Campus Chaplaincy and Spiritual Support
Welcome to the CSUMB Campus Chaplaincy, a service to students, faculty, and staff of CSUMB. We provide pastoral care for individuals and the campus community, interfaith and interdenominational resources, and support to faith-related clubs, programs, and events at CSUMB.
CSUMB Chaplains serve all students, faculty, and staff regardless of identity and religious tradition or denomination.
Please contact us by email, if you're interested in:
- On-campus Bible study
- Having a speaker visit your organization or class
- Speaking to someone
If you are looking for other faith groups or traditions, we can help you. Learn about local faith resources through the provided documents or by contacting a Chaplain.
Noon Prayer - Every Thursday 12-12:30 p.m.
Please join us for prayer. Noon prayer is held every Thursday, 12-12:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room (Otter Student Union, room 317). We will also gather for lunch in the OSU, after Noon Prayer for an open table conversation.
While this is a safe space, we are committed to maintaining a space free of discrimination and harassment. We always welcome members of the community; however, we expect members of the community to support a space that is free of discrimination.
Questions can be shared with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to leave a message or prayer request on our Facebook page.
Meet the Chaplains
Rev. Elaine Gehrmann is co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel. Prior to coming to the Monterey Bay area in 2015, Rev. Elaine had been co-pastor of two Unitarian Universalist churches for five years each, in Watertown, NY, and then in Champaign-Urbana, IL. She has also worked as an attorney and a family and individual counselor, and executive director of an non-profit organization serving senior citizens and adoptive families of foster children.
Rev. Gehrmann has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Divinity from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. She later earned a Master’s in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois College of Education, and a J.D. from the U of I College of Law. She was granted Ministerial Fellowship in the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1991 and was a member of the Illinois State Bar. She was a member of the Urbana School District Board of Education for 6 years. She and her husband Axel have two children in their early 20’s, and two cats.
Father Jon Perez is an Episcopal Priest, serving as the Vicar for Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church. He comes to the Episcopal Church after a career in the corporate and non-profit worlds. His congregation is the largest social service facilitator in Marina. The congregation is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-political. Currently, he serves the Lutheran Episcopal Coordination Committee, resolving practical and theological issues between the Lutheran ELCA and Episcopal Church. Father Jon is club advisor for Out and About (GLBT campus club) and is a recipient of the Atkinson Civil Rights Award.
For more information about CSUMB Campus Chaplaincy, please call us at (831) 578-2545.
Pastor Paul is a third-generation Mexican American and a native Californian. He serves as Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Salinas. He has over a decade of experience in ministry, he has spent time in Rwanda, the Rockies, the Mile High City, the city of brotherly (and sisterly) love, the Windy City, corn fields of Iowa, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pastor Paul has served in various roles within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Luther College and a Master of
Divinity from United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. He is excited to join the CSUMB campus as a chaplain.
Interested in Becoming a Chaplain
If you are willing and able to commit to serving all students, faculty, and staff regardless of identity and religious tradition or denomination, please complete our interest form. A CSUMB Health and Wellness Services representative will connect with you to learn more about your interest in collaborating with the university.