The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, installation proclaimer is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, she served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years before joining the ORL team in 2016. Dean Thames is a graduate of Howard University, Duke University Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is passionate about the intersections of theology, gender, organizational development, and social justice. She is a challenging preacher, thoughtful theologian, and devoted friend. Dean Thames is a lover of life and music who prioritizes self-care and believes that radical joy is resistance. She is involved with the Princeton community through student engagement, pastoral care, overseeing religious programs, and regularly preaching at the University Chapel.