Jeff Banks

Jeff Banks

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Jeff Banks

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Special areas of interest: Paul's epistles, liturgy, character formation, Frederick Buechner, C.S. Lewis, enneagram, 17th-century British poetry

Hi, there. I’m Jeff, a follower of Jesus and chaplain with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard, where I work with graduate and professional students.

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 have degrees from Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary and have taught ESL in France and worked for a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. When I am not reading or getting coffee with students, you’ll most likely find me watching soccer or plucking a guitar.

Whether you are an enthusiastic believer or a curious seeker, I'd love to get to know you! Send me an e-mail, and we’ll get the conversation going.