Rev. Megan LeCluyse

Campus Minister and Director

Reverend Megan LeCluyse serves as the Campus Minister and Director of the Christian Association. She came to the CA in August 2012 after completing a dual degree at Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education).

As an undergraduate, Megan attended the University of Arizona, where she majored in English and minored in History and Religious Studies. She played piccolo in the marching band all four years, which was an incredible experience (and a ton of work). She also was very involved in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Her own experience of campus ministry was one of the best parts of her time in college, and where she formed friendships that have lasted until today.

Outside the CA, Megan pursues numerous interests. She often preaches at local congregations as a substitute preacher. As a transplant from Arizona, she tries to be outdoors whenever it is sunny out. This might be hiking, running, or reading a magazine or novel on her patio. She lives with her sister, Annie, and Penny, a 8 year old mixed-breed, head strong pup.

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Lars Peterson

Campus Ministry Association - Intern

Lars Peterson earned his Master’s of Divinity with a focus on Adaptive Leadership from Palmer Theological Seminary in 2023. He is currently an Inquirer for ordination with the Philadelphia Presbytery. His theological interests are in the area of Liberation Theology and the Social Gospel. Lars believes the Church has a responsibility to work to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures, both secularly and spiritually. He also serves as a lay leader at Arch Street Presbyterian Church. Lars also works full time as the Manager of the Patient Advocacy Office at a regional acute care hospital. He enjoys running, bicycling, dinner parties, and family outings. Lars is married to Gabriela and together they are raising their 3-year-old son, Abraham, and their 1-year-old daughter, Edith.

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Dr. William Kelly

Coordinator of Slanguage

Bill has volunteered with the CA for over two decades, leading and teaching the Slanguage program! His passion for language and providing hospitality to international members of the community goes back to his decision in 1957, as a teenager, to begin studying Russian on his own. He majored in Russian and has a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University. In recent years, he has become interested in the work of his grandfather (Rev. William Kelly, MD), a medical missionary who went to China in 1899 and spent most of his adult life there. After a visit to China in 1997 Bill began to develop a hospitality ministry at the CA for international students, known as Slanguage. He currently is trying to learn some Swahili as part of his clean-water work in Kenya.

In addition to his work with the CA, Bill is engaged in volunteer work at his church. He has travelled to Cuba and Kenya to help install and maintain water filtration systems, providing communities with drinkable water through Living Waters.

Board of Directors

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Carla Jones Brown

Carla Jones Brown (She/Her) is a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. She is a pastor, preacher, sister, mother, wife, and friend. She enjoys
creating on paper and in the kitchen!  She longs to see people live in ways that allow them to clarify their deepest desires and dreams and also to discern where the Holy is leading them!

She currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian
Church in Philadelphia. She hopes to serve the CA in ways that are
life-giving to the students and encouraging to the alumni! She also makes an amazing cheesecake for some of our CA dinners and you're invited to judge for yourself!


Lanese Rogers

Lanese came to the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and has worked as the Executive Assistant to the University CIO since 2005. She is excited about joining the CA Board of Directors because it will allow her to interact and engage with a portion of the Penn student population.  When not on campus, Lanese is a member of the ministerial team at Christ of Calvary Covenant Church Ministries International, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and enjoys quality time spent with family and friends.


Zach Burchill

Picture and Bio coming soon!


Angela Carter

Governance Chair

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Gary Christensen

After receiving his B. Eng. from Monash University in Australia, Gary Christensen received his PhD (and MA and MSE) in chemical engineering from Princeton University and retired in 2021 as a technical executive from ExxonMobil with over 30 years experience. While he is an  advocate for the need for deep technical skills, he also strongly believes in the importance of “people skills” leading him to be sought after as a mentor, even after retiring. Gary is a member of The First Presbyterian Church In Philadelphia where he is currently Moderator of the Board of Deacons, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wenonah Free Public Library.


Megan Esterby

Ex-officio member

Meagan is the pastor across the street at University Lutheran Church.  Meagan grew up in northeastern Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and received her BA from Luther College in northeastern Iowa. After teaching history at an International School in China for four years and then working in youth and family ministry for several years, she moved to Philadelphia for seminary and then was called to serve UniLu. She is so thankful for the partnership between her congregation and the CA and is excited about Campus Ministry collaboration.


Jenni Herold

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Rissa Howard

Rissa is a sophomore at Penn studying English and Africana Studies. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, she is a lifelong Christian and is excited to continue to grow in her relationship with Christ during this next chapter at college. Outside of school, Rissa enjoys long walks, singing, and reading (books that aren't assigned:)


Jakob Woerner

Jakob is a PhD student in Genomics and Computational Biology from Illinois. As a lifelong Lutheran, he sees the CA as a second home to grow in his faith and spirituality. Outside of school he enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.

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