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Chaplain's Office Staff

The Office of the Chaplain exists to cultivate an environment in which students, faculty, and staff learn to love Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

250x250 staff portrait 2020 chaplains officeDr. Greg Waybright is from Bluefield, West Virginia and is married to Chris Waybright (B.A., from Wheaton College, ’75). They have two children and two granddaughters and one grandson. Greg graduated from Wheaton College in 1974 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Biblical Studies and from Wheaton Graduate School in 1978 with an M.A. in Communications. He also holds a diploma from the Moody Bible Institute, and degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Marquette University. For five years, he served as soloist and music director of the Evangelistic Team-Hamburg in Germany. Following that, he served churches as pastor in California, Wisconsin, and Illinois. From 1995-2007 Greg was President of Trinity International University. He enjoys almost all kinds of music, playing tennis, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He most recently served as the teaching pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA, and also as a Trustee for the College from May 2010 to July 2020. You may contact Greg at greg.waybright@wheaton.edu.

Donte FordDonté Alexander Ford is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and serves the Wheaton College community as Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Chaplain for Worship Arts. He is an alumnus of Penn State (B.A.) and Southern Methodist Universities (M.S.M., M.M., M.Div.) and is completing a Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Arizona. Though aptly described as a musician, minister, and scholar, Donté is also a loving husband to his wife, Latoya, and a loving father to his son, Donovan. At Wheaton, Donté teaches Principles in Music and Worship Ministry, coaches Chapel Bands, oversees the music and worship arts offerings in Chapel worship, and serves as the primary faculty advisor for the Worship Arts Certificate

Donté's many musical talents have afforded him the opportunity to serve as guest clinician/conductor, lead pianist, opera chorister, resident percussionist, and Minister of Music. His musical activities also include composing, as he is a published composer with GIA Publications, Inc. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Sankofa Chorale, a multi-ethnic choral ensemble that preserves and perpetuates African-American Choral music while performing that music alongside choral masterworks of the Western European choral canon.

A Christian minister, Donté is a gifted preacher, holding ordination and ministerial credentials in the Holiness-Pentecostal and Baptist traditions, respectively. Though a life-long Pentecostal, Donté is committed to the diversity of the body of Christ. As a scholar, Donté focuses his efforts on the history and preservation of Black American concert and popular music, church hymnody, congregational song, and the history, theology, and music of African-American Pentecostalism. His scholarly work includes lectures on African-American choral art forms and contributions to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology and UM Discipleship Ministries’ History of Hymns. You may contact Donté at donte.ford@wheaton.edu.

Greg Anerson Chaplains Office Wheaton College ILA 1977 Wheaton College graduate, Greg Anderson earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, S.T.M. in Theology from Yale University, and Ph.D. in Communication Studies/ Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is a seasoned pastor serving in both American and international contexts, including the Union Church of Hong Kong and the International Community Church in London, and churches in South Dakota and Ohio. He teaches public speaking and preaching courses to Wheaton undergraduates in addition to his duties as chaplain.

He is thrilled to be in the company of Wheaton’s world-class scholars, staff, and students and to support them spiritually. He is eager to support and encourage our graduate students to find their place of service. Chaplain Anderson is keen on helping our international students adjust to a new culture (and climate). He learned so much from the international graduate school students he met as an undergraduate and he hopes to keep learning from them.  

He enjoys collecting and reading books. But most of all, he is besotted by his fishing buddy and wife of thirty-five years, Holly. Together they are restoring a 1887 house, with Holly doing the skilled and he the unskilled labor. They have four fine adult children and three glorious grandkids. Chaplain Anderson’s life verse is Philippians 1:6. He grows increasingly confident that “he who began the good work” in us with bring it to spectacular completion in the day of Christ Jesus. He can be reached at greg.anderson@wheaton.edu

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Karin Stock Buursma graduated from Wheaton in 1996 with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in music. She has spent most of her career in Christian publishing, editing a variety of nonfiction books. She has also worked as a freelance writer on a number of projects and has coauthored two books of devotions. She joined the Chaplain’s Office on a part-time basis in August 2021 and is happy to be back at Wheaton! Her role primarily involves managing chapel attendance.

Karin and her husband, Joel, have two daughters. In her free time, Karin enjoys singing, reading all kinds of fiction, playing board games with her family, volunteering at her church’s food pantry, and consuming large quantities of coffee and dark chocolate. You may contact Karin at karin.buursma@wheaton.edu.

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Ray ChangRay Chang's pastoral role includes working alongside the Chaplain, as well as providing oversight and leadership to the Discipleship Ministries (DM) on campus.

Though born in Chicago, Ray has had the opportunity to travel widely (40+ countries and counting!), and has lived in various places in the world, including countries in Asia, Europe and Central America. Since his graduation from Wheaton College in 2006, Ray worked with the Peace Corps in Panama as a Community Economic Development Volunteer, as a youth pastor in Los Angeles, as a director of two non-profits, and at a real estate technology company based in Seattle. Prior to working at Wheaton, Ray served for three years on the pastoral staff at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington, IL.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ray is happily married to Jessica (Min) Chang, class of 2012, and is pleased to be able to serve at his Alma Mater. You may contact him at ray.chang@wheaton.edu.

250x250 staff portrait 2021 chaplainsKedisha Kelly is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, the third largest and most beautiful (God did some of his best work) island in the Caribbean. She serves as the Ministry Associate of Spiritual Formation with graduate degrees from Moody Theological Seminary in 2016 (Master of Divinity) and Wheaton College in 2019 (M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling). Kedisha is deeply convicted about the importance of God’s word and his truth–all truth is God’s truth–and how it should frame all aspects of our life. This conviction is the foundational and fundamental premise for her work in student development and informs how she seeks to comes alongside students as they wrestle through the challenges of this unique season of life.

Kedisha attends the Progressive Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago. She enjoys conversation with friends, watching movies, listening to music, and eating/cooking.  Additionally, Kedisha plays multiple sports (volleyball, tennis, netball); these are her preferred choice for maintaining physical fitness and she enjoys watching them as well. You may contact Kedisha at kedisha.kelly@wheaton.edu

250x250 staff portrait 2021 chaplainsEric grew up as a missionary kid in a diverse suburb of Paris, France, where his parents worked with immigrants and refugees. Eric cherishes his early years growing up in a diverse context as a 'third culture kid'. He has been blessed to live, study, and minister in over 20 countries to date. He loves to learn from and support minority communities, finding Christ among the outcasts. 

In his role at Wheaton, Eric is committed to supporting those whose experience of gender and sexuality does not seem to fit “the norm”. He hopes to paint a captivating vision of redeemed sexuality for all Christians—including sexual minorities—and to seeing the whole Body of Christ bask in Christ’s life-giving healing and joy!

Eric is married to Liz, and together they are raising two young sons. Eric lived in Colorado for nearly a decade, so the mountains remain the closest thing to “home” for him until the everlasting Mount Zion. He loves reading, exploring nature (as much as the Midwest allows), getting coffee with friends, traveling, and spending time with family. Eric has lived in Chicagoland for the past decade. Eric holds degrees in Applied Linguistics (B.A., Moody Bible Institute, 2015), Biblical and Theological Studies (M.A., Moody Theological Seminary, 2017), and Divinity (M.Div., Trinity School for Ministry, 2021). You may contact Eric at eric.larson.01@wheaton.edu

250x250 staff portrait 2021 chaplainsAbbi Littrell recently graduated from Wheaton in the spring of 2021 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Bible/Theology. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, IL, only thirty minutes north of campus, and is currently in the dual M.A. program for Bioethics and Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. 

Her position includes logistical and administrative support for Ray Chang and Discipleship Ministries, as well as leading some of the small groups consisting of cabinet members and coaches. She was part of DM for all four years during her undergrad years as a participant, leader, coach, and then cabinet member. Abbi is thrilled to be serving in this role as DM was incredibly influential during her time at Wheaton. Ask her about it sometime! When she isn’t studying, she enjoys horseback riding, reading mystery novels, and trying out new recipes. You may contact Abbi at abbi.littrell@wheaton.edu. 

250x250 staff portrait 2021 chaplainsJessie Taetz is thrilled to be joining the team at Wheaton College! She is an alumna of California Baptist University, where she received her B.M. in Music Education with an English minor in 2018 and her M.M. in Music Education in 2020. Her husband, Jericho, serves as the Worship Pastor at Ashburn Baptist Church in Orland Park and the couple moved from southern California to the greater Chicago area in the summer of 2020.

In her free time, Jessie also volunteers as the communications director at her church and serves on their worship team. She was raised in Seattle, WA and is an avid football fan, so you can find her enthusiastically cheering on the Seahawks during the fall. She also enjoys discovering new coffee shops and bookstores, walking unfamiliar trails, and exploring the local towns and cities surrounding her new home! You may contact Jessie at jessie.taetz@wheaton.edu

250x250 staff portrait 2020 chaplains officeFrancesca Tso is delighted to return to Wheaton after graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in both English Literature and Spanish. She enjoys the behind the scenes administrative work as well as meeting students, so come by and say hi! Francesca aspires to become a children’s librarian and is working on her M.S. in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Francesca has lived on the West and East Coast and has decided that both are superior to the Midwest—she particularly misses the hills and mountains—but is deeply grateful for her community in the Wheaton area.

Francesca is a voracious reader, takes walks as frequently as the Chicago weather will permit, loves spending time with kids, and is always ready for a good conversation or a new adventure! Her passions include community, relationships, and hospitality, and you will often find her having conversations about race/ethnicity/culture, emotional awareness, literature, and spiritual formation, haunting used book stores, or writing in her journal.  Francesca enjoys having people over to her house and is constantly devising new ways to welcome others in whether it’s throwing a dumpling party or hosting a board game night. You may contact Francesca at francesca.tso@wheaton.edu.