Benfield-Vick Chaplain; Adjunct Professor in Religion
Location: Liberal Arts Hall 209
The Rev. Laura K. Brekke serves as Benfield-Vick Chaplain at Davis & Elkins College, a position that encompasses multiple areas of the College to provide vision and leadership for spiritual development on campus. As Benfield-Vick Chaplain, Brekke guides the student-led Chapel Leadership Team, facilitates religious services, organizes community engagement projects, and oversees the 1001 New Worshipping Community, a movement in the PC(USA) to take on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. She also serves as a member of the president’s Management Team.
- M.Div. Society, Personality and World Religion, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
- B.A. History and English Writing, Queens University, Charlotte, N.C.
- Clinical Pastoral Education, Unit I, Covenant Counseling and Resource Center, Snellville, Ga.
- Certificate of Theology and Ministry, Wesley House, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
A minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Brekke was ordained in August 2014 and has a background in working with young adults of multi-faiths.
Brekke came to D&E from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., where she served as director of religious diversity since 2013. In that capacity, she facilitated and organized multi-faith discussions and celebrations, led a weekly ecumenical Bible study, provided pastoral counseling and co-taught a service learning class on civic engagement and interfaith leadership.
She also served as interim supply pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Livingston, Ala., from 2012 to 2013. There, she was the solo pastor of the church and was responsible for building campus ministry at the University of West Alabama.
She is a member of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations PC(USA) and the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of San Jose, PC(USA).