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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

Nicole P. Roop


Nicole P. Roop is completing her internship with The Humble Walk as a student at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) where she is working towards a Masters in Ministerial Leadership to be an ordained Minister of Word and Service in the ELCA. Nicole is also an administrator at the University of Maryland in the Clark School of Engineering and earned her doctorate in education at George Washington University. Upon completing her degree at ULS, she hopes to be called as a campus chaplain or a seminary administrator. In her home congregation, Keysville Evangelical Lutheran Church, she serves as vice president of the Key Women and is the church's communications point person. Nicole resides near Gettysburg, PA and enjoys powerlifting, hiking Civil War battlefields, fishing on the Potomac River, spoiling her nephew & nieces, and spending time with her dogs and cats.

Deacon Intern

Anna Newell


Anna Newell is a senior 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