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Meet the Staff

As staff, we are here to cultivate and support religious and spiritual life at Pacific in all its many forms. We serve the needs of all students, no matter what your religious tradition or even if you don't consider yourself religious or spiritual at all. While we make no claim to have all of life's answers, we can probably point you in the right direction, provide resources for you, and work with you through the questions that will inevitably arise as you grow through university. We can also help you find people or groups who share your interests. Our hope is that in doing so you will find a level of fulfillment, understanding, and perhaps meet other people who you can journey with in the questions of life.

Drop by our offices in Sears Hall, connected to Morris Chapel, to meet us. If you haven't yet been in our buildings or met us, rest assured that we are a friendly, welcoming group of caring people, and we're not here to convert you or pressure you into anything. We're here to serve you and hopefully help inspire you to live a meaningful life--whoever you are and whatever your path.

  • Joel N. Lohr 



    Joel N. Lohr is the Dean of Religious Life, an award winning author and scholar of religion. He is originally from Canada, and grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in a diverse, Dutch immigrant family (with siblings from Laos and Bangladesh, as well as multiple step and biological siblings). He is a first generation college graduate, earning a BA in Religious Studies (Trinity Western University) and MA and PhD in Religion and Theology (University of Durham). Prior to coming to Pacific he completed a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he then served as a Visiting Scholar. His research focuses on Jewish-Christian dialogue, biblical literature, and the Abrahamic Traditions more generally. He is the author or editor of some 10 books as well as numerous articles (see links below), and is a founding member and chair of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts SBL group. As Dean of Religious Life, Joel is passionate about religious diversity, dialogue, and interreligious relations. He is also deeply committed to whole person development, particularly as part of higher education.

    For more information on Dr. Lohr, see his CV and books.

  • Laura Steed 

    Laura Steed Web Pic

    Laura Steed is the Associate Multifaith Chaplain at Pacific. She is a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and is pursuing ordination as a United Methodist Elder. Laura is originally from the Midwest and attended the University of Indianapolis, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. Laura then completed a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. While at Duke, Laura was involved in several ministries opportunities and has since that time completed a Clinical Pastoral Education program at the UCSF Medical Center. At Pacific, she provides spiritual care and support to individuals and student groups or programs, such as Interfaith Council, Spirit and Pride, and the United Methodist Bishop's Scholars Program.

  • Jan Wammack 



    Jan Wammack is the Wedding and Events Coordinator for Morris Chapel. Jan oversees all the events booked in the chapel, including: weddings, memorials, baptisms, quinceañeras, student events, and weekly services.

  • Marc Afshar, Affiliate Campus Minister 

    Marc Afshar

    Marc Afshar is a Campus Pastor serving with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. Marc graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biology. While active in the Chi Alpha ministries during his undergraduate studies, he felt called to become a pastor. He is married to his college sweetheart, Natalie, and they just had their first child, A.J. 

  • Robbie Frederiksen, Affiliate Campus Minister 

    Robbie Frederiksen

    Robbie Frederiksen is the Director of Young Adult Ministries at Central United Methodist Church, located just across the street from Pacific. He works with United Methodist students and plans the Methodist Student Ministries events and programs. Robbie recently moved to Stockton from Portland, Oregon where he graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Christian Ministry. Robbie loves spending time on his bike, playing with his Labrador pup, and discussing life and theology.

  • Dyan Hollenhorst, Affiliate Campus Minister 



    Dyan Hollenhorst is the Catholic Chaplain at Pacific. She is employed by the Diocese of Stockton to work directly with the Newman Catholic Community to encourage faith, fellowship, and spiritual growth on campus. Dyan was born and raised in the central valley of California. She is married to her husband, Glen, and together they have five grown children. As her children grew Dyan returned to school (California State University, Stanislaus) as a non-traditional student to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She went on to earn two graduate degrees, a Master of Theological Studies and a MA in Ministry for a Multicultural Church, from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. 

  • Lauren McDermott, Affiliate Campus Minister 

    Lauren McDermott, Campus Affiliate Minister

    Lauren McDermott is a staff member with InterVarsity. As an Intervarsity staff member, she helps plan and facilitate Pacific Christian Fellowship activities and events on campus. She graduated from Pacific with a degree in English and Classical Studies. She is passionate about helping students get to know Jesus for the first time and learn to study the Bible.

  • Ralph Roberts, Affiliate Campus Minister 

    Ralph Roberts PCF

    Ralph Roberts is a Staff Member and the Team Leader for InterVarsity. A Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Ralph now calls Stockton home. Ralph graduated from Pacific with a Bachelor of Music degree, where he also met his wife Julie. He is currently pursuing an MA in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary), and is passionate about developing and empowering student leadership. In his free time Ralph enjoys books, board games, and conversation over a great cup of coffee.

  • Student Employee: Western Religions Inclusion Coordinator 


    The Western Religions Inclusion Coordinator has the main responsibility of working as a liaison between registered student groups associated with Western religions and traditions and the Religious and Spiritual Life Staff. The purpose of this role is to help deepen connections between student clubs and the Chaplain's Office, to promote interfaith awareness and religious literacy, and to assist in the department's mission of supporting students from various faith and non-faith identities.

  • Student Employee: Service and Social Justice Advocate 

    The Service and Social Justice Advocate has the main responsibility to work as a liaison with Religious and Spiritual Life staff and the associated student groups. The purpose of this role is to help in the execution of the department's objective to provide opportunities for students to engage in both action and dialogue concerning the intersection of religion and social justice. The Service and Social Justice Advocate assists in planning and leading social justice opportunities.

  • Student Employee: Eastern Religions Inclusion Coordinator 

    The Eastern Religions Inclusion Coordinator has the main responsibility of working as a liaison between registered student groups associated with Eastern religions and traditions and the Religious and Spiritual Life Staff. The purpose of this role is to help deepen connections between student clubs and the Chaplain's Office, to promote interfaith awareness and religious literacy, and to assist in the department's mission of supporting students from various faith and non-faith identities.

  • Student Employee: Interfaith Advocate 

    The Interfaith Advocate has the main responsibility to work as a liaison with Religious and Spiritual Life staff and associated student groups. The purpose of this role is to help in the execution of the department's goal to identify the religious and spiritual needs of students and to provide or develop programming to meet those needs. The Interfaith Advocate assists in connecting individuals and student groups in order to create engaging educational opportunities for students and the Pacific community.