ODIME Welcomes New Pastor for the Collegiate Religious Center


The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) is pleased to announce and welcome a new member of our Campus Chaplaincy team: Pastor Nathan Pipho (he/him).

Pastor Nathan Pipho joins Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as a Worcester local who enjoys extending a warm and genuine hospitality to all guests and visitors. Pastor Nathan began serving Trinity Lutheran Church on All Saints Day, November 1, 2016, and was installed as pastor on the Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 2017. He will also be serving as an additional Campus Chaplain for the Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) at 19 Schussler Road alongside Father Alfredo Porras '13 and Rabbi Ahuvah Loewenthal.

Pastor Nathan’s primary duty is to guide the proclamation of Jesus Christ – God’s announcement of mercy, healing, and grace for the world. He preaches on Sundays and Wednesdays, presides at the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, leads worship, teaches, and provides pastoral care. He enjoys extending a warm and genuine hospitality to all guests and visitors. For a sampling of his sermons and other writings visit his personal blog “Prophets and Monarchs.”

Before coming to Trinity, Pastor Nathan served as the pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Quincy, Massachusetts from 2002-2015. His academic degrees include a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2016), a Master in Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2002), and a Bachelor of Arts from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa (1998).

“I am delighted to partner with Pastor Nathan as we serve the WPI Community together. Pastor Nathan has already been a good neighbor to WPI and the Greater Worcester Community. This new partnership as a Campus Chaplain will allow Pastor Nathan access to serve our students in a more direct way. Please join me in welcoming Pastor Nathan to the Herd." –Kalvin Cummings, Assistant Director for Religion and Spiritual Life

Pastor Nathan is an avid reader and card carrying member of the Worcester Public Library with a library book checked out at all times. He loves playing softball, spending time at the ocean, and relaxing on the farm in Iowa where he grew up. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Beantown Softball League in Boston.

Pastor Nathan is eager to meet with students and is holding student hours during B-Term. To schedule time to connect with Pastor Nathan please email: ndpipho@wpi.edu

Please join us in sending a warm welcome to Pastor Nathan Pipho as he joins our WPI community!

To learn more about religious diversity explore Gordon Library's Faith and Spirituality LibGuide.

The Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) provides a space to WPI students, faculty, staff, and community members for the purpose of religious exploration, devotions, worship, prayer, education, administration, and fellowship. Our team of Campus Chaplains serve as spiritual advisors for students, and can offer support and guidance irrespective of students' primary religious traditions. As spiritual advisors to the WPI community, Campus Chaplains counteract the inequality of varied expression(s) of religion, spirituality, and any form of meaning-making practice and support student meaning-making expression to tend with systems of oppression as well as any other stressors. This center includes several reservable spaces to suit both spiritual and non-spiritual needs, including a Multifaith Meeting Space, Islamic Prayer Room, and Multifaith Worship Space.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) promotes and oversees all student facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) learning experiences, programs, services, trainings, and initiatives for WPI.