Elon University Chaplains

Elon has four full-time chaplains that serve the students, faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community.  The chaplains are part of the Student Life Staff and the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life.  Their offices are located in the Numen Lumen Pavilion in the Academic Village. 


What is a Chaplain?

Elon's chaplains encourage and provide for the religious and spiritual needs of the entire Elon community.
The chaplains:
•support students, faculty, and staff in their religious and spiritual lives 
•facilitate educational, spiritual, and religious opportunities on campus
•are available to members of the community as they have personal, social, spiritual, institutional concerns or joys
•serve the entire campus community regardless of religious and spiritual affiliations or background. 
 

Why Contact a Chaplain?

Chaplains:

• provide a listening ear and a non-judgmental conversation partner
•respond to those from all faith backgrounds including the irreligious and non-spiritual 
•lead programs and conversations about religious perspectives and worldviews

Contact a Chaplain to have conversations about:

•spiritual search and growth, wrestling with or deepening your tradition or worldview
•interest in multifaith interaction
•what you want to do with your life
•family or interpersonal challenges
•spiritual or ethical questions
•sexuality, illness, grief
•questions/reflections about happiness and meaning in your life
•setting up an event or conversation for your hall or group
•any other aspects of who you are and your relationship to the wider world

Elon Chaplains

Rev. Dr. Jan Fuller – University Chaplain
jfuller3@elon.edu x7729

Chaplain Jan Fuller grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, where, by the time she was 22, she had lived through four Middle Eastern wars and had become an expert in artillery.  She is bilingual in Arabic and English. She knows that respect between religions is necessary to the survival of the human race.  As a young adult, she engaged in a long search for a spiritual home, and eventually settled in the Episcopal Church.  Along the way she found many things to appreciate in lots of different spiritual communities.  Jan is a certified trainer for Crucial Conversations, a way of using conflict to enhance conversation, and a graduate of Yale Divinity School.  She is an experienced counselor and likes to laugh.  Jan’s son, Sam, is a student at Radford University, and she lives in Burlington with her dog, Little Bit.
 
 

Father Peter Tremblay – Catholic Campus Minister and Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life
ptremblay@elon.edu x7355

Fr. Peter Tremblay was born and raised outside of Buffalo New York where he developed an affinity for chicken wings and snow. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville and, after graduating, he joined the Franciscan Friars.  He studied at Washington Theological Union receiving a Masters of Divinity degree and has been ordained a Catholic Priest since 2012. 
Throughout his life, Fr. Peter has had various and diverse work experiences including working on a farm, truck driving, rebuilding houses for the poor, serving as an associate pastor, and most recently teaching in a high school. Apart from ministry his hobbies include woodworking and furniture making, along with reading and studying theology, philosophy, and science.
 

Rev. Dr. Joel Harter – Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life
jharter@elon.edu x7343

An ordained Congregationalist minister, Joel has graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature. Joel served as a Religious Advisor at the University of Chicago, where he developed a contemplative Taizé worship service with Protestant and Catholic students and collaborated on multi-faith dialogue events with the Muslim Student Association.  In Chicago, Joel also served as the Project Director for Urban Dolorosa, a multicultural effort to organize faith communities to address urban violence, and as an Interfaith Chaplain for an inner city community hospital. Joel believes strongly that Christian diversity is a gift and that multi-faith work includes Christians. He develops programs that encourage different Christian groups to come together and that promote balance and spiritual wellness for all students, faculty, and staff. Joel lives in Burlington with his wife Melody and their two children.
 

Rabbi Meir Goldstein - Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life
mgoldstein7@elon.edu x7351

 Rabbi Meir Goldstein attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish  University where he earned an MA in Rabbinic letters in 2003 and Rabbinic Ordination in  2006.  He  has led congregations and been on the leadership team at a Jewish day school.    Rabbi Meir’s  passion for learning, community building and justice have lead him out into the  streets to do outreach  with homeless youth and to help start an inter-faith clergy group  working  to combat domestic  violence.  He brings experience as religious program director at  the  Arizona State Hillel.  Rabbi Meir  is proud to be a fellow with Rabbis Without Borders.  He  believes deeply that “if you save one  person, you save an entire world,” and seeks to elevate  the human dignity within each of us.  Rabbi  Meir lives in Burlington with his wife, Laura, and  their Shih Tzu, Koofi. 
 

Imam Shane Atkinson - Muslim Life Coordinator
satkinson2@elon.edu x7356

Shane Atkinson is from a Southern Baptist background and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Shane sat with spiritual teachers from the major religious traditions over a ten-year period and accepted Islam in 1999. In 2011 he was awarded an Ijaza (Masters level traditional degree) to teach Islamic theology, law, and spirituality. After twenty years in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics, Shane began studying Chaplaincy at UNC Medical Center in 2015 as the first Muslim in their Pastoral Care department. Shane completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and teaches in UNC's CPE program. Shane is the Social Media Coordinator for the Association of Muslim Chaplains and serves as an Associate Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.