Communities of Faith

Bryn Mawr College students may wish to connect to the following Communities of Faith that have established a formal connection with the College. Brief descriptions and contact people/advisers are provided below. Contact Dean Christman to begin the process of adding faith communities to this resource page.


Religious advisers work with students to coordinate activities and programs exploring issues of spirituality, ethnicity, culture and social justice. The advisers are available for counseling and discussion of issues of faith and daily living. In addition, they work with student groups to organize religious services, study religious texts, plan community-service projects and discuss common concerns of faith and culture.

A.M.E.

Reverend Felicia Howard

Adviser: Reverend Felicia Howard
Email: fahoward@brynmawr.edu


Catholic

Father John Ames 

Adviser: Father John Ames
Email: revjohnames@gmail.com

Father John Ames is a native of Philadelphia, and is an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He earned a doctorate in theology at Catholic University (Washington). He has served in parish ministry, was the Dean at Saint Charles seminary and has taught at several local colleges. He is currently the pastor of Saint Colman Parish (Ardmore) and also the Catholic Newman Chaplain at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. 


Christian Fellowship

Alexis Bishop

InterVarsity Adviser:
Alexis Barnhart
Email: 
alexis.bishop@intervarsity.org

Office hours vary, so please email to set up a time that works for you.

Bryn Mawr InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a diverse community gathered around the vision “inspired by Jesus, excited about Jesus, loving like Jesus.” We are glad to welcome students of all backgrounds to explore faith together. We are organized as a network of Community Groups that meet weekly around campus for friendship, Bible study, prayer, and community service. The Fellowship comes together for monthly Gatherings. We also participate in retreats with Tri-Co and students from around the greater Philadelphia area. Bryn Mawr Christian Fellowship is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Visit Bryn Mawr's InterVarsity Facebook page.

Alexis Barnhart graduated from Susquehanna University in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and Creative Writing. Throughout her time at Susquehanna, she was very involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a student leader. Having led studies of scriptures with students of various backgrounds—from growing up as a Christian to having curiosity alongside doubts or different faiths altogether—she believes in creating spaces for all who have the desire to ask questions of faith to ask.


Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Nixon Zor

Adviser: Pastor Nixon Zor 
Email: zornixon@yahoo.com


Episcopal

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Adviser: Rev. Dr. Kyle Babin
Email: 
kbabin@goodshepherdrosemont.com

Father Kyle Babin is the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, and Campus Missioner to colleges and universities on the Main Line for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Father Kyle holds degrees from Rice University, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Before ordination to the priesthood, he was a professional church musician. Father Kyle is in the process of establishing Canterbury House at Good Shepherd, a hub for campus ministry where all can seek to know Christ and make him known. Father Kyle is particularly interested in gathering college students for conversations that connect religion and living in the modern world, as well as creating opportunities for fellowship, community, service, and a safe place to bring questions about life and religion. He is also interested in the ways in which Christianity can provide a dimension of mystery and beauty in a demystified world and bring good news to a world that longs to hear it. Canterbury House at Good Shepherd is a safe and welcoming place where all can bring their full selves and find a place to belong, including their questions and doubts. If you are interested in learning more about Canterbury House at Good Shepherd, please contact Father Kyle.


Jewish

Chabad

Blumie Gurevitz

 

Eli Gurevitz

Advisers: Blumie Gurevitz and Eli Gurevitz
Email: blumieg@gmail.comegurevit@brynmawr.edu

Bi-Co Chabad Student Group fosters awareness of Jewish spiritual heritage, values, cultures, and traditions by providing educational opportunities in Torah and by facilitating the observance of Jewish rituals and customs. With the support of Rabbi Eli Gurevitz and Rebbetzin Blumie Gurevitz, who direct the Rohr Center for Jewish Life, the Bi-Co Chabad Student Group offers students a Jewish 'home away from home' with hospitality Shabbat dinners (every Friday night while school is in session at 7:15 p.m.), Talmud study, Ten Sinai Scholars Fellowship Classes, Jewish mysticism classes, kosher food, and more. The Rohr Center and Bi-Co Chabad also run the unique Holocaust storytelling fellowship "Stories That Live." See trichabad.org for more. All students welcome. The Rohr Center is located directly across the street from where the Blue Bus enters Haverford College, 780 College Avenue, Haverford.


Hillel

Adviser: Stephanie Breitsman
Email: Coming soon!

Bryn Mawr College Hillel provides an outlet on campus for students to explore their Jewish identity, observe Jewish holidays, and access Jewish tradition in a pluralistic environment. There is always something happening on Shabbat, whether it is services and dinner on Cambrian row or kiddush, motzi, and an informal dinner in one of the dorms. We offer a monthly Rosh Chodesh group—B'not Levanah (Daughters of the Moon)—where students can reflect on contemporary women's issues in Judaism and beyond, and voice their thoughts and feelings in a safe space. We also offer special events on major Jewish holidays, we engage in social justice work on campus and in our community, and we partner with other student groups on various programs throughout the year. Find us on Facebook! Bryn Mawr welcomes and encourages the participation of students of all faiths and backgrounds.


Muslim

Muslim Students Association

Adviser: Safiya Carter
Email: safiya134@aol.com


Beyond Bryn Mawr

The following clergy from local religious institutions have registered with the College to work with Bryn Mawr students.

Community Contacts

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Rev. Kellen Smith 610.525.2821  
Church of the Reedemer (Episcopal) Rev. Michael Palmisano 610.252.2486 ext.13  
Grace Chapel Havertown John J. Tudor 610.513.6652  
Main Line Muslim Society   info@mainlinemuslimsociety.org  
Household of Faith Deliverance Worship Center Bishop Michael Brokenborough 610.649.7823  
Lower Merion Baptist Church Rev. Timothy Dalton 610.525.1855  
Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Elder Daren K. Miller 610.649.9446  
Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church Rev. Albert Davis 610.649.7739  
Saints Memorial Baptist Church Rev. Michael Stitt 610.525.5806  
St. Luke United Methodist Church Rev. David Tatgenhorst 610.525.2396 ext. 8822  
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Rabbi Neil Cooper 610.649.5300  
Zion Baptist Church Rev. James Pollard & Rev. Virginia Pollard 610.649.1216  

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