Location & Hours

Office: Suite 408 
Mailing Address: 172 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-824-8036
Email: spiritual_life [at] emerson.edu

Meet Our Chaplains

  • Jacob Freedman headshot
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    Hlilel Advisor and Jewish Chaplain

    Hello Emersonians! I’m Jake, Hlilel Advisor and Jewish Chaplain here at Emerson. Previously before working at Emerson, I worked at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology as the Communications Coordinator in Admissions, and also served as the Young Artist Program Manager at Maine Media Workshops + College. I received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Quinnipiac University where I was proud to be the president of the campus Hillel. I also received a Certificate in Jewish Experiential Education from M2 and Hillel International in 2018. In 2020 I was very proud to win the Advisor of the year award from Emerson. I am extremely excited to be part of a community that combines my love of Judaism and my passion for working with students. I have always had a lifelong interest in media and entertainment so feel free to ask me about my favorite films too! You can also reach me at jacob_freedman [at] emerson.edu.

  • Brian Indrelie headshot
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    Protestant Chaplain

    Hello! I’m Brian Indrelie, and I’m the Protestant Chaplain here at Emerson College! I’ve been serving here at Emerson since 2014, and have greatly enjoyed advising Christian students from a wide variety of religious experiences and traditions during their college journey. In my role here I advise the Emerson Christian Fellowship, provide spiritual counseling, lead multiple retreats and services each year, and work together with other chaplains to provide interfaith programming. I also have a major cooking hobby, something I like to share with students as often as possible! When I’m not here, I teach theology, biblical studies, and comparative religion at a private prep school northwest of Boston. I live with my wife, Joy, and my three daughters in Haverhill, Massachusetts. If you are interested in processing anything in your spiritual life, please don’t hesitate to stop by the CSL Office on Thursday nights when I’m in, I’d love to meet you! You can also reach me almost any time at brian_indrelie [at] emerson.edu.

  • Manato Jansen headshot
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    Assistant Chaplain for Interfaith Engagement

    Hello Emerson community! I am excited to serve as the assistant chaplain for interfaith engagement, where I work with the Interfaith Council on campus, and assist in organizing retreats and vigils throughout the year, as well as our annual Faith Community Fair of local LGBTQIA+ affirming communities. I am originally from Tokyo, Japan, but moved to Michigan to pursue undergraduate studies in sociology, geography, and international development. I moved to Boston in 2019 to pursue my Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School, and have served in interfaith chaplaincy at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I also serve as a deacon at Old Cambridge Baptist Church. If you have any questions about interfaith engagement on campus, I’m more than happy to connect! You can also reach me at manatojansen [at] emerson.edu.

  • Gabriella Makuc headshot
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    Assistant Chaplain for Spiritual Formation and the Arts and Catholic Advisor

    Hi there! I’m a grad student at BU School of Theology, pursuing an MDiv with concentrations in Theology and the Arts, Music Ministry and Spiritual Formation. I will be serving as Assistant Chaplain for Spiritual Formation and the Arts here at Emerson, and my primary commitments include advising the Newman Club, helping to lead Weekly Wisdom, and supporting the Kindling Zine. I also serve as music minister/choir director for the Protestant church at a local retirement community. My spiritual journey as a Catholic has also led me to interfaith and ecumenical spaces, including two monastic-inspired communities abroad. I am passionate about contemplative and community-building practices of music and prayer.  I can’t wait to get to know you all and hear your stories! I’m always up for a life chat or for sharing music, art and poetry over tea or something sweet! You can reach me at gabriellamakuc [at] emerson.edu.