Joseph B. Modica is the university chaplain and associate professor of biblical studies at Eastern University. Dr. Modica often remarks to students: "One day I couldn't spell the word 'chaplain,' then the next day, I became one." Dr. Modica’s journey to Eastern University has been a circuitous, yet enriching one. Working as a foster care social worker, attending seminary in Nyack, NY, pastoring a church in Queens, NY, working with the American Red Cross (Manhattan) Homeless Family Services, and being a graduate student in New Jersey, have all shaped his vocation. Dr. Modica sees himself primarily as a pastor-scholar: someone who attempts to model a robust gospel, an ecumenical spirit, a generous orthodoxy, a formative hospitality and respectful conversations.