EXPLORE Institute offers an experienced team of OWU faculty and chaplains as well as a strong, collaborative group of clergy and advisors.

Meet the Team

The Rev. Dr. R. Blake Michael

Institute Faculty
Professor of Religion

Dr. Michael is Swan-Collins-Allen Professor of World Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he has taught since 1978. 

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Dr. Tejai Beulah

Institute Faculty

Professor of History, Ethics, and Black Church and African Diaspora Studies

Dr. Beulah is an Assistant Professor at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio where she has taught since 2015.

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Dr. Chad Johns

Institute Advisor

Chad is the University Chaplain and Director of the Spring Break Interfaith Service Week Program at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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William Hayes

Institute Advisor

William is an Associate Chaplain and Director of Wilderness Ministry at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Kelsey Thornton

Institute Coordinator

Kelsey is a 2016 Ohio Wesleyan alum and is the Young Adults and Youth Ministry coordinator at the Delaware City Vineyard church.

Sarah Holmes

Institute Recruiter

Sarah is a 2020 Ohio Wesleyan alum and works in Delaware, OH.

Contact Info


EXPLORE: Youth Theology Institute
Hamilton-Williams Campus Center
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3083
F 740-368-3087
E explore@owu.edu

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