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Pastor Ray Ranker

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Ray is originally from Reisterstown Maryland and graduated from UMD in 2004.  He has been a chaplain at Maryland since 2011.  He enjoys playing basketball, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people. After college he spent a year serving in Argentina with Young Adults in Global Mission and spent another approximately two years in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe before going back to seminary.  He has two young children and is a recipient of the James Carr Distinguished Service Award for Lutheran Campus Ministry.


Phone: (410) 294 - 6691

UMD Chaplain

Beth Cooler


Beth is a graduate of a few schools and holds degrees in inconvenient subjects.  She spent five years volunteering with Hospice where she learned to live .  Allergic to sports, Beth enjoys books, animals and spending time with her best friend/husband.


Phone: (301) 927 - 5508

Chaplains Assistant

Anna Newell


Anna Newell is a junior at UMD studying Criminology/Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Statistics. She hopes to attend graduate school in order to pursue a PhD and conduct research that betters society’s understanding of criminal behavior. She got involved with En Camino during her freshmen year and also participated in CARing as well. She decided to become a peer minister because she believes in the power of serving one’s community and because these are exceptional children we are helping. Outside of En Camino she is a member of the Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society and the Coffee House Debate Club. She is also a Research Assistant in a Family Sciences Lab and a Teaching Assistant in a human trafficking class. In her free time she loves cheering on UMD sports, going to concerts, traveling, and playing instruments. 

Peer Minister: En Camino

Sonia Postolache


Sonia Postolache is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Cellular Biology and Spanish.  She loves spending her free time with her family and dogs, playing soccer, and singing.  

Peer Minister: stART