OFFICE OF THE CHAPLAIN

“Forever Christian, Always Welcoming”

Berry’s Emphasis on educating the “head, heart, and hands” is more than a slogan. It is a mission that defines who we are. The Chaplain’s Office has the primary responsibility for setting the religious tone on campus and assuring that we are educating “the heart” in incorporation with the “hands” and “head” towards the holistic spiritual development of our students in their academics, vocation, and personal growth.

Our main areas of responsibility include:

  • Uniting the campus in Christian worship, service, and ministry through Mount Berry Church
  • Hosting speakers, concerts, book clubs, and retreats that are geared specifically towards the spiritual formation of our students
  • Ministering to the needs of the whole campus
  • Providing diverse and regular opportunities for Christian growth
  • Spiritual counseling/mentoring and referral
  • Supporting all Religion-in-Life student groups
  • Helping students locate and connect with local faith communities/churches
  • Providing free, specialized services to students with unique needs through our Care Network and Emergency Relief service.
  • Working with the Interfaith Center to promote understanding of other religious tradition

The Historic Roots of Our Christian Identity 

Berry was founded upon a commitment to Christian belief and practice. Over 100 years later, this continued commitment is expressed in the phrase “Forever Christian in spirit.” Each week, approximately 40 religion-in-life activities occur on campus, including opportunities for Christian worship, Bible study, fellowship and more. Berry is shaped by an interdenominational, ecumenical approach to Christian faith and values. We welcome people from diverse religious traditions, and we are committed to helping students from different backgrounds find ways to express their faith. 

Promoting Opportunity 

A priority of our office is to facilitate active, individual and corporate spiritual formation that is shaped in a caring community of mentors and peers. There are on-campus worship opportunities, concerts, guest speakers, Bible Studies, book discussions, and special events. One great opportunity for Worship, Nurture, and Service is Mount Berry Church . This is our college wide, inter-denominational, Christian worship service which is held each Sunday evening in our College Chapel.

Religious, student-run campus groups allow for affiliation and ongoing participation with likeminded believers. These groups are coordinated through the Religious Life Advisory Council. In addition, our office seeks to provide spiritual direction, encouragement and care to the entire Berry community through the Care Network.

The Interfaith Council, which partners with the Chaplain’s Office, provides many opportunities to learn about different faith traditions. Visit us at:  Interfaith Council  

The opportunities for spiritual growth are everywhere!   

Leadership

Huggins_SMRev. Jonathan Huggins, Ph.D. serves as the College Chaplain and Pastor of Mount Berry Church. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Religion at Berry College. He has been married to Lisa (Berry '00) since 2001. They have 2 daughters - Abigail and Ava, and 1 son, Jonathan Jr. He received his academic and ministerial training at Shorter College (B.S.), Wheaton College Graduate School (M.A.), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.R), and the University of Stellenbosch (Ph.D.). Dr. Huggins is ordained in the Anglican Church in North America.


Moniz_SMErin Faith Moniz serves as the Director of Student Ministries for both Mount Berry Church and Berry College . She is a Berry alumna where she received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Anthropology in 2003. She has her Masters of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary. She has been married to Michael Moniz (Berry '02) since 2005 and they enjoy life in Rome after moving from Nashville, TN. Erin is an avid gardener.