Contact to schedule a meeting with a Chaplain, or call 864-294-2133.

Furman’s chaplains work with students, faculty, and staff from all and no religious traditions to coordinate spiritual life at Furman. You will find us overseeing religious-specific programs, interreligious understanding, religious and moral dialogue, and pastoral care and counseling. We also coordinate educational programs on moral, ethical, religious and spiritual issues and lead ecumenical and interfaith community worship opportunities through the year.

The word chaplain might not be an everyday one for you. Here in the Office of Spiritual Life, it’s our job–and really, our joy–to help you grow more deeply in your own faith and spirituality as you ask the questions we all face about life, calling, and what matters most to us. We are here to confidentially listen, to learn with you, and to help make the challenging and enlivening connections between your deepest longings and the world’s greatest needs.

Spiritual Guidance and Pastoral Counseling

For many of you, college may be the first time you’re exploring your faith away from home. We’re here to act as a sounding board for whatever questions you might have. Maybe you’ve grown up in one faith but have always been curious about another, or maybe you didn’t grow up in a particular faith tradition and want to know how to start the conversation. Maybe you want to talk with someone about how what you’ve learned from your church, temple, mosque, or synagogue connect with what you’re learning in class. Whatever your faith questions might be, we’re glad to ask them with you.

Do you have a problem or question? We’re here to listen. Students come to us with questions about faith or purpose, to talk about losing a loved one, or just looking for a non-judgmental, confidential space to work through their problems. We’re not here to impose any one system of beliefs on you.
Common reasons to come to pastoral care:

  • Losing a loved one
  • Questions about vocation
  • Questions about faith or spirituality
  • Looking for a religious or spiritual group to join

Meet Our Chaplains

Vaughn CroweTipton

Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life; University Chaplain; Associate Professor of Religion

Alexis Carter Thomas

Associate Chaplain

Meet Our Staff

Miranda Lowe

Building Coordinator and Office Manager