Meet Our Staff
Dr. Chad Johns
University Chaplain, Director of Spring Break Service Week
Office: HWCC 308
An alumnus of OWU, Chad graduated with a major in psychology and double minors in physics and astronomy with the class of 2002. He earned the M.Div. from the Boston University School of Theology in 2005 and the D.Min. in narrative theology from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2015, where his research focused on using speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction) to engage theological and ethical questions.
Chad returned to OWU as a member of the Chaplain's Staff in 2005. As the Director of the Spring Break Interfaith Service Week Program, he spends much of his time working closely with the various spring interfaith service teams. Additionally, he advises or co-advises student groups, including PRIDE (supporting the LGBTIQA+ community on campus) and one of OWU’s social fraternities. He has taught UC 160 (The OWU Experience) as well as courses on the theological exploration of both leadership/power and speculative fiction. Beyond these activities, he leads discussion groups, provides pastoral care, and does other miscellaneous chaplaincy things as needed.
Passions Found: Seeking Truth, Good Conversations, and Spending Time with Friends
Associate Chaplain, Director of Wilderness Ministry
Office: HWCC 217
William graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2000 with a B.A. in international studies. He previously worked in campus ministry at the National University in La Plata, Argentina and maintains a love of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. In 2008, William completed an M.A. in religion, with a concentration in Christian Thought at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
He brings to the OWU chaplaincy his desire to cultivate the intellectual side of faith and a love for the outdoors. William directs the Wilderness Ministry, heading up the Outdoor Ministry Team student group and leading backpacking trips over fall break and spring break. He leads Bible studies and advises the InterFaith House and OWU Faith & Justice. He also leads Wilderness Camp as part of the annual Camp Oh-Wooo orientation program. William's work is in partnership with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach).
Passions Found: My wife and four kids, hiking the Appalachian Trail, loving God with your mind, and traveling anywhere