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Matt Woodard
Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry at Brown

Matt-WoodardMatt graduated with a BA in exercise & sports science from the University of North Carolina. After graduation, he worked as an athletic performance specialist, coaching collegiate and professional athletes. Matt earned an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. While in seminary, he worked as an editorial assistant with the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project.  In his free time, Matt enjoys studying the biblical languages, baseball, and spending time with his wife, Allison, and their two boys, Reece and Cade.


Laurel Copp

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Brown

Laurel2Laurel graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Theology as well as a Master of Arts in Old Testament. She has taught Bible and theology at Portsmouth Christian Academy and at Gordon College. During that time she also developed a new ministry to reach out to women in the sex industry. Laurel is interested in the intersection of faith and life, particularly how the Gospel informs and drives our involvement in culture and issues of justice.

Laurel is married to Chip, and they have two young daughters, Evalyn and Phoebe.


Ben Pascut

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Brown

BenP2019Ben Pascut is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning lecturer educated at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D.). In addition to presenting his work at King’s College London, Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, he served as a research consultant for the National Geographic Channel documentary, Jesus: Rise to Power.

Ben is passionate about the intersection of Biblical Studies and Social Sciences, and he is the author of Redescribing Jesus’ Divinity, the only publication to employ an identity theory to the study of Jewish monotheism and Christology. He also serves on the board of MATTOO, an international NGO that addresses the problems of sex trafficking through advocacy programs featured at TEDx Oxbridge, 10 Downing Street, FOX, and CBS news.

He and his wife, Malina, and their son, Mark, enjoy visiting historical sites, drinking coffee, and playing soccer.