Gary Ellison

Assistant Chaplain

Gary Ellison rejoined the Willamette family as assistant chaplain in the fall of 2012, having previously served as a part-time adjunct professor from 1997-2006 in the Department of Religious Studies.

Gary has served as rabbi of congregations in Modesto, California and Salem, Oregon. He is a graduate of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently working toward Board Certification in Chaplaincy with a specialization in providing spiritual support to patients and families living with cancer.

Gary is a Pacific Northwest native who is proud to call Salem home. He is a passionate and creative teacher, musician and facilitator invested in fostering discourse and understanding among people of all spiritual orientations.


  • B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • M.H.L. Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, Pennsylvania

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