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Meet the Staff

The spiritual life staff and associated chaplains support student religious organizations, facilitate formal and informal opportunities for exploration of religious belief and practice, and offer spiritual care and counseling.

Spiritual Life Staff

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University Chaplain/Everett H. Jones Chair of Ministry
asernawa [at]
Parker Chapel
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Senior Secretary
ncortez [at]
Parker Chapel
Professor David Heller
University Organist
dheller [at]
Dicke/Smith Building

Associated Chaplains

The Chaplaincy has welcomed the following people as volunteer Associated Chaplains. Appointed and supported by their own religious organizations, they serve particular religious communities on our campus.

Douglas Steinman
Amanda Sturgeon
Lead staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Douglas and Amanda are excited to serve as the lead staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Trinity University. Their passion to see students transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ through the study of the Bible, a commitment to evangelism, and the practice of mission and justice on their campus and throughout the city.

Wil Nettleton 
RUF Campus Minister
wil.nettleton [at] ( )

Wil serves as the RUF Campus Minister at Trinity University. Wil is originally from Tupelo, MS and is married to Mary, who is from Marion, NC. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. The Nettletons love a good Netflix binge, playing with their dog, Charlie, Ole Miss football, North Carolina basketball, and grilling out with friends.

Johnny Silva
United Methodist Campus Minister

Reverend Johnny Silva, Director, Wesley San Antonio, serving United Methodist Campus Ministries since 2013. Johnny is an ordained minister in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. When not serving college students, he takes in golf, disc golf, or living it up with his son, "Action" Jackson and wonderful wife, Laura.

Alan Yancelson
Director of Hillel San Antonio
ayancelson [at] 

Alan is the Director of Hillel San Antonio, which serves Jewish students at colleges and universities across San Antonio, including Trinity's Jewish Student Association. Alan is originally from Mexico City and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in marketing and a concentration in Psychology. Alan loves meeting new students and learning more about them. In his free time he likes to play softball and tennis, and spend time with his dog Jimmy.