Meet the Chaplain

Barry Klassel is the founding Humanist Chaplain at Rutgers and the fifth humanist university chaplain ever in the United States.

Working as a volunteer for the Humanist Community, Barry is also a Humanist Celebrant and conducts baby welcomings, weddings, funerals and other life cycle ceremonies. You can read in Barry’s own words about his ten year journey from first discovering humanism to becoming a Humanist Chaplain.

After studying psychology at Columbia College, Barry earned a Masters degree in theater at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also attended the MFA in Acting program at Florida State.

He has acted and directed in a variety of plays in NYC and elsewhere.  He last directed a play by Tom Flynn on post-apocalyptic America called Messiah Game.  Currently, and in addition to his work at Rutgers, Barry performs in an arts-in-education program and volunteers on a crisis/suicide hotline.

Barry is a passionate advocate of greater study of the arts for understanding the beauty and complex dynamics of human experience.  Barry feels he brings all the various aspects of his background into his work as a Humanist Chaplain.

Barry Klassel has two daughters and currently lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with his wife, Dara.

Hear what Barry has to say on Humanism and the Community!