Meet the Staff

Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell is College Chaplain. An ordained United Methodist minister, Jane Ellen oversees the Spiritual and Religious Life program, leads Sunday Chapel Services, takes part in other ritual events in the life of the College, and teaches in the Department of Religious Studies. She advises Sojourners Christian Fellowship, Project Nur, Interfaith Fellowship and is available to assist students of any faith in their spiritual search. Students can see her during office hours on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, by appointment, or when she hosts students at her home, where they can also visit with Felix and Fanny, her feline companions.

Fr.Jeff(use)Rev. Fr. Jeff Lucas  is the Catholic Campus Minister. Fr. Jeff is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie and is assigned to Allegheny College, as well as Our Lady Queen of Americas Church in Conneaut Lake. He celebrates Masses during the academic year on Sunday evenings and is advisor to the Allegheny Newman Association and Allegheny Students for Life. He is available to students during office hours on Monday afternoons.

Rabbi Ronald Bernstein-Goff
Rabbi Ronald Bernstein-Goff conducts Jewish religious services on campus and works with the religious life staff in promoting and enhancing interfaith programs and activities. As a full-time Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department, he teaches a variety of courses focusing on aspects of Judaism as well as relationships between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. “Rabbi Ron” is available for consultation or conversation at his office in Oddfellows.

Mollie Little
Mollie Little is on staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges and organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. She advises Allegheny Christian Outreach, a student-led, evangelical, interdenominational fellowship. Her full-time job is mother to three little ones, but she and her husband Jeff love to open their home to students. In Fall 2015, Mollie is stepping back from campus responsibilities to take a season for personal spiritual development, in order to prepare for continued ministry at Allegheny.

Brendon Hall is also on staff with the CCO.  He leads the Athletic Ministry on campus, helping advise the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Dudes’ Bible Study.  Brendon can be found at athletic events supporting the Gators, playing sports with students in the Wise Center, meeting with students in the Campus Center, or in his office in Reis Hall.  He loves meeting students from any walk of life, and holds a deep desire to see them grow as an individual and in their faith.

HornemanDeacon Edward Horneman is a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie and is assigned with Fr. Jeff Lucas to Allegheny College, as well as St. Mary of Grace Parish in Meadville. He assists in the celebration of Mass during the academic year on Sunday evenings. He is available to students during office hours on Thursday afternoon. Deacon Ed is also a physician assistant at the state prison in Mercer, PA.

debcarmanDebbie Carman is the Religious Life Assistant and works with each member of the religious staff to coordinate religious life activities. Debbie has worked at Allegheny since January 1996. She has served as the Loan Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office and as Office Manager of the Admissions Office, and has most recently shared her time between the two offices. She now works mornings in Spiritual and Religious Life and afternoons in the Financial Aid Office. Debbie has six children and thirteen grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, as well as cooking, decorating, dancing and singing.


All staff are available to meet with students during posted office hours or by appointment.