Religious Life Advisers

Religious Life Advisers are local faith leaders who partner with The Office of Religious Life to ensure that students are supported in their diverse traditions and practices. While they are not staff members of the university, our advisers nonetheless play a deeply meaningful role within our community. They offer support during times of celebration, crisis, and everyday life, expanding the university’s unique network of care. Recognized student groups may work with our office to assess student needs, consider potential advisers, and complete an official application process that may lead toward recognition for the academic year.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, most if not all of the groups are no longer meeting at their regular location, but are meeting online. 

Religious Life Advisers on the steps to Earl Hall.

Religious Groups at Columbia University

Kevin Neimann

Email:  [email protected]

Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Spanish minor from Texas A&M University in 1995 where he served as a resident director of one of the school’s oldest residence halls. Since graduating, he has served in campus ministry at Texas Tech University, Samara State University in Samara, Russia and Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Kevin and his family returned to Texas in 2009 to work with Bridges International – a ministry to provide service opportunities, social networking and spiritual resources for international students. In 2012, Kevin moved with his wife and two children to New York City to launch Bridges International at Columbia University and NYU. In 2014, Kevin received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, discovering new cultures, hanging out with his two children and exploring the history and culture of New York City.

Rev. Doyeon Park
108 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: [email protected]
Web: CUBA Facebook Page
Weekly Meditation: Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall, Dodge Room

Rev. Doyeon Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. She has served as the Buddhist Religious Life Advisor at Columbia University since 2011. She is also the Buddhist chaplain at New York University and a minister at the Manhattan Won Buddhist Temple.

Inspired by the Buddhist idea of inner freedom and happiness, Rev. Park started her monastic training in 1998. She graduated from Dept. of Won Buddhism, Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea and earned an M.A. in Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She received full ordination in 2007.

Rabbi Yehuda Drizin
Email:  [email protected]

Naomi Drizin
Email:  [email protected]

Shabbat Meals and Services: Friday and Saturday Nights
Location: 625 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025

Rabbi Yuda Drizin grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. He studied in yeshiva abroad in Paris, Israel and Argentina before returning to New York to receive his rabbinical ordination. He loves to connect with people of all ages, stages and backgrounds to discuss Jewish thought, share inspiration and best of all to just schmooze over coffee.

Naomi Drizin was raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. After completing her schooling, she taught for three years at Beth Rivkah girls high school before beginning a masters program at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She ensures that everyone who walks through the door at Chabad feels comfortable and welcome with her enthusiasm and warm smile.

Father Dan O’Reilly
Email:  [email protected]
106 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Catholic Mass: Monday–Friday, 12:15–1:00 p.m., Sundays, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel

Fr. Dan O’Reilly has been the director of Columbia Catholic Ministry since 2011 and the administrator of Corpus Christi Church since 2013. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, he attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning an M.A. in theology and divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was ordained a priest in 2003. He has served as parochial vicar at Resurrection Church in Rye, Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, Spiritual Director for the St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, and Catholic Campus Minister at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. During the academic year, office hours are from 1-2pm in 110 Earl Hall every Monday to Friday.

Rabbi Yonah Hain
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Sign up to schedule a meeting with Rabbi Hain.

Prayer Schedule:
Conservative Jewish
Shabbat: Sundown on Fridays; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.
Orthodox Jewish
Daily 7:45 a.m. and sundown
Shabbat: Sundown on Fridays; Saturdays, 9:15 a.m.
Reform Jewish
Shabbat: Fridays, 6:15 p.m.

Location:  The Kraft Center
606 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10027

As campus rabbi of Columbia University, Yonah Hain guides the educational, interfaith and religious initiatives of Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s robust Jewish community. Yonah is passionate about Jewish thought, and specializes in text study and religious law in particular. He started at Columbia in 2007 and also worked for three years downtown at New York University. Yonah received his B.A. in Talmudic Literature and ordination from Jerusalem’s rabbinic court. He currently lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Elana, and their two children, Azzan and Navon. Yonah is on campus full-time with an office at the Kraft Center. 

Rev. Daniel Lee
Email: [email protected]
Bible Study: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lerner 302

Pastor Daniel Lee has served as Religious Life Advisor at the Columbia/Barnard Compass Christian Koinonia for over twelve years, and also pastors a local Baptist Church. He received degrees from UC Berkeley, UC Hastings Law School, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His religious interests include constructive theology and the integration of faith/work.

Vicky Samaritano

Email:  [email protected]



Vicky works with Cru, an interdenominational Christian organization for students and other segments of society around the world. She’s been working with undergrad and grad students at Columbia since 2004 and in 2018 began investing in the faculty community through an initiative called The Faculty Roundtable. She loves coming alongside students and faculty serving as a safe place to listen, process, and support them in their spiritual and academic journeys. She also enjoys working alongside her fellow Cru staff at Columbia who lead an arm of our global organization called Soon Movement (KCCC). She is available to meet by appointment throughout the week. 

Ryan Kuratko
101 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: [email protected]
Web: and
Eucharist: Sundays, 6:15 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel
Noonday Prayer: Once a week
Office Hours: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 101 Earl Hall 

The Rev. Ryan Kuratko is fascinated by the multi-dimensional formation of higher education. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 2006, he has more than 12 years of experience leading, teaching, and shaping Christian communities interested in compassion and justice. He is drawn to the generous Episcopal traditions that value everyday spirituality, rich diversity, and humor.

Ryan received a BA in philosophy from Northwestern University, an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Emory University in religion, with an added concentration in the study of religious practices.

Dr. Anne Klaeysen
101 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: [email protected]
Meetings: Wednesdays afternoons
Location: Earl Hall

Anne Klaeysen, a religious humanist clergy leader, is Leader Emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, as well as master’s degrees in German from the State University of NY at Albany (SUNYA) and business administration from New York University (NYU). She also received a B.A. from SUNYA. Dr. Klaeysen serves on the advisory council of the Center for Education of the American Humanist Association, co-chairs The Encampment for Citizenship board, and participates in several interfaith social justice coalitions. She has been a Religious Life Adviser since August 2010. Her office hours are Wednesdays, noon to 5 pm, in Earl Hall room 101.

Randy De los Santos
Email: [email protected]

In 2004, Randy moved from the Philippines to New York City and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at St. John’s University. He became involved in campus ministry as an international student where God touched his life. This experience planted a desire in him to see college campuses transformed to be a place where Jesus reigns. After graduating, he worked as a Pharmacist by day and a voluntary campus minister by night for 8 years. He then left the marketplace to be a full time campus missionary with Every Nation Campus in obedience to God's call on his life. 

Randy and his wife, Selene, are living in the Upper West Side with their two spunky kids where they continue to minister and serve a diverse group of college students in the influential city of New York. Their mission is to help NYC college students KNOW God, LIVE for Jesus, and CHANGE the world!

Luke Speckman
Email: [email protected]
Weekly Fellowship: Wednesdays, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Chapel

Calvin Chan — Undergraduate  Students
101 Earl Hall, MC 2003
Email: [email protected]

Hon Eng — Graduate Students
101 Earl Hall, MC 2003
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 646-715-6079

Calvin Chan is a Campus Staff Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music. He loves having conversations about emotionally healthy spirituality, studying the Bible as a unified story that points to Jesus, and living simply in order to decrease environmental impact and increase overall human flourishing. Calvin is available to meet by appointment from Monday through Friday.

Hon Eng did his undergraduate studies at Drew University.  He received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology in New Testament Studies from McMaster Divinity College. He has served InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Columbia for 20 years.  Currently, his ministry focuses on graduate students and faculty.  He is available for appointments from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

Becca Seely
Email: [email protected]

The Rev. Becca Seely is a campus pastor who works with college and graduate students throughout New York City.  Locally, she serves as pastor of LaMP (Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians & Friends), a progressive Protestant campus ministry in Morningside Heights.  She was not raised in church and first began to explore questions of faith when she was in college. As a result, Becca is particularly passionate about working with young adults who are asking questions about God and what gives our lives meaning and purpose. She love hearing people's stories, learning new things and discovering the unexpected ways God is working in the world around us. In her free time, she enjoys running and biking in Central Park, hanging out with her wife, Abby, and planning elaborate theme parties. Becca is an active member of Proclaim, the professional community for LGBTQ Lutheran clergy.  She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

Aharon Grossman

Email:  [email protected] 

Rabbi Aharon Grossman serves as director of MEOR at Columbia as well as co-director of MEOR at Rutgers. After graduating Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah in Richmond Hill, NY, Aharon spent three years studying and teaching Judaism in Jerusalem. Returning to the US, he completed his masters degree in rabbinics and talmudic studies at Beth Medrash Govoha. He leads classes on authentic Jewish values and culture at various sites throughout the New York region, and co-directs a yearly Jewish studies seminar each summer out West. He loves hiking, cross-country skiing, and sharing Shabbos meals with students and friends.  

Ebad Rahman
Muslim Life Coordinator
Phone: (347) 266-1425
Office Address: 110 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:  2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  [email protected]

Salat (Daily Prayer): 110 Earl Hall
Jumua (Friday Prayers) 1:15–2:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall Auditorium
Thursdays 7:00–8:30 p.m. 
Location: Earl Hall Auditorium 

Eric Lipscomb
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 804-363-4333
Meetings: Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Varies by week, email [email protected] for location.

Andrew Terrell
Email: [email protected]


Rev. Eric Lipscomb received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and his Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, and has served as the RUF Campus Minister at Columbia since 2014. He enjoys processing questions of life and faith with students, and is available to meet by appointment throughout the week.   

Andrew Terrell has served in religious organizations in Madrid, Spain and now in New York City (since 2015). As the Campus Minister for international students with RUF International (RUF-I), Andrew’s heart is to unite his love for cross-cultural community with his love for the Christian faith. In creating a welcoming space for those who are far from home, RUF-I at Columbia aims to display the hospitality of God to all people. Andrew studied at Reformed Theological Seminary of NYC and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. When he’s not with international students, you can find Andrew with his wife Olivia, chasing their two young boys around Central Park.

Stephen Erich

Email:  [email protected]

Stephen Erich is a college chaplain for students in New York City. In May ’21, Stephen graduated with an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School, where he organized a conference on mass incarceration and was an editor for the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Prior to Yale, Stephen studied international business and received an MBA from Andrews University. Stephen has worked on religious and human rights issues in over 15 states and 5 countries. He currently attends a Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Upper East Side and enjoys hosting friends at his home in Lincoln Square.

Simran Jeet Singh
Email:  [email protected]
Location: Earl Hall 108

Simran holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and he is the author of “Covering Sikhs,” a guidebook to help journalists accurately report on the Sikh community. Simran has taught various courses, including introductions to the Sikh, Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist traditions, and he has received various accolades and awards for his teaching and justice work. Most recently he received the prestigious Peter Gomes Memorial Award from Harvard Divinity School, the Walter Wink Scholar-Activist from Auburn Seminary, the Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching from Columbia University, Educator of the Year from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, and the Community Pillar Award from the Northside Education Foundation.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Simran is a diehard Spurs fan and avid marathoner. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Manhattan, New York.