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Assemblies of God (Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship Chaplains)

  1. Blane Young

    Rev. Blane Young

    Chaplain

    202-885-3476

    blane@american.edu

    Reverend Blane Young became the director of American University Chi Alpha in 2014.

He completed an internship (Campus Missionary in Training) with AU Chi Alpha in the 2011-2012 and is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. Blane’s main roles include preaching, teaching, and mentoring / counseling students, all while overseeing the ministry. Before coming to Washington, DC, Blane worked on staff at Family Life Church in Brunswick, GA. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Alabama where he was a National Hispanic Scholar and received a B.A. in religious studies and minored in computer science technology and applications. He also served as student director of Alabama Chi Alpha with his now wife, Hannah. He is an active member in National Community Church and involved heavily in ministry there.

Blane and his wife, Hannah, have a toddler son, Jeremiah, and live in Northwest DC. Blane enjoys finding new podcasts to listen to and sharing them with his son, drinking and making coffee, and discovering the latest technology trends.

Note: During Academic Year 2017-2018, he’ll be off-campus itinerating and pursuing a process within AGUSM and Chi Alpha called National Appointment. He plans to return and resume his role in Fall 2018.

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    Rev. Natalie Hill

    Chaplain

    Reverend Natalie Hill is originally from Buffalo, NY and graduated from American University in 2013 with a B.A. in anthropology.

She did an internship (Campus Missionary in Training) with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at AU in the 2013-2014 school year and came on staff as a Missionary Associate after that. She is a worship leader and is passionate about finding ways to bring art and faith together, specifically through music. She is a certified minister with the Assemblies of God and is also involved in preaching, teaching, and mentoring students. Natalie is also a worship leader at National Community Church and involved in ministry there as well, specifically at the Georgetown campus.

Outside of ministry, Natalie can be found writing songs, reading Steinbeck, drinking coffee, and (unfortunately) cheering for the Buffalo Bills.

Note: During Academic Year 2017-2018, she’ll be serving as the Interim Co-Director for Chi Alpha alongside Josh Jones.

 

Baha'i

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    Donna Denizé

    Chaplain

    AU Phone: x3329
    202-537-6478 (personal)
    donna.denize@cathedral.org

    Donna Denizé, of Haitian-American descent, is the author of the poetry chapbook, "The Lover's Voice" (1997) and a book of poems, "Broken Like Job" (2005).

Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Hungry As We Are; WPFW Poetry Anthology; Weavings 2000, and magazines, Provincetown Arts, Gargoyle, World Order, Innisfree Journal of Poetry, and Orison. She holds degrees from Stonehill College and Howard University, where she was a student of poet Robert Hayden, while he served as Consultant to the Library of Congress. She served two years on The Folger Poetry Board, and has also contributed to scholarly books and journals, including Shakespeare Set Free, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Teacher’s Digest, an educational magazine from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She was also one of eight invited teacher's for The Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s eight part mini-series, In Search of the Novel (aired nationwide, 2000-present).

In 2003, she was awarded by Williams College the George Olmsted Jr., Prize for excellence in secondary teaching, and in 2004, she was appointed to the board of trustees of The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton, Virginia. She currently teaches literature at St. Albans School for Boys, where she has taught Shakespeare, American literature, and freshman English for 20 years, and during the summer, teaches in “The Cathedral Scholars Program,” an outreach program of academic enrichment which serves students from 18 different D.C. public schools.

 

Baptist

  1. Adrien Ngudiankama

    Rev. Adrien Ngudiankama

    Chaplain

    202-885-3329
    240-595-2127 (personal)

    adrienn@american.edu

    Adrien N. Ngudiankama was ordained by the London Baptist Association and the Baptist Union of Great Britain at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London in 1994.

He is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has a Philosophia Masters in Systematic Theology from King’s College and a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from the Institute of Education, London University. He did his Post-doctoral research in anthropology and sociology of religion at the University of Kansas and Princeton University. His interests are in global mission, pastoral counseling, conflict resolution, health promotion, migration, and conflict resolution as related to Africa and the African migrant contexts. He taught sociology and anthropology at Bowie States University, Georges Washington University and the University of Kansas.

Adrien works as the Faith-Based Project Manager with the American Cancer Society. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and of the African Association of Pastoral Care and Counseling. He has been appointed as a regular member for the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Peace. He is also pastor with Salem Gospel Ministries, a church affiliated to the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware.


Buddhist

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    Barbara Kraft

    SGI Buddhist Chaplain

    Email: rchicknel@aol.com

    As a 40 year practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and member of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Barbara has been a Buddhist Chaplain with the Kay Center since 2011.

Through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, people awaken to the dignity and power within, allowing them to transform their lives on the deepest level thereby creating an indestructibly happy life state and desire to contribute to a peaceful society. Barbara has held various responsibilities and leadership roles within SGI and participated in the many SGI activities aimed at fostering peace, culture and education both locally and internationally.

Barbara holds two degrees in Psychology, a Bachelor's Degree from George Washington University and a Masters Degree from Catholic University. During a career in Criminal Justice, she counseled offenders and worked with youth and families. She served as a board member for two DC schools and has worked with a local group of neuropsychologists in coaching and tutoring youth with learning and emotional disabilities. She currently has a private tutoring practice.