College is a time of great exploration and adventure, but sometimes changes bring anxiety and you need someone to talk to. Whether it’s about questions of faith or problems with your roommate, your chaplains are available for counseling, advice, or just to lend an ear.

United Methodist Chaplain 

Rev. Joey Heath is the United Methodist Chaplain at American University.  He was raised in southern Georgia and attended college at Valdosta State University, majoring in political science. After changing a previous plan to attend law school, he spent several years working a variety of jobs from camp counselor to working on cruise ships. In 2008 he felt God leading him to be a part of being change in the church as a pastor. In response he enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary and began a Master of Divinity degree. In 2012 Joey graduated and began his first appointment at Stone Chapel UMC in New Windsor, MD. This was followed by three years at Silver Spring UMC as the associate pastor. Joey’s passion in ministry is to see life changing transformation in the world and to be the church where all are welcomed and embraced for exactly who God has created each one to be.

Joey can be contacted by phone at (202) 885-3304 or

Associate Chaplain

Rick Sullivan has been placed with us through the General Board of Global Ministries’ Global Mission Fellow US-2 Track as the Associate for Community Engagement. Rick grew up in Newark, DE where he attended the University of Delaware. While at UD, Rick studied Italian, Chinese, and Arabic, earning a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a minor in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. He also studied abroad in Italy and China. After UD, Rick moved south to Durham, NC where he has just completed a Master of Divinity degree program, with a Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Rick is a Certified candidate on the Deacon tack in the Peninsula Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Rick can be contacted by email at

Chaplain Intern

Every year, the community is served by chaplain interns from Wesley Theological Seminary who are studying for and preparing for ministry. The interns generally assist with program, service projects, retreats, and with the United Methodist Student Association. This year, our chaplain intern is Kayla Carico. You can contact her at

Affiliate Chaplains

A number of Protestant Chaplains are affiliated with the United Methodist community and help out in our ecumenical worship. They represent a number of different denominations.

  • Rev. Mark Schaefer, University Chaplain (United Methodist), (202) 885-3336,
  • Rev. Tom Omholt, Lutheran Chaplain (part-time), (202) 966-5489,
  • Ms. Carolyn Seaton, Episcopal Lay Chaplain (part-time), (301) 585-2063,


Administrative Intern

Laura Sholtz serves the campus ministry as administrative intern. Laura can be contacted at