Who We Are

Serving the community of
world religions at MIT

Comprised of over 20 chaplains and 40 student groups, ORSEL reflects the diversity of the institute’s community. Through regular opportunities for worship, meditation, prayer, and study, the office is a resource for students, faculty, and staff, of all faith traditions and belief systems. The chaplains provide religious, spiritual, and educational programming, as well as confidential* counseling and crisis support. Please find bios and contact information for chaplains in the menu to the right.

ORSEL affiliated chaplains by denomination

Visit MIT's Diversity website, "Inventing our Future," to learn more about religious diversity at MIT.

*Chaplains who are ordained clergy within their religious traditions are confidential resources for members of the community.

Connect with a chaplain from anywhere


During this difficult time, as students, faculty, and staff find themselves suddenly displaced, unmoored, and afraid, ORSEL is available for anyone who needs support. While we are adhering to recommendations against social contact, chaplains are  available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please email with a bit of information about what you are looking for. An ORSEL staff member will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

You may also connect directly with any of the chaplains listed below:

Asian Baptist Chaplain David Um can be reached at to communicate by email or to setup a zoom meeting.

Assistant Chaplain & Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue Coordinator Adam Reynolds is available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 2pm via

Baptist Chaplain and Tues/Thurs Free English Class Sponsor, Rev. Michael Dean is available Tuesday-Friday for calls/messages at 617.253.2328, email at to set up Zoom calls. Most regular events are happening via Zoom. Welcome Worship via Zoom on Sundays starting 8/23/2020 at 11:00 am and going through September. Link with other believers on campus and learn about other local churches in the area.

Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment contact or 617.253-2327.

Chabad Chaplain Rabbi Menachem Altein can be reached be email

Cru Chaplain Chris Swanson is available by appointment via Zoom/Facebook/Phone/GoogleHangOut Monday—Friday, 10 am—4pm, EST; and by text or email anytime. Contact or 515-451-9542.

Episcopal Chaplain Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas is available via email and phone at and 617-458-1253.

Hillel Chaplain Rabbi Michelle Fisher is available Monday—Friday, 10am—4:30pm at

Hindu Chaplain Sadananda Dasa is available Monday—Friday, 9am—5pm at and 857-407 8498.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Chaplain Kevin Ford can be reached at

LGBTQ+ Advisor Cody Sanders is available via email and phone at and 617-864-9275 x201.

Lutheran Chaplain Rev. Andrew Heisen is available via email and phone at and 617-253-2325 and via Zoom, etc., by appointment. 

Protestant Chaplain Rev. Natalie Hill is available for conversations by emailing

Muslim Chaplain Sister Nada El-Alami is available by appointment Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact

Reformed University Fellowship Chaplain Rev. Solomon Kim is available by appointment via Zoom/FaceTime/phone Monday—Thursday, 9am—4pm EST; and by text or email 24/7. Contact or 857-500-0557 (call/text).