The Chaplain’s Office supports the mission of the chaplaincy through a variety of services and programs. Chaplain David Massey is committed to building bridges between faith communities both on and off campus. He specializes in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction and works with people of all faiths.
Although primarily Christian, the chaplain’s office is committed to supporting each person’s faith pilgrimage, which may encompass a broad range of faiths represented on campus. Faith groups outside of Linfield are welcome on campus, but must work within the boundaries of the chaplaincy mission statement and contact the chaplain.
A Linfield graduate, David Massey returned to his alma mater in 2001 as the chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. [Learn more about David and his family]
The Chaplain’s Office sanctions a number of independent ministries including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salt - N - Light the Christian Nurses’ Fellowship (Portland Campus), Student-led Bible studies, Catholic Fellowship, Muslim Prayer Fellowship, and Jewish Student Fellowship groups.
The chaplain is a member of the Department of Religious Studies and teaches on a regular basis. He works closely with chief Administrators, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
The Chaplain’s Office encourages student involvement in fellowship and worship at local churches. The chaplain is available to assist in finding internships for students in local churches and agencies. Special campus programs centered on faith and justice are often sponsored jointly with local organizations.
Working closely with Linfield's Volunteer Coordiator, Jessica Wade, the chaplain encourages and sponsors several service projects. These include Habitat for Humanity, the local food bank and soup kitchen and a variety of other projects. Understanding the world through interfaith exploration is an important part of the chaplaincy’s mission. The spiritual journey can be enhanced through exploration, which might include field trips and service projects.
The college’s dedication to spiritual nurture grows out of its Baptist heritage, which claims for every individual the freedom and responsibility to shape a personal spiritual journey. The chaplain acts as the college’s church relations contact and regularly attends regional American Baptist gathering and is active in the Minister’s Council. He also is occasionally available to preach in regional pulpits.