiritual. You should feel completely comfortable approaching me and our staff. We may not have all the answers, but we can hopefully point you in the right direction and work with you through some of your questions. 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.
The Morris Chapel and Sears Hall, along with our designated 'Sacred Space' room in Colliver Hall (beside Morris Chapel), together make up the hub of Religious and Spiritual Life on campus. Our facilities (and us as staff) are here for you. If you have not yet visited us, please stop by anytime. The chapel is open most weekdays for prayer, meditation, and reflection (8am-8pm), and Colliver Hall's Sacred Space can be acessed by your student card (please talk to us for more details). Further, we have a large meeting room, Sears 114, available for meetings and social events.
Please take some time to look around our web pages and see for yourself what we have to offer. If there is anything you cannot find, or you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. Again, we are here to serve you. Our aim is to enrich your larger educational goals and experiences at Pacific.
Dr. Joel Lohr
University Multifaith Chaplain
Director, Religious and Spiritual Life
- Meet the Staff
Dr. Joel Lohr is from Canada, where he was born and raised,
though he holds both Dutch and Canadian citizenship. His MA
and PhD are in Religion and Theology from the University of Durham
in England, and prior to his appointment at Pacific he was a
Visiting Scholar and professor at the University of Toronto.
He has published extensively in his area of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
and the Bible, being the author, co-author, or editor of five books,
and he is passionate about religious diversity and dialogue. 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 six-year daughter whom they describe as "full of life".
Dyan Hollenhorst is the Catholic Chaplain and works directly
with the Newman Catholic Community on campus to provide
services, events, and retreats for students. Dyan was one of
the members of Pacific's 2012 delegation at the Interfaith
Youth Core's Interfaith Leadership Institute.
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.
Christine Osborne is the Chapel Programming Specialist, and is a
resource to students in various religious groups on campus.
Christine was also a member of Pacific's 2012 delegation to the
Interfaith Leadership Institute and works to promote interfaith
dialogue on campus.
- Our Locations
The Religious and Spiritual Life offices are located on the first and second floors of Sears Hall, which is attached to Morris Chapel (see map below).
Sacred Space is located on the first floor of Colliver Hall, which is on the southwest part of the building.
- Mission, Vision, and Assessment
It is our mission to support the spiritual and religious lives of members of the Pacific community and to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop skills in engaging the variety of religious traditions.
It is our vision to have stronger cross-campus and community partnerships, to increase campus religious literacy, to contribute positively to whole-student learning, and to contribute to intercultural development, ethical reasoning, and critical thinking.
Click here to view our student learning outcomes and assessment.