Interfaith Chaplaincy

The Rev. Allison VanderLinden

Chaplain, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Graduate Students)


135 Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: 207-926-5062

Are you a grad student looking for some Christian fellowship?  Perhaps a grad student questioning God and faith issues?    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has begun a fellowship of grad students on the USM campus. I, Allison VanderLinden, facilitate the ministry. I'm on campus weekly, and I'd be pleased to meet with you at your convenience!

I grew up in Darien, CT,  and attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA and Princeton Theological Seminary for my MDiv. Degree. After several years of pastoring churches, I have changed career paths.  Now I am hoping to gather USM grad students of diverse disciplines for Christian fellowship and learning.  IVCF encourages students from multi-ethnic backgrounds to get to know God through Jesus Christ and encourage each other on his/her own spiritual journey. We are committed to spiritual formation and mutual accountability within each graduate discipline.  We seek opportunities to fellowship and study the Bible together.  We are a welcoming place for Christians and seekers alike.

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013


With the recent retirement of Andrea Thompson McCall, there have been some changes with USM's Religious and Spiritual Life program (previously known as the Interfaith Chaplaincy).

Previously located in the historic Deering Farmhouse at 23 Brighton Ave, the program is now housed within Portland Student Life in the Woodbury Campus Center.  The chaplains and advisors have formed the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, chaired by Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette.  Sarah Holmes, Assistant Director for Student Life and Diversity, will be serving as the administrative liaison for the Council.

Additionally, there is a new meditation and interfaith prayer room in Portland Student Life, that students, faculty, and staff may access during regular business hours.

Any help that you could provide in helping students connect with our programs in our new home, would be greatly appreciated.


Sarah Holmes, Administrative Liasion

Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette, Council Co-Chairs