Spiritual & Mental Health

Student Chaplains

Name: Shane Atkinson (he/his)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv with a concentration in Islamic Chaplaincy
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: Muslim

Approach to Spiritual Care: Be merciful to those on the earth, and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.

More about Me: I serve as an Assistant Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Name: Bhumika Bhatia (She, Her)
Contact:[email protected]
Program, Concentration: M.Div with Chaplaincy and Interfaith concentration
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: Snatan Dharm (Commonly known as Hinduism)

Approach to Spiritual Care: I believe a situation or a relationship is brought to us for a reason. My approach to spiritual care is to explore the challenge from the perspective of higher purpose. The challenges and joys come to us as a tool and opportunities to learn about ourselves and move forward on our goals. My approach will be to help reflect on challenges and explore what is the need of the body, mind and soul. And that need could be as simple as a glass of water or a need to be in solitude.

More about Me: I am an MDiv student at CTS. I began my journey at CTS in 2015. I am also serving ISKCON Chicago as their first Interfaith Director. I am also a mother to a 18 month old boy. I grew up in India in a very interfaith environment.

Name: Russ Goliger (he/his)
Contact:[email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: I grew up Jewish and converted to Christianity joining the United Church of Christ in 1994. I embrace religious diversity.

Approach to Spiritual Care: God created us as partners with and for each other. In my tradition, I learn that Jesus invites us to yoke ourselves together just as he offers his yoke to those who are weary and heavy laden. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs so I know how challenging life can be. I know how important self-care is, and part of that care is having the time and space to shed that which binds. I’m here for you: to listen compassionately and empathetically, judgement free. Whatever your tradition, wherever you are on your journey, you are beloved and I’m here because I believe this is true.

More about Me: I am an online student from Framingham, Massachusetts. This is my second year at CTS but my sixth year working part-time on my MDiv. I am a Member in Discernment United Church of Christ. In addition to working and studying, for the last few years, I’ve provided pulpit supply, traveling throughout Massachusetts. Prior to that, I served as a Music Director at my church for twelve years and have been a lay chaplain for a local hospital. This year, I will be a student minister and completing my Field Education requirement. I am a proud, single-father of three young adults: my daughter teaches music at a local high school, my son is in grad school for music and my youngest an undergrad studying music (we are a musical family). I am honored to be a part of the Spiritual Care team at CTS.

Name: Kim M. Grice (she, her, hers)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: United Church of Christ

Approach to Spiritual Care: Caring for God’s people with a heart for service, compassion and comfort while engaging in conversation that is supporting, respectful, empathetic, mutual and authentic. If I had to define a strategy for self-care and wellness, I would say to be mindful of what you feel that you need. Make the time to embrace those needs and be attentive to and give life to experiencing and respecting those needs.

More about Me: I want you to know that for as much as we may engage, I will respect our relationships as a professional with accountability for our individual, sacred time together. It is important that you know that I respect you and the trust that you may have in me.

Name: Annabeth (AB) Roeschley (she/hers or they/them)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv, Concentration in LGBTQ Studies, Focus on Queer Abolitionist Theology
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: Raised in the Mennonite (Christian) faith tradition in rural Illinois and politicized in the queer and Black neighborhoods of Washington, DC, my personal path now draws from the wisdom of many traditions.

Approach to Spiritual Care: My commitment to radical healing and care has crystalized in this heat of 2020’s unrest and uprising, pandemic and pandemonium. It would be an honor to listen and journey alongside you — however you are — in the wake of these current and historic pressures.

I seek to honor the beliefs and worldview of whomever I am supporting, while being mindful of the broader systems and legacies that impact what it means to be healthy and well. My approach to spiritual care is rooted a praxis of Politicized Healing: one cannot be well if their community is not well. This means that our healing can be political, just as our politics can be healing.

My approach to care and healing is particularly attune to the impacts of trauma on the body and spirit — including from police brutality, incarceration, sexualized violence, religious trauma, and the multi-faceted violence of white-cis-hetero-imperial-patriarchy.

More about Me: I’ve been working at the intersections of spiritual care and liberatory justice movements for over 15 years. I am here to support people of different faiths, people of no faith, and people questioning faith.

Name: Tiffany Thorne (she, her, hers)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv, Chaplaincy with enthusiasm for interreligious engagement

Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: Openly seeking. I have the keys to the UCC church I joined, where I run its ministry to feed a hot meal to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. That, and Torah study are my preferred forms of worship

Approach to Spiritual Care: I am a humble and curious listener. I believe that people know extraordinary things about themselves and have extraordinary resources within. My approach is to listen with you for that which is within you. I believe that–ruach Elohim—the breath-spirit of God is within us and connects us.

More About Me: I live in northeast Ohio and have three grown daughters. I’m a believer in calling our mind-body connection into our total wellness (that includes emotional and spiritual health.)

Name: Jeremy Wallace (he, him, his)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MDiv, Concentration in Chaplaincy
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: United Church of Christ (UCC), but I prefer a much wider lens of spirituality and lean more towards interfaith work.

Approach to Spiritual Care: My approach to spiritual care is all about listening; making sure that each person is truly heard. Giving voice to our experiences, challenges, and stories is a courageous act that must be revered as sacred and built on trust. I believe my role as a student chaplain is to cultivate and nurture that trusted space, and to be an empathetic ear. Spiritual/ pastoral care is not about offering advice or answers, but rather to be a presence alongside others as they navigate their own paths. I am humbled and honored to be on this journey with you all.

More about Me: I currently live in St. Petersburg, FL with my dog, Dolly, and she will introduce herself on all Zooms.


Staff Support

Name: Rev. Amy Aschliman (she, her, hers)
Contact: [email protected]
Program, Concentration: MA ‘10 Education, MDiv ‘14 Theological Studies
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: Ordained Mennonite Pastor, informed by diverse traditions

Approach to Spiritual Care: Each person has story that is sacred and an experience that is real. I try to honor everyone’s perspective of their lived experience on their own journey. Developing self-understanding through the narrative of our lives is holy work as we seek meaning and belonging. The role of the spiritual care provider is to make space for someone’s story to breathe and for them to gain agency over their narrative so that they might move forward into greater wellness and wholeness.

I like to partner with people in thinking strategically about their wellness. This means developing personalized self-care strategies which aren’t only about relaxing (though that’s important!), but also implementing healthy routines and boundaries to increase functioning and ease in life. I encourage us all to dwell more and more in the pondering and practice of what self-love and love of neighbor mean through our different ages and stages.

More about Me: I am the Assistant Director of Student Formation & Community Engagement at CTS. I have also served as church pastor and as a hospital chaplain around Chicagoland.

Name: Minister Deneen Y Collins (she/her/hers)
Program, Concentration: MDiv ‘16
Religious Affiliation/Spiritual Orientation: UCC
Contact: [email protected]

Approach to Spiritual Care: My approach to spiritual care is to listen intently with a compassionate heart, connect them with the divine and serve without expecting anything in return. Additionally, I believe one of the best strategies for spiritual care is the ministry of presences. The power of presence can be a source of strength and comfort to a person who is hurting.

More about Me: I am the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Pastoral Counselor at CTS.


Spiritual Care & Mental Health Resources Handbook

Below you will find the CTS Spiritual Care & Mental Health Resources handbook. Theological education demands a great deal of its students – mentally and spiritually as well as intellectually. This community strives to provide the care and support that each of us needs as we confront matters of faith, theology, ethics, ministry, scholarship and vocation. However, CTS’ ability to attend to the needs of each individual is far outpaced by our wide-ranging diversity.

Recognizing that we cannot meet every need that emerges, we have gathered together a list of community resources to compliment and expand upon the support systems in place at the seminary.

Looking for a local church community? Check out the “Congregations and Clergy” section. Believe you would benefit from pastoral counseling? There is a list of organizations and individuals to get you started. Need a mental/physical/spiritual break? Consider taking a weekend to visit one of the locations listed in the Retreat section.

We hope you will let us know what resources prove most helpful, and what others we have left out. We will continue to refine and update the handbook in an effort to reflect the interests and feedback of the community.

Here are the list of sections to help you get started:

Area Congregations & Clergy • Spiritual Direction & Pastoral Counseling Resources • Other Low-Cost Counseling Centers • Individual Pastoral Counselors Serving CTS Students • Spiritual Directors • Retreat Centers • Psychologists/Psychotherapists • Domestic & Sexual Violence Resources • Addiction Support Services

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