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.
Adviser: Reverend Felicia Howard
Adviser: Father John Ames
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.
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
Adviser: Pastor Nixon Zor
Adviser: Rev. Dr. Kyle Babin
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.
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.
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 Students Association
Adviser: Safiya Carter
Beyond Bryn Mawr
The following clergy from local religious institutions have registered with the College to work with Bryn Mawr students.
|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 Societyemail@example.com|
|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|