Meet Our Staff
Assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives
Lindsey Carelli is the university's assistant director for interfaith initiatives. In this position, she directs interfaith programming, supports religious and non-religious student organizations and works with the University Chaplains to advance spiritual awareness at Stetson. Additionally, she facilitates educational and experiential opportunities to engage students and community members in contemplative practices, such as dialogue, meditation and yoga.
Lindsey holds a Professional Diploma in Leading Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education from NYU, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Tex. and a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
Sam is the inaugural Hillel Director at Stetson University. After graduating with a degree in religious ethics from Florida State University, Sam went to work in the Israel & Global Initiatives Department of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. In that role, Sam oversaw all Jewish peoplehood initiatives, Israel education and engagement, and international delegations and travel. After four years at Federation, Sam was recruited to help restart Central Florida Hillel (based at the University of Central Florida), first as the director of community relations and then as the assistant director. During Sam’s tenure at Hillel, he oversaw an increase in Jewish student engagement by 400%, Birthright participation grow by 275%, and his own passion for Jewish campus life grow into a lifelong commitment to Hillel.
As the first director of Hillel at Stetson, Sam is excited to build a thriving and sustainable Jewish community on campus and to see Stetson become a destination school for Jewish students around the country. During the day, you can find Sam drinking coffee with students, recruiting future Jewish Hatters, engaging with parents, alumni and major donors, helping the Hillel student board plan upcoming holidays and programs, or just spending time on campus with his brindle dog, Renegade.
Rev. Christy Correll-Hughes
Rev. Christy Correll-Hughes is an ordained Baptist Minister. She holds a BA in Religious Education from Gardner-Webb University and a Masters of Divinity from George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University. Christy has served in the university setting having worked in the Chaplain’s Office at Baylor University as a Resident Chaplain in a residence hall and also as a Project Planner with the University Missions office.
Additionally, Christy has worked as an administrative director for a non-profit organization and has planned countless events, camps, conferences and trips for youth and college students. Christy has traveled with students throughout the US and worldwide to India, Nepal, Guatemala, and Kenya. She also has experience as a certified Leadership Coach and enjoys helping people discover new possibilities in their lives with purpose and clarity.
Christy currently serves as a lay leader in DeLand at New Covenant Baptist Church where she worships with her family. Christy enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, and travel. She is energized by meeting new people and experiencing new things. She and her husband, Dr. Larry Correll-Hughes, live on the Stetson campus with their three children.
Christy considers living life on a university campus as diverse and unique as Stetson, the adventure of lifetime and cannot wait to continue to build meaningful relationships and community as she serves in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Sensei Morris Sekiyo Sullivan
Sensei Morris Sekiyo Sullivan is the spiritual head of Volusia Buddhist Fellowship, a nonsectarian Buddhist congregation in DeLand, officiates services at White Sands Buddhist Center in Mims and conducts weekly services with Buddhist inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution. He also speaks regularly at Unitarian Universalist Churches and other groups about applying Buddhist practice to everyday life.
Sensei Morris began studying Zen Buddhism as a college student in the 1970s. His first ordination was as a Theravada monk in the Thai tradition, where he studied Vipassana meditation. He later trained with Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism, a non-sectarian organization based on Japanese Mahayana Buddhism, becoming a Sensei (minister/dharma teacher) in 2010.
In 2013, Sensei Morris received dharma transmission at White Sands Buddhist Center making him a 42nd generation Zen Master in the Lam Te Chuc Thanh Dharma Lineage of Rinzai Zen.
He is a certified facilitator in Path of Freedom, the Prison Mindfulness Institute’s mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program, and has a certificate in Methods of Japanese Psychology from the ToDo Institute. In 2012, Sensei Morris published his first dharma book, Wisdom; Compassion; Serenity: First Steps on the Buddhist Path.
Along with his Buddhist activities, Sensei Morris teaches tai chi and other group exercise at the DeLand and Four Townes YMCAs and is the founding director of the Florida Taijiquan Association. He lives in DeLand with his wife, Michelle, dog Lola, cat Nefertiti, and ferret Pandora. His son James lives in Austin, Texas.
Rev. Willie Barnes, Jr.
Rev. Barnes is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and currently serves as the pastor of Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Daytona Beach, FL. Rev. Barnes holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University as well as a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School.
Prior to his tenure as the pastor of Mount Zion, Rev. Barnes also served as the lead minister of Bethel A.M.E. Church in DeLand. Additionally, prior to his coming to Stetson, Rev. Barnes taught as an adjunct professor of religion at Bethune-Cookman University.
Currently, Rev. Barnes is the Co-chair of a social justice focused organization by the name of F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony), a community organization made up of over 32 diverse congregations in Volusia County. Additionally, he is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
In his spare time, Rev. Barnes likes to exercise, fish, read, watch movies, volunteer and spend time with his wife, FranShon Reid-Barnes.