Denicia Ratley BWEL

Denicia Ratley

Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

As the Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, Denicia supports various faith communities on campus, oversees a team of Chaplains and the daily operations of the Glavin Family Chapel. With a pastoral heart and passion for justice, she is intentional about creating spaces for religious diversity and tolerance.

Denicia is also a First Year Seminar Instructor where she facilitates classroom conversations and interactions around community engagement, microagressions and privilege. Her ability to understand and teach cross culturally, combined with a sense of humor and excitement, creates an environment for students to authentically learn and thrive. Denicia join Babson in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Faith, Reflection, and Chaplaincy. She has accompanied colleagues and students on Service Learning Immersion Trips to Indian River Florida, New Orleans, and Tanzania.

Denicia graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with a MA in World Missions and Evangelism, concentrating on Cross Cultural Counseling, and a MA in Theology and Ethics. During her time in graduate school, she was the president of the Women Student Association and the Black Student Association. Denicia was a Pierce Fellow, which introduced her to contemplative practices and reflective tools. She completed her Overseas Mission Practicum in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, serving and assisting Muslim refugees from Sudan, Iraq and Turkey. This experience confirmed Denicia’s passion for cross cultural experiences and interfaith dialogue. Denicia received a BA in Human Development and Family students and a minor in African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In her spare time, Denicia enjoys reading historical and current research around mass incarceration and racial disparities within the Black community as well as helping women find confidence in themselves by deconstructing beauty standards and apprehensions around makeup and natural hair.

Phone: 781-239-5969
Office: Glavin Family Chapel, Room 101

Rabbi Neal Gold, Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Neal Gold

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Neal Gold joined Babson in 2018 as the Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director. Neal holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University, earned his MAHL and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and received an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Babson, he served as the national Director of Content and Programming for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, and was a delegate at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on October 16. For 18 years, he led synagogues in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In addition to his work at Babson, Neal teaches university-level adult education courses for Me’ah, a program of Hebrew College, and currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.

Neal is the author of many academic and popular writings about Judaism, and he is the editor of Radiance: The Collected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel, to be published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2020. He is passionate about teaching Jewish spiritual texts, and interfaith conversations and bridge-building. He enjoys music, writing, yoga, and fly-fishing.

Phone: 781-239-4505
Location: Glavin Family Chapel

Darrell Hamilton, Protestant Chaplain

Darrell Hamilton

Protestant Chaplain

Darrell is an ordained Baptist minister. Darrell’s ministry is centered on advancing diversity, inclusion, and advocacy for the vulnerable and marginalized as aspects of the Christian tradition to inspire our world toward greater justice and love for all people. Darrell is a graduate from Wake Forest School of Divinity where he received his Masters in Divinity in 2017. Darrell also has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Darrell’s preaching, teaching, leadership, and community engagement is inspired by the principles and scholarship of James Cone, James Baldwin, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Jeremiah Wright, Jr., and the examples of Martin Luther King, Jr., William Barber, II, Otis Moss, III, and others. Darrell is the former Executive Minister for Operations and Resource Development at Middle Collegiate Church in New York. Prior he was the Pastor for Formation and Outreach at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Program Director for City Mission Boston's Urban Pastoral Ministry Program, and held leadership positions with the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Darrell’s vision for ministry is to lead an intentional welcoming, affirming, and progressive Christian community, as he conspires to advance the economic, spiritual, and systemic liberation for all marginalized people.

Phone: 781-239-5969
Location: Glavin Family Chapel

Dr. Donna McKenzie, Catholic Chaplain

Dr. Donna McKenzie

Catholic Chaplain

Dr. Donna McKenzie joins the multi-faith team as Catholic Chaplain, having previously served in similar capacities at Albertus Magnus College and Smith College. Dr. McKenzie has specialized training in Catholicism and theological ethics, and comes to Babson with extensive teaching and ministry experience.

Dr. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from Smith, a master of divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. McKenzie has held various teaching, research, and administrative appointments at Fordham University, Cornell University, and the Graduate Theological Union.

Phone: 781-239-5969
Location: Glavin Family Chapel