Meet the Staff

Tim Stevens, University Chaplain


Phone: 847-491-2298

Timothy Stevens has served as University Chaplain since 1986.  He enjoys conducting university chapel service each Sunday of the academic year in Alice Millar Chapel.  In addition, he is responsible for religious life on campus, advising a wide array of religious groups.  His hope is to work with leaders of religious communities to create a positive environment for religious expression and inter-religious understanding and cooperation.  He is available for personal counseling or informal conversation on a range of issues.  He encourages students and other members of the Northwestern community to stop by his office to get acquainted.

Chaplain Stevens is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Northwestern University (Ph.D. in English Literature). He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Tim enjoys travel. Each year, he co-leads a spring break trip abroad, known as “Friendship Missions.” The aim is to increase our global awareness and establish relationships with communities in other countries. In the past, he has traveled to Russia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Cuba.

From time to time, he teach courses on subjects such as: interfaith conflict and dialogue; and faith and service.

If you have questions about the chapel and its programs or about religious life on campus, do not hesitate to contact him.

Tahera Ahmad, Associate University Chaplain

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Tahera Ahmad is a dynamic young female scholar, and a native of the Chicago land Muslim community. She was raised in Morton Grove, and graduated from Niles West High School where she played varsity basketball. She has served the Muslim Community of Chicago through leadership at the MCC, IFS, CIOGC, IMAN, MYNA, ISNA, etc. As a Dept. Head of Islamic Studies at the Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park IL., she taught courses in Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies.

She regularly hosts young Muslim art stages, open mics, and counsels young Muslims through study circles that promote a balanced Muslim life-style. She received graduate certification in Arabic from Al-Diwan, Cairo, Ijaazaat (certification) in Tajweed (art of Quranic recitation) and traditional Islamic sciences from various institutions in USA and abroad. During her graduate studies in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain/Advisor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has been featured in several documentary films about Islam and will be depicted as a young female Muslim Advisor/Chaplain in an upcoming PBS documentary about faith and youth leadership in the United States, titled: The Calling.

Jacquelina Marquez M.Div., MAPC, Associate University Chaplain

Phone: 847-491-2297

jacquelina marquez head shotJackie Marquez is a Christian minister with a rich ecumenical background with roots in Catholicism, Pentecostal traditions and a Presbyterian (P.C.U.S.A.) seminary education. She is a graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School, DePaul University and received her Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.

Jackie is a Chicago native, deeply rooted in her Mexican-American heritage and connection to the Pilsen neighborhood. In addition to her work as chaplain, Jackie is on the Board of Trustees for McCormick Theological Seminary and serves as adjunct faculty there. She is also on the Executive Board for Saint Ann Elementary School in Pilsen. When not preaching or leading worship at Millar Chapel, she worships at The Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Englewood.
Jackie is passionate about helping people live deeply in relationship with and knowledge of God’s grace and love. She believes and strives towards unity among Christians and is dedicated to interfaith dialogue and collaboration. On her free time you can always catch Jackie in search of the perfect cup of coffee or sampling dark chocolate.

Stephen Alltop, Music Director


Phone: 847-491-7256

Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. He joined the Northwestern University Conducting faculty in 1992, and has served as Director of Music at Alice Millar Chapel since 1994. Under his direction, the Chapel Choir has performed numerous masterworks, including Brahms Schicksalslied, Duruflé’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Joshua, Judas Maccabaeus, and Solomon, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Theresienmesse and Mass in Time of War, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Masses in G, C and A-flat, and Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts. He serves as Music Director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Green Lake Choral Institute.

As Associate Conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival, he has performed many solo works as a harpsichord and organ soloist. He has worked closely with many leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano and Eric Whitacre. He has conducted world premieres of music by Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Frederico Cumar, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Ricardo Iznaola, Maxwell Raimi, Kenkichi Sakai, Giancarlo Scarvaglieri, Andrew Suter, Alan Terricciano and Hiroaki Tokunaga.

Stephen Alltop became music director and conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in 1997. He has led the Chorus in such masterworks as Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Haydn's The Creation and has guided Apollo’s activities to include appearances at the Ravinia Festival and Peninsula Music Festival. Alltop has expanded Apollo’s repertoire in both early and contemporary music, from works of the Mexican Baroque period to compositions of Eric Whitacre. Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States. He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Bologna, Teatro Reggio Orchestra of Parma, Mozart Festival of Roverto, Orchestra Sinfonica of Bari, Teatro Piccinni of Bari, and the Festival Duni in Matera. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

As a harpsichordist and organist, Mr. Alltop has performed with the Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Joffrey Ballet, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony. He appeared as organ soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival of 2008 in Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. He made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription concert debut as a harpsichord soloist in 2009 playing Bach with conductor Pinchas Zukerman.

Eric Budzynski, Associate for Religious Life & Chapel Music

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Phone: 847-491-7256


Eric Budzynski is a frequently sought after organist and accompanist throughout the Chicago area.  He is the Organist and Music Associate of Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University.  Previously he has served as Organist of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (Chicago) and Director of Music for The Church of Saint Paul and the Redeemer (Chicago) and The Parish Church of Saint Luke (Evanston, IL).  He holds the MMus in Church Music and Organ degree with honors from Northwestern University and the BM cum laude in Organ Performance from Duquesne University.  As a recitalist he has been featured in many venues including the National AGO Convention, Holy Name Cathedral Music Series, Music Institute of Chicago, and Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago). Eric has served as resident/guest organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Christ Church (Oxford), and The American Cathedral (Paris). He is a recipient of the Jean Langlais Award for Excellence in Sacred Music and took first prize in the Violette Cassel Organ Competition and the Pittsburgh AGO Competition.  Eric has appeared as organist with Elmhurst Symphony, Millar Brass, Music of the Baroque, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (featured soloist), and Bach Week Evanston and can be heard at the harpsichord in Apollo Chorus’ Messiah on Clarion Records.  As a composer, Eric is published by Church Publishing and his compositions have been performed at The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Northwestern University, Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago), and St. James Cathedral (Chicago).  Eric is the 2013 recipient of the Innovation Award from Northwestern University for the “This We Believe” program and took First Place in The Moth, NPR’s nationwide story telling contest.

Kristine Bunch, Department Assistant

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Kristine comes to us from Indiana where she received her undergraduate degrees through Ball State University. Kristine is a member of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Women’s Project and a commissioned clown in the Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry. Kristine has a religiously diverse background and always wants to learn more. When the opportunity arises, Kristine likes to attend interfaith programming and assist the students with events. Kristine was exonerated in 2012 with the assistance of the Bluhm Legal Clinic of Northwestern University.

While it is often busy in the office, Kristine will always find the time to share a cup of tea and chat with any one that comes in. Kristine loves to meet new people and learn about their life journeys.