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.”

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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.

Josh_ProfilePhotoJoshua Cousineau


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.

Sruli PhotoSruli Dresdner


Rabbi Sruli is a native New Yorker who just moved to Maine this summer to become the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in Auburn. He is a very musical Rabbi and plays the clarinet, accordion, drums and banjo (some simultaneously) as well as some wackier instruments. He and his wife, Lisa, have been featured on TV and have performed all over the world and at colleges all over the country. Rabbi Sruli is looking forward to working together with the Bates Hillel and he is always up for a good discussion on everything from Philosophy to Papa Pear. He hopes to welcome students to many special events throughout the year that combine scholarship, music, food, and, of course, Shabbat and Holiday celebrations.

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 pictureJodi Cohen Hayashida

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Dr. Jodi Cohen Hayashida graduated from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in 2000 with a Doctor of Ministry degree, having previously earned a BA in history from the University of New Hampshire. Jodi believes in the centrality of communal worship and has been awarded the Paul Carnes Preaching Prize and Charles Billings Preaching Prize. She was called into settled ministry in Auburn in the summer of 2000. While Jodi does love singing, gardening, and working on her karate and jujitsu skills, she spends most of her non-ministry time with her two wonderful daughters and husband.

Angela Lutzenberger photoAngela Lutzenberger


Angela Lutzenberger has been a practicing Buddhist since 1994, beginning practice and study in the Theravadin tradition while still in High School. She has practiced in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages of Tibetan Buddhism since 1997. 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. She has taught meditation both within her community and to the broader community since around 2002. Angela works as the Inter-Religious Chaplain for Beacon Hospice based in Auburn. 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. She lives with her husband, Toby, in Brunswick.

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.