Associated Chaplains

Bates College has welcomed the following people who serve particular religious communities on our campus. They are approved by the college as volunteer “Associated Chaplains.”

David Bochtler headshot

David Bochtler

Dave has been pastoring in the Lewiston/Auburn area since 1995, and is the Pastor at Grace Community Church in Auburn. He is originally from South Florida and despite their record, still loves the Miami Dolphins. Dave graduated from the University of Maine in 1985 and nine years later, he felt led to pastor a congregation. Dave began distant learning from Dallas Theological Seminary and hosting a small group in his basement. This was just the beginning of a lifelong journey to expand the Kingdom of God through the local church. He lives in Turner with his wife Kim and has 4 adult children. He loves coaching high school sports and golf.

Daphne ClementDaphne Clement

Daphne Clement is a Quaker minister and the Pastor for Durham Friends Meeting, a semi-programed Friends Meeting in Durham Maine. She is also the author of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #376: Group Spiritual Nurture: The Wisdom of Spiritual Listening.  She is an APC, Board Certified Chaplain, and was formerly the Coordinator of Spiritual Care at Hospice Atlanta, Atlanta GA. She received her Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry at the GTU in Berkley CA, and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur GA.

Joshua Cousineau

  • Protestant

Josh is the Pastor for Redemption Hill Community. He and his wife Anna live in Auburn Maine with their four children, and host Redemption Hill’s Auburn area Missional Community. Josh graduated from New England Bible College and has a passion for church planting. He is a writer, blogger, and part of the New England Gospel Alliance.

Kathryn Davis HeadshotKathryn Davis

  • Christian Scientist

Kathryn Davis is a Christian Science healer. Before coming into the practice of Christian Science, Kathryn worked in the healing arts of Ayurvedic Medicine, meditation, and various forms of massage therapy. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School where the focus of her studies was religion and healing with an emphasis on Christian and Hindu practices in the United States and India. Kathryn lives in Auburn with her husband Wesley and their daughter Isabella Rose.

Fr. Paul Dumais

Father Paul Dumais presides at the Catholic Mass on campus. He is a Catholic priest in the Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston. His primary responsibilities there include being the Catholic priest-chaplain at Central Maine Medical Center as well as assisting at the parish. He was ordained as a deacon at the Cathedral parish in Portland and ordained as a priest in 2004 in his hometown of Madawaska, Maine. While he studied Humanities, Theology, and Catholic Culture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he took a short break to work on a farm in Kansas. He has an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and an M.Div. and M.A. in Theology from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. Father Paul has served as a priest and Parochial Vicar in many parishes throughout Maine. He also served as the priest-chaplain of St. Joseph’s College on Sebago Lake and the priest-chaplain to the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. Father Paul enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and loves to discover the varied places of Maine’s landscape and cityscape. He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Bates community and looks forward to conversations of all kinds!

Jodi Hayashida

  • Unitarian Universalist

Reza Jalali HeadshotReza Jalali

Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans (©2001by Elliott Robert Barkan), is a Kurd from Iran. He is a human rights and refugee activist who has lived in Maine since 1985. Jalali is one of the contributing writers to Child Labor: A Global View (©2004, Greenwood Press), the multimedia production Middle East Suitcase Project (©2005, Center for Cultural Exchange), and The World of Child Labor: An Historical and Regional Survey (©2009, M.E. Sharpe Inc.) Jalali wrote the Foreword to New Mainers (©2009, Tilbury House, Publishers) a book on immigrant’s experiences in Maine. His first children book, Moon Watchers, was published by Tilbury House, Publishers in June 2010. Jalali’s forthcoming book, God Speaks in Many Accents, is about the religions that Maine’s immigrants have brought with them to their new home in the U.S. Jalali has been included in “50 In 52 Journey, a national project to name Americans who are problem-solvers, idea-generators in their communities, in their cities, and in their States and are moving America forward. Reza currently teaches Islam at the Bangor Theological Seminary and is employed at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

Hillel KatzirRabbi Hillel Katzir

Rabbi Hillel Katzir is the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center in Auburn. Originally from Los Angeles, he lived in Israel for nine years and practiced law in California and New Mexico for fifteen years before becoming clergy. He spent two years as a cantor in Des Moines, Iowa, and joined Temple Shalom in March, 2003. Rabbi Katzir is available to support the programs of Jewish students at Bates upon request.

Angela Lutzenberger photoAngela Lutzenberger

Angela Lutzenberger has been a practicing Buddhist for 18 years, beginning practice and study in the Theravadin tradition while still in High School. For the past 15 years she has practiced in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. In the summer of 2000 she attended the three-month Vajradhatu Seminary (founded in 1973 by the meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,) an intensive practice and study retreat within her community that prepares a student to practice the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. She studied comparative Religion and Buddhism as an undergraduate and received her Master of Divinity/ Buddhist Studies, with a concentration in Tibetan language, from Naropa University in 2008. She has studied in Tibet, lived at Gampo Abbey, the Buddhist monastery in Cape Breton, and in 2011 spent 3 and a half months in solitary retreat in Vermont. For the last 11 years she has taught meditation both within her community and to the broader community. Angela works as the Bereavement Coordinator and Inter-Religious Chaplain for Beacon Hospice. She previously worked as a Chaplain for the VA in Seattle; working with substance use issues, PTSD, grief issues, sexual trauma and in medical intensive care.

Stephen Saxon

  • Associated Minister of Music, Christian

Stephen, originally from Bronx, N.Y., was the church pianist and choir director for the Brunswick, Maine Naval Air Station Chapel from 1999 until its closing in September 2010. Stephen has also been the choir director of the Bates Gospelaires singing group since September 2009. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he is also a professional composer, producer, arranger and studio recording engineer.

Will Truesdell HeadshotWill Truesdell

Will Truesdell (Bates, 1989; Physics) currently serves as the director of ministry for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. InterVarsity is a ministry dedicated to working alongside students who have an interest in following Jesus and his teachings. Will is especially interested in the connection of the Christian faith to the natural world, and to how we develop and grow in life. In his free time, he enjoys most outdoor activities, especially surfing (yes, even in Maine, even in the winter), hiking, and exploring new places with his wife Lisa and daughter Julia. He and his family live in Wiscasset, Maine.