Neu Chapel Staff
Tammy Gieselman, DMin
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.
Mr. Keith Turner
John Wesley Minister/Assistant Chaplain/Religious Life
Turner brings to the Office of Religious Life a breadth and depth of experience in preaching and ministry. As a student, he has served churches in the Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal traditions, and he is currently working toward ordination in The United Methodist Church. Turner also brings with him a wealth of experience as a pianist, organist, and church musician.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Asbury University and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. While at Asbury Theological Seminary, Turner was inducted into the International Society of Theta Phi, an academic honors society for exemplary scholarship and academic achievement. He is also a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.
Dr. Douglas Reed, DMA
University Organist Emeritus
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.