The Religious Affiliates oversee their student organizations and provide additional support to the students of The Claremont Colleges.
Lorraine Harry Claremont Christian Fellowship
Hi, I am one of the staff for CCF. I graduated from Pomona in 1997, and this is my 21st year doing this work! Through CCF I love getting to know students on an individual basis (Claremont students are amazing!), building community, and creating an inclusive space for people of all identities and wherever they’re at with faith. Chris and I live in Claremont with our 11-year-old daughter Audrey and our cat Momo and would love to have you over to our home when it’s safe! Our family enjoys watching musicals, traveling, camping, playing games, and eating good food (especially Asian food!).
Hi, my name is Chris Harry and I’m one of the staff for CCF. I’m a Pomona alum and have an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary. This is my 17th year(!) of ministry at the Claremont Colleges. I enjoy playing bass guitar, watching movies, eating good food, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends. My wife, Lorraine, and I met at Pomona and love working together with college students. We live with our daughter here in Claremont.
Rabbi Yossi and Rochel live in Claremont with their 4 children. Yossi grew up in Calgary, Alberta while Rochel was raised nearby in Upland, CA. Two years after Yossi got his rabbinical degree in NYC, they moved to Claremont to help support the start of 5C Chabad and have been serving the college community for the last 7 years. They like the beautiful campuses and love the people even more. Hope the people come back soon! Yossi’s favorite campus activity: Meeting with a student or alum for a cup of coffee. Rochel’s favorite campus activity: The 5C Chabad Passover Seder.
Despite 15 years at the 7Cs, I’m still finding new corners to explore on campus. I joined 5CIV Christian Fellowship as a campus minister when my husband Dave became a chemistry professor at Harvey Mudd. In college was when I became a follower of Jesus, and I love helping students know more about God. Dave and I have 3 rambunctious kids, whom you might see running around campus. In addition to corralling our kids, I love board games, dancing, and travel. I have my Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and work for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
I was born and raised in a small town in eastern New Mexico with five brothers. Thank goodness I was the oldest. I graduated from Texas Tech (Go Red Raiders!) and then Asbury Seminary with a Master of Divinity. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home but started following Jesus in college after a time of spiritual exploration and learning how much God loved me. Over the years, I’ve learned faith is a journey with unexpected turns through valleys and mountain tops. Learning to trust Jesus in the midst of it all has been a process that has allowed me to experience more of God’s grace and mercy. Ministry has taken me from west Texas, to Florida, and now California. I love gardening because I see God’s hand in his beautiful creation. You will frequently find me meeting students for a meal or a cup of spiced chai latte (my all-time favorite) at the Motley. My husband and I officially became empty nesters as our twins started college this year. I love organized chaos for the energy and creativity it creates.
A retired CMC philosophy professor, Steve Smith began meditating in 1981, and in 1993 created the Zen Meditation group. Steve has edited two books on Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen: Love and Work, and Nothing Special; Living Zen. He and his wife, Pat, live at Pilgrim Place, a Claremont retirement community. Steve Smith grew up on a farm in Iowa. His B.A. was from Earlham College, a Quaker-related institution. He gained his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and came to Claremont in 1968. Steve is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and attends Claremont Monthly Meeting.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, moved to Baltimore to obtain my Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and eventually found my way to sunny SoCal where I pursued my Master of Theological Studies. My work as a Religious Affiliate has been deeply impacted by my own college experience where I devoted my life to Jesus through a faith community I encountered on campus. My current life includes mentoring students in first, love, coding as a quantitative analyst, serving at a humanitarian-aid organization, leading as a local pastor in Claremont, and chilling with my wife (Lani) and newborn son (Isaac).
I was born and raised in Honolulu but lived in Baltimore for six years where I pursued my Bachelor and Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University before moving to California. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with many incredible students at the Claremont Colleges through first, love while concurrently serving on staff with Solid Rock Church in Claremont, working as the Operations Manager for Habibi International, a humanitarian-aid organization serving refugees in the Middle East, pursuing my Master of Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary, all while being a full-time mom to our new baby, Isaac.