Chaplain’s Office

The Christian Life Team at the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is led by Bekah Estrada and Joe Thackwell through a collaboration between ORSL and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Our Christian Life Team fosters cooperation and coordination among our 50+ Christian clubs on campus. USC’s Christian Life Team strives to represent and serve the Christian community at USC as a whole.

We have created a network between the many Christian ministries and organizations in order to maintain unity in Christ regardless of denomination. The Christian Life Team supports the efforts and goals of all of our partners as we are more directly connected with the USC Office of Religious Life, Kilgore Chapel, and other university resources. Our goal is to create a visible Christian community on campus that transcends individual groups and creates a welcoming space for all who are interested in pursuing Christ.



University Park Campus
University Religious Center, Rm 203
Los Angeles, CA 90089



USC’s Christian Life Team (2018 – 2019)

Joe Thackwell – Co-Director of Christian Life – InterVarsity

Bekah Estrada – Co-Director of Christian Life – The Veritas Forum

Ariel Batiste ’19 – Student Director of Christian Life – Young Life

Enoch Hang ’19 – Student Director of Christian Life – InterVarsity

Joe Thackwell earned his B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and served in a local church context before joining Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship to plant a Graduate and Faculty Ministries chapter at USC.  EMAIL

Bekah Estrada earned her B.B.S. in Christian Ministry and Leadership Studies from Hardin Simmons University and her M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is commissioned by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to partner and plant a new chaplaincy position with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.  As the Co-Director of Christian Life, Bekah hopes to support the diverse Christian community at USC and see the Gospel flourish on campus.  EMAIL