"Chaplain" Archive

Dr. John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr.

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on Feb. 20:

We are saddened to announce that John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Romance Languages, died Feb. 18.

A Winston-Salem Journal obituary announced on Feb. 20 that a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Centenary United Methodist Church.  Additional information is available here.

Dr. Parker joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1950.  He retired in 1987.  During his Wake Forest career he taught French.  At one time, he chaired the Department of Education.  He was a graduate of Wake Forest, also.

We grieve Dr. Parker’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Responses from Imam Griggs and Chaplain Auman


The following is an open letter to the Wake Forest community from Imam Khalid Griggs, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life:

It is with heartfelt emotion that I express my genuine appreciation for the overwhelming expressions of support that I have received in the aftermath of the unconscionable act directed at me, and by default, Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. The student initiated flower and card campaign has led to literally dozens of flowers, plant arrangements, and cards being delivered to my office door by students, faculty, staff, food service workers, campus police, and campus administrators. These deliveries often cause my eyes to water, especially when students, heretofore unknown to me, hand me cards or flowers while tearfully articulating their sorrow and regret that such an incident had occurred. Frequently, an entire departmental staff has brought me tidings of support.

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Categories: Inside WFU

Director of Jewish Life named

Bretan.300x175Gail Bretan has joined the Office of the Chaplain as the University’s Director of Jewish Life.  She began Jan. 6.

Bretan will provide pastoral leadership to Jewish students, staff and faculty including opportunities for worship, prayer, mentoring and counseling.  She will also be a resource for the student group Hillel and offer non-Jewish student opportunities to learn about the Jewish faith.

Bretan also serves as the volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Services in Greensboro. She has a Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in cultural foundations from UNC Greensboro, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a Welcome Reception in the Hillel lounge in Collins Residence Hall this afternoon, Jan. 17, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Categories: Staff News

Assistant Chaplin Khalid Griggs speaks at Oxford

khalid.griggs.300x175Khalid Griggs, assistant chaplain at Wake Forest University and imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, toured the United Kingdom addressing audiences in six cities and at five universities.

The tour was underwritten by Like Media, a Birmingham, England-based company that hosts Muslim speakers from around the world to lecture on a variety of subjects. Dubbed “Reflections,” Griggs’ tour included stops at Bristol, Nottingham Trent and Oxford universities.

Read more in the Winston-Salem Chronicle.

Categories: Staff News

August 2013 staff milestones

See a list of employment milestones reached by staff in August 2013: Read more

Categories: Staff News