Rev. Dr. Bradford serves as both our College Chaplain leading the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and serves as the Director of the Center for Contemplative Practice and Wellness. Bradford offers spiritual/pastoral support, guidance and a place to reflect for both the College and the Academy, their students, staff and faculty. An ordained minister and doctor of theology, Dr. Bradford is passionate about helping individuals and communities live in alignment with their ethics and vision for life and helping people experience the sacred in what might otherwise be overlooked. Whether you want to interrogate your faith or grow it, whether you need guidance in developing a spiritual practice, healing from an unwelcome religious experience, someone to be with you as you celebrate or grieve or navigate existential questions about life, Dr. Bradford is available to meet with you.
Dr. Bradford is also a research scholar at NCSU where she works in the department of Applied Ecology blending issues of science and religion and hosting cross-disciplinary conversations. She is currently writing a book on the Spirituality of the Microbiome. She has worked in Higher Education for eighteen years and worked in Chaplain’s offices for more than eleven years. In her spare time Dr. Bradford loves to walk in the woods, work in her ceramics studio, best her husband and two daughters in Farkle Championships, and start reading books. Recently she started reading Thích Nhất Hạnh’s How to Sit, Sandor Ellix Katz’s Fermentation as Metaphor, The Cornell West Reader, When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams, and Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She will not finish any of these…but she will try.