Jeff Banks

Jeff Banks

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Chaplain Jeff Banks

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Special areas of interest: New Testament, character formation, emotionally healthy spirituality, community, addiction, C.S. Lewis, Frederick Buechner

Hi, there. I’m Jeff, a follower of Jesus and chaplain with InterVarsity at Harvard, where I work with grad students and faculty.

For me, it all starts with community. I came to faith in Jesus when I met Christians who considered God seriously and welcomed people warmly into their homes and lives. At Harvard, I am passionate about cultivating a community in which students feel welcome and learn to think about their faith deeply.

I also care about the university as a place where students can ask the “big questions” about identity, purpose, and value. You probably won’t be surprised to know I was that student who asked his professors about the meaning of life. I believe that the search for truth and meaning leads to Jesus, and that his message is good news to those who realize they don’t have it all figured out.

In the Graduate School Christian Fellowship, we read the Bible together, pray, sing, and think about how our faith relates to our study and work. We also eat a lot of food. Come and join us!

I’m married to Anna, a social worker and therapist. We have two children, Nora and Liam, and one free-spirited goldendoodle, Ginger.

I believe that you’re at Harvard for a deeper, richer, more joyful purpose than merely obtaining a degree. Are you longing for something more in your life but don’t know exactly what? Let’s get together and chat more.

Feel free to send me an email, and we’ll go from there.