Bates College has welcomed the following people as volunteer “Associated Chaplains.” They serve particular religious communities on our campus. If you are looking to connect with someone from a particular religious tradition, this is a good place to start. If you do not find someone from your religious tradition, please contact the Multifaith Chaplains for assistance.
Sara earned her Master’s Degree in Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School, located in Newton, Massachusetts. She also attended Bangor Theological Seminary, where she was honored in 2013 with the Eleanor Humey Hanes award for social justice. She is currently the Director of Youth Ministry at First Congregational Church, South Portland UCC and is ordained to the Christian ministry by the United Church of Christ. Sara lives in Auburn, Maine with her husband Jeremiah, their two boys, Joshua (age 12) and Tristan (age 3), their dog (Amelia), and cat (Merlin). Sara enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.
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 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.
Rabbi Sruli is a native New Yorker who recently moved to Maine 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.
Deacon candidate Frank became involved with college ministry while earning his Master of Pastoral Theology degree from Saint Joseph’s College, where he received the Spirit of Mercy Award and the Xavieran Award for Service. He and his wife Barbara have served in a broad array of church ministries and community service as they lived around the USA and Canada during his career as a naval officer and after settling down in Maine. Ecumenical and multifaith engagement are both essential and mutually enriching and, Frank believes, can be an effective model for collaboration in the public sphere as well, especially in seeking solutions to problems of poverty, violence, and injustice. Volunteering with interfaith groups such as Habitat for Humanity has taken him to New York, Appalachia, Guatemala, and Haiti. Frank enjoys sailing, outdoor activities, listening to many kinds of music, and is especially active in environmental stewardship, writing and working with Catholic Charities Maine in Parish Social Ministry.
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.
Heiku Jaime McLeod is a priest and teacher at Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, Maine, and the guiding teacher of Great Falls Zen, a Treetop-affiliated Dharma outreach in the Lewiston-Auburn area. She received Dharma Transmission from Peter Seishin Wohl in 2016. Heiku is a proponent of socially engaged Buddhism and believes there is no practice without compassionate activity in the world, growing out of a direct experience of connection with the Earth and all beings. Her mode of practice is fervently non-monastic, and she strives to help students find opportunities for renunciation in the realm of work, love, and home. She makes her living as a journalist, editor, and public relations specialist. She lives in Lewiston with her wife, Melissa, their son, Silas, and a house full of pets. In her free time, she enjoys camping, nature walks, swimming, science fiction, mythology, and crafting.
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.