IVGrad is a multi-ethnic and non-denominational community of graduate students who want to know Jesus Christ. We seek to grow spiritually, cultivate true Christian community, integrate faith and learning, and dedicate ourselves to witness and service. In particular, we encourage thought and discussion about what it means to be a Christian in an academic setting. We are not just a group “for Christians” but also for those who have little or no Christian background. All are welcome to explore and discuss issues with us or simply participate in our social events.

Our Student Leaders

Jonathan (Pres), Evan (VP), and Katie (FO) are this year’s Steering committee. We provide planning and support to help small group leaders, large group meetings, retreats, and the many other activities at IVGrad that happen all year long. If you have questions or suggestions, let us know! We’d love to help 🙂

JONATHAN
JONATHANPresident

J-Lo (aka Jonathan) is a 5th year PhD student studying Mathematics. Canadian, but born and raised in Tokyo to missionary parents. Passionate about sharing knowledge in all forms (teaching and learning, giving and receiving; tell him your stories!). Longs to invest in communities that will grow together in faith and understanding. Love’s music: regularly plays violin, French horn, guitar, bass guitar, and voice, and has limited experience with oboe, bari sax, trombone, cello, piano, ocarina, nose flute, theremin, and others (also, math+music=he will not stop talking, so be warned). Also enjoys acting, wandering (in the real world, on Wikipedia, or in a good conversation), frolicking over rocky terrain, obsessing over tardigrades, and puns.

EVAN
EVANVice President

Evan is a second year PhD student in Applied Physics. He hails from Indonesia, but spent most of his adulthood in a country known as the Little Red Dot. He came to know Christ as an undergraduate through the writings of C. S. Lewis and John Stott, as well as the affection and care that he found in a Christian community when he was at the low point of his life. Christian faith is never easy to come by for him due to the radical turn as he calls Jesus Christ his God (and he is still lousy in many ways); nonetheless, he finds it too irresistible for its beauty. He tends to be quiet in conversations as he prefers to listen to the stories of others, but be ready to see him talking a lot when he encounters things that he loves, such as science, music, theology, philosophy, psychology, history, cultural tradition, or food and travel. He is comfortable to be a dilettante as he believes joy in discovering God’s wisdom in creation should not be compromised. In his free time, he loves to play piano and guitar, read books, write personal journal entries, learn about classical art masterpieces and cultural heritages, meet friends for a meal and walk/cycle around the campus. Beware of his potentially strange and nerdy jokes.

KATIE
KATIEFinancial Officer

Katie is a 4th year PhD student in Chemical Engineering, working on magnetics-based medical diagnostic devices. Born and raised in California (Los Angeles, specifically), she enjoys a lot of outdoor activities like tennis, beach volleyball, hiking, and skiing. Katie has been participating in IVGrad for the last couple years and has really enjoyed hosting first year fellowship dinners as well as planning logistics for IVGrad-wide events with the rest of the steering committee. She also enjoys participating in outreach and mentoring programs elsewhere on campus, including teaching hands-on science labs to patients in Stanford’s children’s hospital. In her remaining time, Katie likes doing arts and crafts (particularly making miniature houses!), watching movies, singing country music in the car, finding anything Star Wars-related, and eating spicy foods.

KRISTEL
KRISTEL

Kristel joined Stanford in January 2020 after completing her PhD in the land Down Under — G’day mates! She is originally from Indonesia where she acquired a high tolerance for spicy food. Her fascination for science started in elementary school, and persisted throughout undergraduate years when she studied the way drug works, the intricacy of drug design and how our bodies react to them. Her faith and science journey coincide temporally. It was at the University that she first understood who God is and committed her life to Jesus — her Lord and Savior. Having spent quite a good amount of time at the University, she has regarded student ministry an essential package of the whole campus experience. Although she spends most of her time doing and thinking about science, she also loves music, coffee, and good food. When she’s not at work, Kristel will be found wandering on her road bike, finding inspiration while enjoying fresh air. Nothing intrigues her more than a stimulating discussion about faith, which is something she looks forward to most at IVGrad this year.

SEDONA
SEDONA

Sedona is a 2nd year PhD student in the Neurosciences program. For the coming year, she will be serving with IVGrad by helping to lead the small group for first-year PhD students. Sedona grew up in Northern California and Northern Nevada, and then she did her undergrad in Seattle, Washington (which is probably her favorite place out of all the places she has lived). She became a Christian when she started going to church as an early teenager, and since then has been eager to be connected and serve within Christian communities by volunteering at her local churches, leading Christian clubs in high school, and serving as a student leader and part-time staff member with Cru as an undergraduate. In her free time, Sedona enjoys watercolor painting, sketching, playing guitar, running (slowly), cycling (slowly), hiking, and traveling.

NANCY
NANCY

Nancy is a 3rd year PhD student in Cancer Biology program. For the coming year, she will help lead the International Bible Study small group and is excited about journeying together in Christ with this amazing community. Having grown up in the tropical island of Singapore, she is always curious in learning about the different cultures where each and every individual grew up in and the many uniquely beautiful ways through which Christ shaped our lives. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with friends, singing, and outdoor activities.

JUN-EN
JUN-EN

JunEn is a third year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. Loves anything that flies and gets particularly emotional at air shows. Also gets excited about musicals, history, and worldviews. When not stressing out on research work, he likes to stress himself on computer games and when that gets too overwhelming, he’ll hike up to some waterfall or lake to vent. Can be found at the International Bible Study small group or in the bowels of the Durand building. Owes you coffee if found anywhere else.

JACK
JACK

Jack is a 2nd year MS student in Mechanical Engineering. Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, he did his undergrad studies at the University of Toronto, in the same major (what a one trick pony!) He is working to be a roboticist of sorts, and is fascinated by the vast field of autonomous robotics. Jack found Christ at a high school youth fellowship retreat, and has been going to fellowship and church ever since. At IVGrad, he has found a wonderful and supportive community, where he occasionally plays guitar on the worship team. Jack’s hobbies include art, music, and chess. He enjoys sports, plays volleyball, and used to do track & field until old man knees set in. A lover of the NBA, Jack actively supports the LA Lakers and the Toronto Raptors (he was there at the championship parade in 2019!) A self-proclaimed cinephile, Jack’s dream job is to be a movie critic and get paid to watch and bash the latest releases.

AISH
AISH
Aish is a 2nd year PhD student in Bioengineering.  She grew up in India and moved to the US 5 years ago and has stayed in sunny California since then. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, catching up with friends and participating in activities outdoors. She enjoys serving a diverse community of Christians and getting to know people from different cultures and traditions. Through IVGrad, she hopes to create a community that feels like home.

Our Commitments

Spiritual Formation

Community

Evangelism & Service

Integration of Faith, Learning & Practice

What does IVGrad believe?  We come from many backgrounds and have varying beliefs on many topics. We gather together not because we agree on a set of doctrinal statements, but because we are a group of graduate students attempting to seek and know God during our time at Stanford. Everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of their beliefs.  IVGrad can be roughly categorized as “evangelical protestant”. The InterVarsity doctrinal statement below is a good summary of our group average: not everyone subscribes to every point, but it sketches with broad strokes where most of us are coming from.

We believe in:

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,
existing eternally in three persons–
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–full of love and glory.

The unique divine inspiration,
entire trustworthiness
and authority of the Bible.

The value and dignity of all people:
created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,
but alienated from God and each other
because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,
who lived as a perfect example,
who assumed the judgment due sinners
by dying in our place,
and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Justification by God’s grace to all who repent
and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit,
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ,
manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches
making disciples throughout the world.

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ,
who will judge all people with justice and mercy,
giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation
but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

To God be glory forever.

InterVarsity/USA Doctrinal Statement

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