Religious Life Staff
Welcome. The Religious Life Staff is made up of full-time and student staff members who are here to help you connect with your spiritual life, and to help you grow in your faith as your grow into your chosen path of study. ONU is related to The United Methodist Church, but we are here to help students of all faiths, or even no particular faith at all, as they explore the spiritual dimensions of college life.
Our Mission: As a Religious Life Staff, we are: Growing in Christ, Proclaiming the Good News and Reaching out in Fellowship to all.
Rev. Dr. David E. MacDonald
David was ordained as elder in the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2008. He has served churches in Niles, Marshallville, and Edison, Ohio, as well as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He is a graduate of Mount Union College, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as university chaplain, David coordinates Get Connected ONU, our online volunteer management system. David and his family attend Shawnee United Methodist Church in Lima, and he is active in the Ada community. In his spare time, David likes to go camping, fishing and hiking, reading, writing haiku poetry, and taking his two dogs (Mack and Cheese) for walks around town. You might also see him driving his orange and black golf cart around Ada from time to time! David is a featured author in the new book from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace, and will have an article forthcoming in Presence: A Journal of Spiritual Direction.
Advanced Administrative Assistant
Jody has served as the administrative assistant in the Chaplain's Office since 2005. She supports Chaplain David in his work and cares for the daily activities of the Religious Life staff and leadership, as well as serving as the outreach coordinator for the outreach teams. Jody is a graduate of Northwestern Business College-Technical Center. She and her husband grew up in Allen County and attend St. John's LCMS Lutheran church near Wapakoneta. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a precious grandson. Jody enjoys being outside, from walking and biking to kayaking and gardening and she is rarely seen at home without her mini Australian Shepherd, Bandit, by her side
Ada Friends Coordinator
Lauren is an Exercise Physiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major from Tipp City, Ohio. In addition to serving as the Ada Friends Coordinator, Lauren teaches group fitness classes on campus and is involved in several other organizations including Northern Christian Fellowship, Newman Club, and PT/OT Club. She enjoys running, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Kara Dilts is a Management Student from Fredericktown, Ohio. She loves warm weather and meeting new people. She also loves singing loudly to music in her car. She loves games and will accept any challenge for Connect 4!
Kaitlyn is a 2013 graduate of Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL. She is the oldest of 3 siblings. She's played slow-pitch softball for 9 years and loved playing shortstop and being in the middle of the action.Kaitlyn is a member of the Ohio Northern University Marching Band (ONUMB) and have been marching for a total of 7 years. In her very little free time she likes to binge watch TV shows on Netflix, read, and obsess over Captain America.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Abby is a pharmacy major from Youngstown, Ohio. Besides being part of the Religious Life Staff, she participates in other religious life and pharmacy organizations, including Kappa Phi, Merge, Kappa Epsilon, and the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists. Her other hobbies include watching Supernatural, singing and dancing, and hanging out with her twin sister, Claire.
Tech Team Coordinator
Heather is from Springfield, Ohio, and came to Ohio Northern to study Engineering Education. Since being on campus she has gotten involved with many organizations including Merge, Society of Women Engineers, Concrete Canoe Paddling Team, and American Society of Engineering Education.
Olivia is from Wadsworth, Ohio. She is involved in other Christ-based organizations like Kappa Phi and Ohio Northern Christian Apologetics on campus. In her free time she enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix and being with friends and family.