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Education:

M.Div. Yale Divinity School

M.A.R. Yale Divinity School

B.A. Gordon College

Biography:

The Reverend Daniel Bell was appointed Protestant Chaplain at Tufts in August of 2016. As a member of the University Chaplaincy team, Dan is dedicated to enriching the spiritual and ethical lives of all those affiliated with Tufts, with a focus on the Protestant community. He works closely with the Tufts Protestant Students Association to develop the ecumenical Protestant community on campus. Dan works with students to coordinate worship services, spiritual formation activities, service and social justice projects, and ecumenical and interfaith initiatives. He also provides pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff.

In addition to his ministry at Tufts,  Dan is also the Assistant Rector at the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Massachusetts. At Good Shepherd, he oversees Christian education programs for children and youth, and offers pastoral and liturgical support to the parish.

He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education as a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut. Dan also served in the Life Together fellowship, an Episcopal Service Corps program, for two years after his divinity studies. As a fellow, Dan was the Diocesan Intern at St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. There he supported youth and young adult ministries, and engaged in community organizing around social justice issues. His proudest moment at St. Stephen’s was helping to establish BE YOU, a youth group for LGBTQ+ high school students and peer allies.

Dan was ordained as an Episcopal priest in February of 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2013 with a Master of Divinity degree, and received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale. Dan also earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree summa cum laude, with a concentration in the History of Christianity, from Yale Divinity School in 2010.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Gordon College in 2008, where he studied history, biblical studies, and theology. As an undergraduate, Dan was active in campus ministries and student government. He also studied abroad in Italy and Greece, and spent his junior year in England at the University of Oxford.  

Dan has family in New York, Florida, and Japan, where his brother, sister-in-law, and nephews live. A native of Long Island, New York, Dan currently lives in Malden. He enjoys walks, bike rides, being with friends, reading, traveling, and watching Netflix in small doses. Last but not least, Dan is a lifelong Trekkie.