Dr. Jessica Chicka

University Chaplain for International StudentsJ. Chicka Headshot

BS | Muhlenberg College


Dr. Jessica Chicka joined the ministry team at Marsh Chapel in 2012 as the Chapel Associate for Lutheran Ministry and in 2016 became the University Chaplain for International Students. She is especially interested in how faith shapes our interactions with the world around us, and has a special affinity for service-learning. She is passionate about social and ecological justice and wishes to ignite similar passions in the BU community. She loves learning about the many different perspectives and traditions that each student at BU brings with them to share with the wider community.

Jessica is a life-long member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is currently in-process as a candidate for Ordained Ministry in the New England Synod of the ELCA.

Jessica attended Muhlenberg College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Religion in 2005. She earned her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Boston University School of Theology in 2007.

After earning her MTS, Jessica became an AmeriCorps VISTA member, serving in Boston, MA and Orange, CA. Through her service in VISTA, Jessica’s passion for social justice grew, leading her to resume her academic career with a vision toward active theological and ethical engagement in the issues of today.

Jessica earned her Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree at BU in 2011 and immediately transitioned into the Ph.D. program in Theological Ethics. Her areas of academic interest are food justice and resource depletion, especially focusing on the expanding practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Pennsylvania and its social-ethical-ecological impacts. She earned her Ph.D. in January, 2019.

Jessica is married to Dr. Benjamin Chicka, whom she met at BU School of Theology as an MTS student. She enjoys baking, knitting, reading, walking around Boston, and snuggling with her cat, Sir Igby, in her spare time.

Contact Dr. Chicka:

Marsh Chapel, Boston University
735 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215