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.
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 and Thursday afternoons.
Rachel Dingman serves as both the Hillel Director and Assistant Director of Admissions giving her the ability to work with Jewish students through the admissions process and when they become a Gator! As Hillel Director, she works with students to sponsor cultural, religious, educational, and social events for the Jewish community at Allegheny. A former Hillel president, varsity swimmer, and active Alleghenian, Rachel returns to her alma mater after working for VISTA at various colleges in Maine for two years.
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 addition to the Spiritual and Religious Life Office, she can often be found in the Campus Center meeting with students.
Suzie DeNillo advises the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is in her third year as an Assistant Coach for the Allegheny College Softball Team. As the Fellowship of Christian Athletes advisor, she works with students to use the tool of sports to facilitate and fuel conversation to help them grow stronger spiritually in their faith.
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.
Brenda Armstrong is Religious Life Assistant and works with each member of the religious life staff to coordinate religious life activities. Brenda began work at Allegheny College as a part-time secretary in the Campus Ministry Office in December of 1989 and became full-time when the community service program was launched and housed under Campus Ministry the following year. Brenda’s history with this office makes her an invaluable member of our staff, and her warm hospitality welcomes every visitor. Brenda spends much of her spare time reading, crocheting, and enjoying her four grandchildren.
All staff are available to meet with students during posted office hours or by appointment.