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Meet the Chaplains Staff

Dedicated to providing programs aimed at improving the spiritual, ethical and social aspects of life at The Claremont Colleges.

Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain | Email

After attending seminary at the Catholic University of America, he received M.A. in journalism and public affairs from the American University, Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. in history and theology from the Catholic University of America. He has produced radio and television programs and documentaries for American and British networks and has served as the American Catholic Bishops liaison with ABC, NBC News and CBS-TV. He recently served as director of media relations for the Diocese of Orange County, CA.


 

Rabbi Danny Shapiro
Jewish Chaplain | Email

Rabbi Danny Shapiro received his MA and rabbinic ordination in May 2016 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and in addition has studied four years of full-time Jewish learning between the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Yeshivat Hadar in New York, and the University of Haifa in Israel. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University. He previously served as the Summer Program Coordinator at the Conservative Yeshiva and as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA.


 

Dr. Jeff Liou
Protestant Chaplain | Email

Dr. Liou has been serving students in campus ministry since 2001, starting at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Jeff has also served in the local church as Pastor of Missional Outreach and Pastor of College & Young Adult Ministries at Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, CA. Jeff currently teaches seminary students at Fuller Theological Seminary and has taught at Azusa Pacific University. Jeff has published in the Journal of Reformed Theology, Comment magazine, and has contributed to a theological book for Asian American college students now under contract. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, holds an M. Div. from Trinity International University and received his B.S. with concentration in chemistry from the University of Michigan.


 

Imam Adeel Zeb
Muslim Chaplain | Email

Imam Adeel J. Zeb is the co-university Muslim chaplain at The Claremont Colleges. He is an interfaith scholar, TEDx speaker and certified Muslim chaplain. He was formerly the Muslim chaplain/director of Muslim life at Duke University. He previously served as the Muslim chaplain/Imam at Wesleyan University, Trinity College and American University. He is a graduate of the master’s degree program in Islamic chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University as well as a bachelor’s of science degree in Islamic studies from Arees University in traditional Islamic sciences. He received certification in Tajweed Qur’anic studies from the Faith and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. He continues to study with scholars from top religious intuitions globally. He is the co-founder of DEEN: The Foundation for Muslim Campus Life. He is the vice president-elect of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.

He has more than 10 years of experience in Muslim-American public service. He served as a two-time congressional staffer. He has spoken internationally at Islamic centers, universities, hospitals and Muslim conferences and has delivered Friday Khutbah on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He has earned multiple certifications in interfaith conflict management, conflict analysis and negotiation from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He was the first Muslim chaplain student at Children’s Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Dallas, TX. He has published works in the Washington Post and Temple University’s Journal of Ecumenical Studies. He also writes for the Huffington Post Religion section. He was a 2012 fellow with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. He has led and participated in interfaith and intrafaith international projects in Oman, Trinidad, Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia. He has appeared on local and national media outlets and has been profiled in the Washington Post as “the prototype of the American Imam.” His media accomplishments include being profiled and interviewed in the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, FOX and Voice of Asia.

He is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu and has a working fluency in Spanish, Modern Standard and Qur’anic Arabic.

Focused Areas of Specializations: American Islam
Spiritual Counseling
Muslim Youth Development
Interfaith Relations


 

Seth Rushton
Community Service Coordinator | Email

Apart from his role as the community service coordinator for the chaplain’s office, Seth Rushton is a Ph.D. student at the Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on the interrelation of religion and literature in early America, particularly on the Puritan New English’s reliance upon the Hebrew Bible to explain and justify their lives in the New World. In addition to this work, Seth served as the chairperson for CGU’s 2014 Religions in Conversation Conference and is a current member of the Religion Student Council. Before moving to Claremont, Seth spent six years in New Orleans. While there he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Tulane University and led the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students (CACTUS) in their volunteer efforts to rebuild the city following Hurricane Katrina.


 

Socorro Chavez
Administrative Assistant | Email