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), Katie (VP), Brita (FO), and Addison (VIP) 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 🙂

Contact Steering
J-Lo (aka Jonathan) is a 3rd 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 (check out his imdb page), wandering (in the real world, Wikipedia, or a good conversation), frolicking over rocky terrain, obsessing over tardigrades, and puns (if you know his last name, you would realize that the apostrophe is supposed to be there).
Katie is a 3rd year (of an indeterminate number of years to go…) PhD student in Chemical and Systems Biology. She hails from Austin, TX but has unfortunately lost her ability to handle hot weather since moving to the lovely Palo Alto–still, she fondly remembers living in a place where it actually rained! Katie is mostly involved behind the scenes on the Steering committee (and apologises for the copious emails) and tries to be a source of encouragement, intentional community, and looking to God for what it looks like to be a Christian in academia. Katie enjoys coffee (all the time), being outside, nerding about her research (cells are really cool), and making terrible puns.
Brita is a 2nd year masters student in the Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program. She’ll be graduating in June and plans to get a job somewhere doing something related to genetic counseling (ask again in April and hopefully the path will be more clear!) She is the financial officer for IVgrad this year and she’s looking forward to doing lots of work behind the scenes to keep things running [relatively] smoothly. She is also looking forward to getting to know all of you better, and would love to get coffee/ice cream/basically any kind of dessert and hear about what’s going on in your life. Brita grew up in rural Minnesota did her undergrad in St. Paul, and while she’s very much enjoying the California sunshine she’s always happy to talk about the Midwest. She also enjoys conversations about genetics, Paris, and ukulele playing, though she is very much an amateur. bchri318 at stanford dot edu
Addison is a second-year MS student in structural engineering. This means that he likes admiring cool bridges (especially the Forth bridges in Edinburgh…I mean just look at them!) Addison is a general member of Steering, and is excited to help IVGrad any way he can: logistically, relationally, or otherwise. He is a HUGE fan of inductive bible study, and is currently fascinated by how the authors/time periods/places/contexts influenced how the Bible was written, and how it can influence our interpretations. Addison also knows way more about baseball than he should, enjoys playing piano, running, Christmas hymns, discussing worldviews, pumpkin pie, and can be easily persuaded by logic involving the presence of food. alb041 at stanford dot edu For more information on Addison, see Prescott’s bio…
Aldis is somewhat of an impostor: more grad than student, he currently works as a research assistant at the School of Medicine, and will be at Stanford for the coming year before beginning medical school. This will be his second year spent partaking in, and otherwise pestering, the IV Grad community. His scholarly interests include narrative medicine, the medical humanities, palliative care, medical education, and health policy. His personal interests include tofu. This year, he is honored to sully the good name of the International Bible Study small group, as one of the leaders who will join others in reading Scripture within a living, breathing Christian community. He is also excited, in a general sense, by Bob Dylan. If you enjoy running at preposterously early hours, or living an otherwise geriatric lifestyle, feel free to contact him at aldisp at stanford dot edu
Daniel is a 5th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He was IV Grad president long ago and now hangs around and tries to make the other “old folks” feel at home. As a proud Northern Nevadan, he is sensitive to the proper use of the word “mountain”. He also very much misses real clouds, and his machine tools. When not working on research, he likes to spend time hiking up on Skyline, skiing in the Sierras, and eating watermelon and ice cream. He considers the Palo Alto Vineyard his church family. dheywood at stanford dot edu
Esmond is a 2nd year PhD student in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He enjoys learning about how intricately the human body is knit together in its form and function, and hopes to use gene editing in stem cells as a restorative tool for those suffering from genetic diseases. He grew up in the sunny island of Singapore and went to college in London where he explored and challenged the christianity he grew up with (please ask, happy to chat :), coming out of it with a stronger conviction of its claims. Esmond enjoys cookouts with friends, exploring the outdoors, and hanging out at the AOERC bouldering wall (come join!). He hopes to be part of a community in IVgrad that feels like a home away from home.
Jiaming is a 3rd year PhD student in Management Science and Engineering. People always ask her what MS&E is actually about. She will probably give you long and elaborated answer, but honestly, she doesn’t really know either. For the coming year, she will help lead the International Bible Study small group and wants to help IV Grad build a loving, encouraging, and welcoming community that reflects the glory of God. She is also interested in evangelism outreach and engaging in conversations those seeking the gospel. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, rock climbing, nature, reading, writing, and the occasional random hobbies.
Jiwon is a 2nd year PhD student in Political Science. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Although she grew up going to church, it was after coming to the U.S. for college and meeting a loving Christian community that she started to ask who God really is and what it means to follow Jesus and love others. She loves travelling and and meeting people from different cultures and background. As she loves chatting about Christianity, different worldviews, and just life in general, she is happy to engage with anyone who are interested in or curious about Christianity. She also would love to be a tour guide for anyone who visits Seoul. She loves froyo, gummy bears, and Korean soft tofu soup.
Joel is a fourth year PhD student in Chemical Engineering. He is one of IVGrad’s resident bakers, and this year will be involved with leading IVGrad’s first year student community. He really enjoys bringing people together, learning about different people’s perspectives, and seeing how God works in our lives. He’s from the superb state of Iowa and is still searching for comparably delicious sweet corn and apple pie here, though California is definitely winning the wine game. Outside of research, you can find him nerding out and playing board and video games, experimenting with new cooking recipes, hiking, chilling with some jazz, lighting things on fire, exploring different wines, and going on adventures off-campus.
Konrad is a 2nd year masters student in the Aero/Astro department. He looks at airplanes with a sense of wonder and curiosity (a 747 can takeoff weighing a million pounds!) and seeks to apply that same curiosity as he learns about what it means to be created in the Divine image. Konrad’s hobbies include: cooking, reading, disc golf, hiking, etc. Hailing from the Midwest coast (the best coast) in the vicinity of the Windy City, he considers deep dish pizza to be a staple of his diet and feverishly supports his hometown sports teams. You can find Konrad worshipping at 4:30 pm on Sundays in Memorial Church.
Prescott is a 2nd year (and final year) Masters student in structural engineering. He grew up in Philadelphia, but is thankfully not a Philly sports fan. Through being involved in InterVarsity at his undergrad university (Bucknell) he was transformed in many ways, especially in realizing the significance of what it means to be a servant leader. He is really excited to journey with people in the fellowship and explore the Kingdom of God in every sense! Prescott plays piano and guitar, and will light up if you mention classical music. Some of his other passions/activities include baseball, running, looking at cool buildings/bridges, and ice cream (not sure if the last one is a passion or activity – or both). phb009 at stanford dot edu For more information on Prescott, see Addison’s bio…

Our Commitments

Spiritual Formation


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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