Resident Chaplains

Chaplain Alex Karimu

Chaplain Alex Karimu
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-August 2022

Alex Bob Karimu was born on August 24th 1972, in Kailahun­Sierra Leone , West Africa. He is married with three Children. He is a Gospel singer that has produced albums. He loves working for Kingdom building and serving humanity.

He got Maters in Christian Education in 2016 at the Royal College of Theology and Administration- Freetown. He is a Methodist Minister and currently a resident chaplain at the U.C. Davis Heath-California.

Chaplain Laura King

Chaplain Laura King
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-August 2022

Laura King holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. As a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served churches in Chicago, New York and Tokyo. She is a published poet, and has an MFA in Creative Writing. She is the mother of three children, and lives in Sacramento with her husband and teenage daughter. Laura’s belief in the healing grace of God is the foundation for her work as a hospital chaplain, and she is honored to serve at UC Davis Medical Center.

Chaplain Sinzchun Sangye Hawke

Chaplain Sinzchun Sangye Hawke
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-August 2022

Sangye Hawke is a native of Marin County, California. A graduate of UC Berkeley in 1983, Sangye joined the Karma Kagyu Buddhist Lineage, taking lay vows in 1994. A practitioner of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Sun Style Tai Chi for over a decade, Sangye received her Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, A Unitarian Universalist Seminary, in 2020. She was ordained in the Unitarian Universalist denomination in August of 2021. A mother of two adult children, both UC Davis Alumni, Sangye is continuing her training in Certified Pastoral Education with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Chaplain.


Chaplain Ma Johnston Pablo

Chaplain Ma Johnston Pablo
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-August 2022

Johnston Pablo was born and raised in the Philippines but spent the last 16 years of his life serving as a pastor in Canada. He served as a youth pastor in Toronto, Ontario for 11 years  and then as a senior pastor in Edmonton, Alberta for 5 years. While he brings a wealth of experience in pastoring, Johnston is excited to face a huge horizon of learning opportunities as a chaplain in the hospital setting.

Chaplain William Rutherford

Chaplain William Rutherford
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-November 2021

Bill Rutherford is in his first year of CPE residency. He is from the American Baptist tradition and is working towards becoming a hospital chaplain. In addition to his CPE training, he will be pursuing additional theological training. He is a native Californian and has five children and seven grandchildren. He received his B A degree in computer business systems and went on to take graduate classes in computer science focusing on artificial intelligence. He committed his life to Christ as a child and has served in lay ministries in many churches since then. More recently he has worked in nursing homes caring for the elderly and infirmed. That commitment has motivated him to worship God and serve His people. Today that focus is at UC Davis Medical Center where he is committed to comfort and care for the patients, staff and families.

Chaplain Lulu Wong

Chaplain Lulu Wong
(Resident Chaplain)
September 2021-November 2021

Lulu Wong was born in China and speaks basic Mandarin and Cantonese. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Yale University, magna cum laude, in 1990. She received her Juris Doctorate at UC Davis King Hall School of Law in 1993. She graduated from the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in July 2021. She believes that serving others is both an honor and a responsibility.