Our Chaplains

For more information on our chaplaincies and faith communities, click HERE.

Chaplains are listed in alphabetical order:


Rabbi Ethan Bair
Advisor, Hillel Jewish Student Union
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life*





Elder Melvin Baker
Associate Chaplain
Advisor, Glorify God
Historically Black Church*




Rev. Rhoda Barron
Associate Chaplain
Historically Black Church*





Devon Bartholomew headshotRev. Devon Bartholomew
Advisor, Christian Outreach
Baptist Convention of New York*

Rev. Devon Bartholomew moved to Syracuse when he became a student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). He later became an ordained minister at Hendricks Chapel in 2018 after years of working with the Baptist Chaplain. Devon also serves the community as Hendricks Chapel’s Christian Protestant Chaplaincy coordinator and teaches First-Year Seminar (FYS) at Syracuse University & Intro to Arboriculture at SUNY ESF. Devon loves talking about trees and mushrooms, foraging for apples and berries, and hiking with his wife Kate and two daughters, Mira and Anastasia.

JoAnn Cooke PortraitSensei JoAnn Cooke
Advisor, Buddhist Meditation Association
Zen Center of Syracuse*




Imam Amir Durić
Advisor, Muslim Student Association
Muslim Student Life*




Pastor Daren C. Jaime
Advisor, Glorify God
Historically Black Church*

Pastor Daren C. Jaime moved to Syracuse 17 years ago and hails from Harlem, New York. His ministerial journey began in 1994, when he acknowledged his call to ministry at the Saint Frances A.M.E. Zion Church in Port Chester, New York. He is currently the senior pastor at People’s A.M.E. Zion Church in Syracuse and is very active in the local community. Pastor Jaime has also been privileged to reach a global community as an award-winning journalist, educating minds across the world through his former radio show “Power Perspectives” and his weekly live television broadcasts of “Perspectives” and “Open” on Bronxnet.

Rev. Jeff Kane
Interim Chaplain
Advisor, Campus Connect
Upstate New York Synod (Lutheran)*



Jay KoshyJay Koshy
Advisor, Bridge
Evangelical Christian*




Sanjay Mathur
Advisor, Hindu Student Association
North American Hindu Chaplains*




Rev. William Payne
Advisor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes*

In March 2018 Rev. William Payne was appointed as campus director of the University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Payne started playing baseball at an early age, sustained a love of sports throughout his youth in Maryland, and continues to blend athletics and ministry. After graduating from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996, he went on to graduate from Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania in 2004. He served as a pastor in Michigan and Syracuse before joining the FCA. Payne is enthusiastic about ministering alongside students of the campus community. 

Rev. Dave Schubert
Assistant Chaplain
Zen Center of Syracuse*

Reverend Doshin David Schubert was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk in 1994. He is currently the head monk at the Zen Center of Syracuse. Schubert was born in Syracuse and graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) with a degree in environmental and forest biology and later received a master’s degree, also from SUNY ESF, in forest entomology. After years of working at Beaver Lake Nature Center and Burnet Park Zoo, he retired in 2023 to join the Hendricks Chapel team and spend more time with his wife, two daughters, four dogs, three cats and two guinea pigs!

Bonnie ShoultzSensei Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz
Assistant Chaplain
Zen Center of Syracuse*





Rev. Jee Hae Song
United Methodists of Upper New York*

Rev. Jee Hae Song is a first-generation immigrant from Seoul, South Korea who arrived in Syracuse in 2016 to serve two United Methodist Churches just after graduating with her master’s degree in divinity.  As a passionate storyteller, who speaks both Korean and English fluently, she weaves biblical and modern-day stories, inviting congregants to strengthen and grow their relationship with God. Reverend Song  is passionate about community-building, education, and assisting young adults in navigating life paths. She loves to read, travel, hike, eat Korean food, and sing.




Father Gerry WatermanFr. Gerry Waterman
Advisor, Catholic Association at Syracuse University
Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse*

Fr. Gerald (Gerry) Waterman, OFM Conv. is a Conventual Franciscan Friar of the East Coast Province of Our Lady of the Angels, headquartered in Ellicott City, MD. Fr. Gerry hails from Bridgeport, CT, and in 1973 entered the Novitiate. He professed Solemn Vows in 1981 in Chicopee, MA and in 1985 was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY. After ministering at Elon University, he joined Syracuse University. Fr. Gerry enjoys being outside in nature, especially by the sea.



For more information on our chaplaincies and faith communities, click HERE.

*Denotes Sending Organization or Tradition

Syracuse University seeks to host chaplaincies that represent religious and spiritual expressions that contribute toward Hendricks Chapel’s mission to “lead in service to the common good through religious, spiritual, moral and ethical life.” In addition to their presence on campus, chaplains are also expected to meet the professional expectations within their particular Sending Organization (i.e., the external religious organization from which the chaplain comes). Chaplains serve at the pleasure of the Dean of Hendricks Chapel in collaboration with the respective Sending Organization. To qualify as a Chaplain at Hendricks Chapel of Syracuse University, one must be, among other things, appointed by, and be in good standing with, a Sending Organization with an established presence, appropriate resources, and transparent beliefs, traditions, and operations.