Religious Life Advisers
Religious Groups at Columbia University
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 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
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
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.
Shabbat: Sundown on Fridays; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.
Daily 7:45 a.m. and sundown
Shabbat: Sundown on Fridays; Saturdays, 9:15 a.m.
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.
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 works with Cru, a non-denominational 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.
101 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Web: Facebook.com/ColumbiaCanterbury and canterburynyc.org/uptown-home
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
Meetings: Wednesdays afternoons
Location: Earl Hall
Anne Klaeysen is an Ethical Culture Leader (clergy) who serves the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, as well as M.A.’s 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 is co-dean of The Humanist Institute, serves on the boards of Sunday Assembly NYC and The Encampment for Citizenship, 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.
Sunita is committed to helping Hindu students learn more about their practices and is passionate about doing to doing seva (service) in the world so that the neediest and voiceless are empowered and can thrive. She is the cofounder of Women for Afghan Women (in 2001), Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus (in 2011), and Hindus for Human Rights (in 2019). Sunita was honored by President Obama at the White House in 2015 as a “Champion of Change” for her work. Sunita has edited “Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future” (Palgrave McMillan, 2003), a book of essays.
Bhajans: Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Choir Room, St. Paul's Chapel
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 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.
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.
Salat (Daily Prayer): 110 Earl Hall
Jumu’ah (Friday Prayers) 1:15–2:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall Auditorium
Thursdays 7:00–8:30 p.m.
(Subject to change based on Maghreb prayer times)
Location: Earl Hall Prayer Room
Mondays 7:00–8:30 p.m.
(Subject to change based on Maghreb prayer times)
Location: Earl Hall Prayer Room
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.
Andria C. Stewart is currently the Religious Life Advisor (RLA) to the Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) group at Columbia University. ACF is the official organization for Adventist campus ministry on non-Adventist college and university campuses within the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists, including the US, Canada, Bermuda, and Guam. Currently, ACF is a network of over one hundred chapters across the North American Division.
As an RLA, she creates and curates a collegiate community where Seventh-day Adventist students can explore their faith, engage interfaith and social justice initiatives, form amazing friendships, and deepen their relationship with God. She is available to students during the academic year, to meet one-on-one or in a group setting to listen, offer insight, and help them discern where and how God is at work in their lives. Andria is a big believer in the power of chocolate, hugs, and humor, so when you see her be on the lookout for a hug and smile—except now with COVID-19, she has to settle for waving hello and sending virtual hugs.
Simran Jeet Singh
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.