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Walker Bristol

Humanist Chaplain
Assistant Director


B.A., Tufts University

M.Div. Harvard University


Walker Bristol, A14, joined the University Chaplaincy as Humanist in Residence in 2014. In 2018, that role was expanded to Humanist Chaplain, alongside the other Associate Chaplains on the University Chaplaincy staff. They served as Tufts Humanist Chaplain until June 2021.

Walker directed the Tufts Humanist Chaplaincy and curated programming for Tufts’ atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, and otherwise non-religious community members. Walker also coordinated chaplaincy resources at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. In addition to Walker’s work in the Chaplaincy, they served as a confidential resource for the Tufts Center for Awareness, Education, and Resources.

Born and raised in southeastern North Carolina, Walker graduated from Tufts in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy. They went on to receive their Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2018, completing research on spiritual care and counseling and intergenerational trauma. Walker was fully endorsed as a Humanist Chaplain and Celebrant by the American Humanist Association in January 2017. In addition to work at Tufts, Walker serves as a per diem staff chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and as a community educator and certified Rape Crisis Counselor with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

Walker plays piano and electric guitar, loves photography, and raises carnivorous plants in Cambridge.