Neu Chapel Staff

Tammy Gieselman

Tammy Gieselman, DMin

University Chaplain


Tamara K. Gieselman earned a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago. Her research focused on prophetic preaching and biblical authority, which fashioned her doctoral thesis entitled With Compassion and Gospel for All: Toward a Homiletical Hermeneutic of Inclusion. She earned a Master of Divinity with honors from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Evansville. Gieselman is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and spent 17 years in parish ministry before coming to UE. She has served as preaching coach and mentor for the Academy of Preachers and in 2015 co-edited, with her husband, Rev. Mitchell Gieselman, Pentecost on Mockingbird Lane, Volume 6 in the Academy of Preachers’ series published by Chalice Press. She has preached in notable pulpits in the United States and in England. In 2016, the Rev. Dr. the Lord Leslie Griffiths, Superintendent Minister at Wesley’s Chapel in London, England and member of the House of Lords, invited Gieselman to preach in John Wesley’s historic pulpit. Gieselman preached, Prophetic Eyes, at the City Road chapel on June 5, 2016. She has led and participated in a variety of international study tours and education abroad experiences with UE students and adult learners including England, Israel, Rome, and Russia. Her interests focus on preaching, worship, practical theology and interfaith engagement for understanding.|

Believing that religion ought to serve as a bridge rather than a barrier, Gieselman has worked to developed Interfaith Initiatives at UE collaborating with religious communities on campus, in the Evansville community, and internationally. Gieselman has been invited by Religions for Peace USA to serve as a member of the Our Muslim Neighbor Institute, which will focus on Islamophobia in America. Her field work in interfaith initiatives has allowed collaboration with high profile religious leaders such as Imam Dr. Ossama Mohamed Bahloul, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, TN; Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Middle Tennessee State University, TN; Dr. A.-J. Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School, TN; Rev. Thich Hang Dat, Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit Monastery, Corydon, IN; Imam Ibrahim Mogra, Leicester, England; Fr. Tim Curtis, Senior Lecturer in Spiritual Studies, University of Northampton, England; Rev. Dr. James Walters, London School of Economics, London, England; The Rev. Dr., the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port and numerous other interfaith scholars and practitioners who are interested in interfaith dialogue to facilitate greater understanding of "the other."

Gieselman has presented and served on numerous panel discussions such as the Christian-Muslim Forum in London, England, Atheism: The Missing Link in Interfaith; Interfaith Initiatives at a Methodist-Affiliated Institution at the Indiana Annual Conference session for institutions; Exploring Vocation in Worship and the Arts at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; and The Ancient Labyrinth on the Modern College Campus for the University of Evansville's Lifelong Learners series. During her tenure at UE, Gieselman has been invited to lecture in the popular Andiron Lecturer Series, offering Talk Religious to Me: Why Sacred, Soul, and Spirituality are No Longer Dirty Words in Higher Education and Heaven as Gated Community: The Homiletical Challenge of Exclusive Theology in 2014 and 2011, respectively. She has received grants and awards from United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc., The Interfaith Pilgrimage Project; the American Guild of Organists, Evansville Chapter, Milton Z. Tinker Organ Project; Evansville Interfaith Partnership, Interfaith Field Work; and in 2016, the Lilly Endowment, Inc.,Youth Theology Institute: Open Table grant.
Dallas Gingles

Dr. Dallas Gingles

John Wesley Scholar/Assistant Chaplain/Religious Life


Dallas Gingles is the John Wesley Scholar and Assistant Chaplain at the University of Evansville. Dallas earned his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at Southern Methodist University, and is currently revising his dissertation, Against Innocence: Bonhoeffer and Augustine on Responsibility and Political Guilt, for publication. As a member of the Early Career German-American Bonhoeffer Research Network, he is beginning work on a political theology of contemporary Christian martyrdom. His research interests include responsibility ethics, Christian martyrdom, political theology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pentecostal theology.

Dallas, his wife Rebecca, and their 3-year old son, Graham, are members of the Episcopal Church. For fun they read books together, visit extended family in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Colorado, play baseball, watch the Cowboys, and eat tacos.
Patrick Ritsch

Mr. Patrick Ritsch

Neu Chapel Organist


Patrick Ritsch has collaborated as a musician with the nationally recognized University of Evansville Theatre Department, the University of Southern Indiana Theatre, Evansville Civic Theatre, Back Alley Musicals, and Kentucky Wesleyan College. Mr. Ritsch currently holds the position of Neu Chapel organist at UE, where he also works closely with students in the Department of Music. Also an accomplished baritone, Mr. Ritsch has performed on both the opera and concert stages. His performances include Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation (Raphael), Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (Father), and Bach's St. John Passion (Pilate). Additionally, he has composed two shows for Tales and Scales, a traveling children’s theatre troupe - Mice! and Perfect: A Tale of a Different Duck, the latter of which received performances at the Kravis Center. Mr. Ritsch received his training at the University of Evansville, where he studied voice with Dr. Gregory Rike, piano with Anne Hastings Fiedler, and organ performance with Dr. Douglas Reed.
Douglas Reed

Dr. Douglas Reed, DMA

University Organist Emeritus

Douglas Reed began his musical studies in northern Michigan where his high school organ teacher was August Huybrechts, then director of music of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. Reed went on to the University of Michigan where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance as a student of Robert Clark, Robert Glasgow, and Kim Kasling. He completed his formal academic work at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Organ) and the coveted Performer's Certificate as a student of Russell Saunders.|

Reed was a Professor of Music and the University Organist at the University of Evansville where he taught organ and harpsichord performance, music theory, and sacred music courses for over 35 years. Many of his students have distinguished themselves as performers, teachers, and church musicians throughout the United States. Reed has received research grants and awards from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mesker Trust Fund, the University of Evansville, and the Friends of UE Music. He was also honored with the University's Sadelle and Sydney Berger Annual Award for Scholarship. He is a distinguished performer, teacher, church musician, and recording artist. He has performed widely in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. The success of his students and his devotion to the art of teaching are acknowledged throughout the organ performance and sacred music fields. In 2005, he was listed among Who's Who of America's Teachers.

Reed faithfully served in Neu Chapel for over 25 years providing both musical and liturgical leadership. Student cantors, jazz musicians, and chapel interns benefited greatly from his teaching. In 2015, University President, Tom Kazee, affirmed Reed's contributions to Neu Chapel, Religious Life, and University Ceremonies by appropriately conferring on him the title University Organist Emeritus.

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