Alex Serna-Wallender

Alex Serna-Wallender


Department/Affiliation: Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Religious & Spiritual Life
Phone: 330-263-2558
Office Address: 121 Babcock


  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Trinity University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Trinity University
  • Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary

Alex is excited to provide radical hospitality and support to the entire college community as they connect their spiritual and religious lives with their passion for academics and desire to transform the world. In his role as chaplain, Alex supports the religious and spiritual groups at Wooster, in addition to offering opportunities for individuals and groups to explore the deeper questions of purpose, to practice contemplative action, and to engage in dialogue. He also provides pastoral care to students, staff, and faculty - regardless of their faith traditions.

Prior to joining the Wooster community, Alex oversaw interfaith programming in the Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University in New York City. Before that, he served in the Office of Religious Life and at the Blairstown Center at Princeton University. While in Princeton, Alex was ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), completed his certification in Spiritual Direction, and worked closely with those experiencing transition and trauma while serving as a hospital chaplain during his clinical education.

Alex has a deep passion for social justice, having done extensive work with those experiencing homelessness in his home state of Texas and having worked to develop conflict resolution strategies in New Jersey. Before Alex became a chaplain, he was a science teacher, allowing him to personify in a very real way The College of Wooster's motto of "Scientia et religio ex uno fonte," (From the same source – science and religion).

Alex lives in Wooster with his wife, Elena. He loves gardening, hiking, playing board games, having people over to the house, and grabbing coffee with anyone and everyone!