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Ben Pascut

Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry at Yale

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.


Chitra Kovoor

Christian Union Ministry Fellow and Cornerstone Partner Coordinator

ChitraBorn and raised in India, Chitra earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Osmania University and an MBA from Bangalore University. She worked in the corporate sector before marrying her husband, George, a pastor.

In 1990, the couple moved to serve the church in the UK. There she raised their three children and supported her husband in ministry in Derby, Birmingham, and Bristol. In the UK, Chitra oversaw and taught at the University of Birmingham and the Selly Oak Federation of Mission Colleges in the areas of management, leadership development, and cross-cultural mission.

Three years ago, God called the Kovoors to ministry in the United States, serving first at a church in New Haven, near Yale University. Chitra now works directly with students at Yale.

Over the course of her time in India, England and the US, Chitra has mentored students from a diverse range of backgrounds. She loves getting to know people and helping them develop their God-given potential. Her passion is seeing people walk well in their respective roles as leaders. In her free time, Chitra enjoys playing competitive tennis, going to the gym, cooking, and welcoming people into her home. The Brit in her can't help brewing a nice pot of tea for anyone who'd care to stop for a cuppa!

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Michael Racine

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Yale

michael racineGrowing up in Traverse City, Michigan, Michael was blessed both to know the love of God and to have one of the nation's best music programs available right in the public schools. A natural learner with a wide variety of interests, Michael's greatest ambition was always to be a saint (still very much a work in progress!), and it comes as no surprise to those who know him that he integrates vocational ministry with work as a musician and educator. As a musician, Michael has sung and played professionally in nearly every conceivable style from Renaissance polyphony to funk.

Whether he's conducting a sacred choral work, interpreting Bach partitas on his Spanish guitar, or singing a Joni Mitchell cover, music making is and always has been for him something deeply soulful, a seeking after what is pure and true.

Michael was highly involved in campus ministry as an undergraduate at Brown, leading worship, co-leading small groups, and graduating with a concentration in Religious Studies. Upon graduation, he moved to Hunan, China, where he taught English for two years at a public middle school and led a small house church. Michael later headed English teaching and curriculum development for a college scholarship program in Haiti, then taught for a year in Spain before coming to study at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He earned his M.Div. from Yale in 2015. In addition to his work with Christian Union, Michael serves as the choir director at St. John's Episcopal Church in New Haven.

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