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The Rev. Stacy Alan


Stacy was born in the Midwest and raised on both the East and West Coasts. She attended Seattle University, where the Jesuits taught her to love both God and the intellect. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and German.

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After traveling and studying Spanish in Central America, Stacy attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1992. She spent a year of her studies at the Seminario Bíblico Latinamericano in San José, Costa Rica, working closely with Episcopal and Lutheran missions in that city. After graduating, she worked for five years as the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest private emergency feeding program in New York City. She was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of New York in 1998.

From 1999 to 2004, Stacy worked as Assistant to the Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was in charge of coordinating the youth and pastoral care programs. While in Kalamazoo she revived a dormant campus ministry at both Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College and was involved with the Diocesan Evangelism Committee.

Stacy has been the Chaplain at Brent House since January 2005. This vibrant ministry provides a spiritual home for Episcopalians and other spiritual seekers and offers a space in which the life of the spirit and the life of the mind can not only co-exist, but support each other.

Stacy has a son who is a college graduate and a daughter in college. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and whichever children happen to be home, drinking wine with friends, dancing (swing and Latin), knitting, and singing sad Irish ballads and Latin American protest songs.

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Kim is pursuing her Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary. She received her M.A. from DePaul University with a focus on nonprofits to help youth in underserved areas. Her grandfather was one of the original plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education (from Briggs v. Elliott), whose legacy has tapped at her conscious throughout her life, reminding her to help others.

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While enrolled at DePaul, she founded Jacquelyn of All Trades, NFP in March 2014, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women through mentoring, educational support, and care. She has also served on eleven ministries, committees, and boards throughout her life including South Suburban Special Recreation Association (supporting teens/young adults with physical and mental disabilities), Covenant United Church of Christ (CUCC) New Members Committee, CUCC Youth Ministries (lay support), Public Education Reform Ministry (P.E.R.M.), and the University Church/United Church of Christ Illinois Conference Angola Partnership.


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The Brent House board, officially known as the Episcopal Church Council at the University of Chicago, oversees the stewardship of our ministry and resources. The board consists of twelve members of the Anglican Communion (most of whom are affiliated with the University of Chicago), two elected student representatives, the chaplain, and the bishops of the Diocese of Chicago. Terms generally last three years. Student representatives are elected in late spring to serve for the following academic year.

Mary Hope Griffin, chair
L.E. Eames, secretary
George Culver, treasurer

Anna Akers-Pecht
Bill Cosper
Eleta Murray
Lib Gray
Tim Clark
Nyaga Kariuki, student representative
Colin Cooper, student representative
Charles Hopkins
June Mire

The Rev. Stacy Alan, Chaplain (ex officio)

A group of students and Bishop Lee, with glasses raised, are gathered around a long table. Bishop Lee is standing to the left and wearing a red-purple clergy shirt with a neckband collar.
Bishop Lee joins students at Jimmy’s for “Beer with the Bishop” after his annual official visitation.