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Chaplain Eric Doolittle serves to connect people with their faith life. While he comes from a multi-generation United Methodist family, he seeks joy and fullness of life for all people in their faith journey. Over twenty years in ministry, he has journeyed with people from atheists to Zoroastrians as they explored the deeper implications of faith on vocation, purpose, and meaning. Before joining North Central College, Rev. Doolittle served at Georgetown University School of Law, Hiwassee College, and several congregations in East Tennessee. Drawing from his Appalachian roots and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Chaplain Eric likes to say "All mean all y'all."
As part of the Office of Ministry and Service, Chaplain Doolittle serves as a connection point and resource for the entire NCC family to a wide variety of faith resources. Beyond serving with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, he is a member of the Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association, One Naperville, Unity Partnership, and DuPage NAACP. On campus, Chaplain Doolittle works with the MENA studies program, the NetVUE advisory board, the Veteran Success Team, and the Cultural Affairs Committee, as well as the advisor for the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and United student organizations. His programs include creating the Lux Veritas Speaker Series, Advent Devotional, Dia de Los Muertos, and 12:5 and continuing support for the annual Seder dinner, Mindful Meditation Series, Gospel Extravaganza, and Baccalaureate.
Chaplain Eric is also a dedicated nerd – reveling in Star Wars, comic books, RPGs, and board games. Recently, he used his work as a volunteer blacksmith at Naper Settlement to become a volunteer with RAWtools, an organization dedicated to peacemaking that turns firearms into garden tools. He and his family can be spotted reveling in the cultural opportunities of the area and enjoying gelato downtown.