Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

Resident Community Chaplains

RCC photoOur Resident Community Chaplains provide the SMU community with a more accessible pastoral presence. The Resident Community Chaplains (RCC) program is coordinated by The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, in collaboration with Residence Life and Student Housing and provides support and resources to RAs, CAs, RCDs, and residents who seek their guidance.

RCCs desire to listen to staff and students with a neutral and compassionate perspective. They can help provide guidance in areas of ethics, hospitality, self-understanding, spiritual direction, social activism, vocational discernment, resident issues, as well as personal issues. They are also available for help with community programs and workshops.

Interested in becoming a RCC? 

Job Requirements

It is expected the RCC will:

  • be a Seminary student
  • have good verbal and relational skills
  • have initiative
  • attend the monthly RCC team meetings and the biweekly meetings with mentors
  • be a team player
  • engage his/her community in service between 8-10 hours a week as described above
  • have had some Pastoral Care coursework or experience in the Pastoral Care field (desired)
  • be a servant leader
  • keep short logs of his/her experience on campus as an RCC
  • write a narrative of his/her experience as an RCC at the end of the semester


The RCC will:

  • experience chaplaincy in the SMU campus community
  • have the opportunity to integrate his/her theological education with hands-on experience
  • participate in trainings with RLSH
  • receive support from his/her RCC colleagues during their monthly meeting
  • be assigned a mentor
  • receive a stipend for the semester/year


For more information, contact Judy Henneberger,, 214-768-4505.