Chaplain Dori Baker
(434) 381-6103

The Rev. Dori Baker is Sweet Briar's chaplain and director of student spiritual life. She is an ordained United Methodist elder and served a church in the suburbs of Chicago before returning to graduate school to complete a doctorate focusing on the spiritual lives of women and girls. As an independent scholar, she has authored numerous articles and several books, including “Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women” (The Pilgrim Press, 2005) and “The Barefoot Way: A Faith Guide for Youth, Young People and the Adults Who Walk With Them” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012).

Baker also has served on the faculties of several theological graduate and youth ministries programs, advised doctoral candidates, and led retreats as a consultant. As Sweet Briar’s part-time chaplain, she will continue in her position as scholar-in-residence at the nonprofit Fund for Theological Education, supporting its mission to develop the next generation of diverse, creative leaders for the church and academy.

Baker holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in religious and theological studies and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

She lives in Lynchburg with her husband, Lincoln, and two daughters.

Amy Payne
Assistant to the Chaplain
(434) 381-6103

Amy Payne moved to Sweet Briar in the summer of 2011. She and her family love living on this gorgeous campus. She is very happy to now be working for the college and meeting lots of wonderful people. She enjoys meeting the students; their insights, ideas and presence add fresh air to her days.