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Religious & Spiritual Life

Chaplain Biography

Chaplain Gary Riding A Smoothie Bike

Chaplain Gary (the Man Beneath the Hat!)

Chaplain Gary Brower became DU's University Chaplain in the summer of 2007. Gary grew up in Portland, Oregon. He holds undergraduate degrees from both Northwest Christian College (B.A. in Biblical Studies) and the University of Oregon (B. S. in Religious Studies). His M.Div. is from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. In 1996 he completed his Ph.D. in Religion (Early Christian History) at Duke University. His dissertation was entitled Ambivalent Bodies: Making Christian Eunuchs.

He has published, taught and/or lectured in the areas of New Testament, Church History, Anglican history, Women's Studies, and, most recently, has written a collection of commentaries on several popular Christmas carols. At the University of Denver, he also teaches a course in the Honors Program on "Pets, Partners, or Pot-roast"!

Prior to his ordination to the Episcopal priesthood, Gary spent several years as an internal accountant in the paper industry. Since then, he has been the Episcopal campus minister at Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and, for eleven years prior to coming to Denver, the University of California-Berkeley. While at UC-Berkeley, he served for six years as the Chair of the University Religious Council (the campus/inter-religious umbrella group), as well as in national denominational and ecumenical leadership and advisory positions.

Gary is a firm believer in Appreciative Inquiry, a method of managing change (whether group/organizational or personal) based on what is working best in that group or individual. He holds a Certificate in "Appreciative Inquiry and the Practice of Positive Change" awarded by the Corporation for Positive Change. He is also a licensed trainer of "Appreciative Living Circles".

Gary has been married to Susan Bailey for over thirty years. They have two children, a son and daughter, both adopted from China. Gary and Susan have been avid bird-watchers, and are working to pass that love on to their kids. The whole family loves bicycling (Gary completed the 560-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS LifeCycle in 2005). DU and Colorado offer many opportunities for all of those interests!

View Gary's CV

Chaplain's AssistantS - Program

Ryan Collins

ryanRyan Collins is a senior at the University of Denver. He is currently seeking a double major in History and Religious Studies. Ryan enjoys studying Arabic, and has studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. He plans on continuing his journey in higher education in History. Ryan is a foodie and loves to travel around the country. He is absolutely in love with both Mexican and Indian food, and finds New York City to be his favorite travel destination so far!


Marshall Schroeder

Marshall photoAloha Everyone,

My name is Marshall Schroeder and I hail from Honolulu, HI. I am a native Hawaiian who has spent my entire life living here in the islands. I was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, then moved to Oahu when I was 6. I attended Kamehameha Schools until my Senior year to which I attended Creighton University to receive my Bachelors in Psychology. After graduating from Creighton I took a sabbatical year off to change my life for the better. I was originally a medical student but had a change of heart once I went through orientation. I realized my love for psychology was not prescribing medicine but rather being for and with others. So I withdrew out of medical school, studied for the GRE and in the meantime lost over 100 pounds in the last year. This will be my first year at University of Denver, to which I will begin the process of acquiring my degree in Clinical Psychology, PsyD. 

me ke aloha pumehana (with warm greetings)


Danielle Xanthos


Danielle, a native Long Islander who appreciates a good bagel and Billy Joel, is a perpetual student with a clear, yet flexible, goal in sight. She began her studies at the University of Vermont, earning a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in music, then her M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, followed by her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. The last leg of this long academic journey has brought her to DU to earn a Doctor of Psychology, specializing in Military Psychology and Oncology Psychology. When she is not critically reading the DSM-5, she enjoys being in the sun drinking a good cup of black coffee, and reflecting on how we can put these words of Abraham Heschel into practice: Remember the meaning of life is to live life as if it were a work of art. You are not a machine. You are young. Start working on this great work of art that is called your own existence.


Rebekah Lee

Rebekah photoRebekah Lee is a junior at the University of Denver and is double majoring in Spanish and International Studies. Her plan is to apply to the Morgridge College of Education to become a high school Spanish teacher in the near future. She loves anything that has to do with Jesus, children, Spanish, the country of Peru, her faith, and serving others! She also enjoys being artsy and crafty and being with her family and friends.