Religious Life Staff

Ian Rottenberg

Rev. Dr. Ian Rottenberg
Dean of Religious Life
Director of the Earl Hall Center

Phone: (646) 906-5913
Office Address: 303 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]

Rev. Dr. Rottenberg directs Columbia’s Earl Hall Center for Religious Life. Dean Rottenberg has academic degrees in philosophy and theology from Haverford College, Yale University, and Fordham University. As a leader of faith communities, he is passionate about increasing multi-faith dialogue, promoting mutual understanding, and working to meet the diverse religious needs of our university community. 

Tai Adenekan

Taiwo Adenekan
Departmental Administrator
Phone: (917) 972-4223
Office Address: 202 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]

Tai Adenekan is the Departmental Administrator for the Earl Hall Center and currently supports University Life as a DAF/SBO. In his role, he manages Finance and Operations. Before joining the Earl Hall Center, he worked in the Office of Undergraduate Student Life.

Tai holds degrees in Economics, International Business, Management and Political Science from CUNY and is currently pursuing an MPA degree in Management & Innovation as well as Urban and Social Policy at SIPA, Columbia University.

He enjoys traveling and touring the world as much as he possibly can.

Photo of Imam Ebad Rahman

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]

Imam Ebad(ur) Rahman memorized the Qur’an as a sophomore in high school. He completed a four-year pilot seminary program at Zaytuna Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ebad then earned his B.A from New York University, with a concentration on Islam in America. In May 2021, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on contemporary works of Qur'anic interpretation in the Religion Department at Columbia. 

Tessa McGowan

Tessa McGowan
Religious Life Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5714
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  [email protected]

Tessa McGowan is the Religious Life Coordinator for the Earl Hall Center where she develops interfaith and intercultural programming. Tessa has a Bachelor's degree from McGill University and a Master's degree in religion.

Julian Bennett Holmes

Julian Bennett Holmes
Sacred Music Coordinator
Phone: (917) 885-9034
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]

Julian Bennett Holmes studied with Lowell Liebermann and Richard Danielpour, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in musical composition at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marjorie Merryman. As a teenager, he toured internationally, playing drums in experimental rock bands. 

He has won prizes including the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Young Composer Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, the Mannes College Bohuslav Martinu Prize, and the Second Prize at the Seventh International Antonín Dvorák Composition.

Travis Vidic
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-2184
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  t[email protected]

Travis completed a Bachelor's degree in sociology at Columbia University's School of General Studies, and recently finished a Master's program in the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies writing a thesis under Dr. Farah Griffin entitled "In Windsweep: The Ontology of Riot and its Legibility."

He has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the various students and Religious Life community members throughout his time at the Department, and enjoys live music and cycling in his off-time.