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The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Paulsell

Stephanie Paulsell

Affiliated Minister, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church (2019-2021)
Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Co-Faculty Dean of Eliot House

Stephanie Paulsell is the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies in the Harvard Divinity School and served as the Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church from 2019 to 2020.  An... Read more about Stephanie Paulsell

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts

The Rev. Matthew Ichihashi Potts

Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals
Faculty of Divinity

Matthew Ichihashi Potts M.Div. '08 Ph.D. '13 was appointed the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals in 2021. Prior to his appointment, Matt served as Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, where he also received tenure and promotion to full Professor in 2021.... Read more about Matthew Ichihashi Potts

Robert M. Randolph

Robert M. Randolph

Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church
Chaplain to the Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert M. Randolph is the first Chaplain to the Institute, installed on September 30, 2007, in a ceremony representative of the varied religious/non-religious strands of thought at MIT. His role, according to the President of the Institute, is to be the "guardian of the core values of the Institute." He has been an important part of student life at MIT since 1978, organizing and founding what is now known as Student Support Services.... Read more about Robert M. Randolph

Mayra Rivera Rivera

Mayra Rivera Rivera

Theologian in Residence, The Memorial Church (2013-2014)
Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Mayra Rivera Rivera joined the HDS faculty in July 2010, having previously been Assistant Professor of Theology at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Her transdisciplinary work in critical theological studies engages key Christian themes in relation to current theory and philosophy.... Read more about Mayra Rivera Rivera

Liam Simons '21

Liam Simons '21

Student Advisory Board member
I'm from Cambridge, Mass., and enjoy spending time outside and with my friends. I started coming to Memorial Church on Freshman Sunday of my freshman year, and I loved it. I've been... Read more about Liam Simons '21
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church
Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge

In 2008, Rev. Dan Smith became the seventeenth Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge.  He has contributed to a deepening sense of spiritual transformation and shared ministry within... Read more about Daniel Smith

Charles M. Stang

Charles M. Stang

Theologian in Residence, The Memorial Church (Fall Term 2014)
Associate Professor of Early Christian Thought

Charles Stang joined the HDS Faculty in 2008. His research and teaching focus on the history and theology of Christianity in late antiquity, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity. More specifically, he is interested in the development of ascetical, monastic, and mystical traditions in Eastern Christianity. 

Kaia Stern 2020 Headshot

Kaia Stern

Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church
Director of the Prison Studies Project and Visiting Faculty, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Practitioner in Residence for Law, Education, and Justice at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Rev. Dr. Kaia Stern is cofounder and director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University, faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Practitioner in Residence for Law, Education, and Justice at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Her work focuses on transformative justice and education in prison. Her first... Read more about Kaia Stern

Alanna C. Sullivan

The Rev. Alanna C. Sullivan

Associate Minister and Director of Administration

The Rev. Alanna C. Sullivan is the Associate Minister and Director of Administration in the Memorial Church. She has served as a pastor to the Memorial Church community over the past eight years. Alanna is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She also serves an administrative lead for the Church.... Read more about Alanna C. Sullivan

Laura S.  Tuach

Laura S. Tuach

Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church
Assistant Director of Field Education, Harvard Divinity School
David von Behren

David von Behren

Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster

David von Behren earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University’s School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Martin Jean and...

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