- University Chaplain/Everett H. Jones Chair of Ministry , Spiritual Life
Chaplain Serna-Wallender '08, '09 is a Trinity alumnus, having received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies with a minor in economics, as well as a master’s degree in teaching. He also holds a master’s degree of divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds a spiritual direction certification.
In his role as University Chaplain/ Everett H. Jones Chair of Ministry Chaplain Alex is excited to provide radical hospitality and support to the entire University community as they connect their spiritual and religious lives with their passion for academics and desire to transform the world. In his role he supports the religious and spiritual groups at Trinity, in addition to offering opportunities for individuals and groups to explore the deeper questions of purpose, to practice contemplative action, and to engage in purposeful dialogue. He also provides pastoral care to students, staff, and faculty of all traditions.
Chaplain Alex previous served as the Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he oversaw religious and spiritual life for the entire campus community, working to provide multi-faith programming, interfaith initiatives, community-based mentorship opportunities, and faith-based service learning experiences. Prior to that, he served as the Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow at Columbia University and in the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University.
Alex lives in San Antonio with his wife, Elena, who is also a Trinity alum. He loves gardening, hiking, playing board games, having people over to the house, and grabbing coffee with everyone!