Residence Life Staff

Cultivating transformative Christ-centered living communities.

Justin Heth outside of WillistonJustin Heth, Ph.D.

Dean of Residence Life

Taylor University
B.A., Christian Education
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., General Theology
Indiana State University
Ph.D., Leadership Administration in Higher Education

Having been deeply impacted by the power of relationships and authentic Christian community, Justin believes that Wheaton’s Residence Life program is one of the best venues for students to grow in character and integrity. As the Dean of Residence Life, he is committed to developing a staff that is able to cultivate campus communities that foster student’s growth in the areas of spiritual and identity formation, their ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships, cultivate a new respect and awe for kingdom diversity, and to help students learn how God uniquely made them to influence people and communities both locally and globally. He believes God uses the late night talks, new friendships, hall events, campus programs, roommate conflicts, and even broken promises to sanctify students during the college years. Students are constantly being formed spirituality and it is a privilege to have a front row seat to watch how the Lord uses blessings and trials to grow his people.   

Justin is an active member of Wheaton Bible Church, enjoys woodworking, riding his bike to work year round, and working out. Though his workday at Wheaton may end, he loves pouring into his four kids and all the refugee children that live in his neighborhood.
Student Services Building 218

Stephen CartwrightStephen Cartwright

Residence Director - Fischer Hall

Trinity International University
B.A., Business Management
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Stephen Cartwright began his first year as an RD in Fischer Hall in the fall of 2017. He served in Residence Life throughout much of college and seminary, and values the unique opportunities it presents to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through encouragement, challenge and development of one another. When not in Fischer, he can likely be found preaching, playing basketball, reading, having insightful conversations, or laughing at random nonsense. Stephen majored in Business Management at Trinity International University, and just before graduating with his bachelors, he decided to pursue a Master of Divinity from Trinity. He loved working with undergraduates as a GRA and is excited to continue doing so in Fischer as an RD! His prayer is that Fischer will be a place that edifies students and staff and glorifies the Risen Christ! A place where the love of Christ is reflected by the ways in which we live out the Good News! A place where individuals feel seen, heard, known and valued and are compelled to help others feel the same.
Fischer Hall

Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson

Residence Director - McManis-Evans, Williston

Union University
B.A., Biblical Languages
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development

Sarah has the privilege of working as a Residence Director for Upperclass Halls. She previously served in Fischer Hall as a Gradute Resident Adviser. While she now considers Wheaton to be home, she holds the beautiful rolling hills of Virginia where she spent many years dear to her heart. She also spent several years in Germany and Turkey. Sarah is most passionate about God's work, people, food and making her home a place where all of those are always present. An ideal day would be spent doing something outside with friends, hopefully eating ice cream.
McManis/Evans Hall Info
Williston Hall Info


Chad Lowe

Chad Lowe

Residence Director - Smith-Traber

Moody Bible Institute
B.A., Biblical Studies
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development

Originally from Wheaton, Chad graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Biblical Studies. He spent 7 years working as a student pastor for Wheaton Bible Church and then as an associate pastor for Tri-Village Church. He loves spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, spending time in the great outdoors, drinking great coffee and listening to great music. Currently, Chad is learning the guitar so that he can teach his daughter when she grows up.
Smith-Traber Info

Sarah RoopSarah Roop

Residence Director -Campus Apartments and Houses

Wheaton College
B.A., Christian Education
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Christian Formation and Ministry

Sarah Roop has the privilege of serving as the Residence Director of the campus apartments and houses. Sarah first came to Wheaton as an undergraduate student and missionary kid from South Africa. She graduated in 2013 with a major in Christian Education and a minor in Bible and Theology and played on the varsity softball team. After graduating, she led missions trips with churches across the U.S. before returning to campus with her husband and fellow Wheaton alum, Jake.  While earning her Master's in Christian Formation and Ministry, she served as a Graduate Resident Adviser in Williston. She, her husband Jake, and their two kids, Lucy and Judah, love being outside, hosting people in their home, and doing life alongside college students.
Campus ApartmentsCampus Houses

Kristen RossKristen Ross

Administrative Assistant

Moody Bible Institute
B.A., Communications, 1986

Through providing administrative support to the dean and the residence life office, Kristen melds her desire to see students become whole and effective followers of Christ.
Kristen’s love for the outdoors often finds her and her husband, Paul, traveling the back roads, or on the Prairie Path, rolling along on two wheels.
Student Services Building 218

Housing Services Office

The Housing Services Office is responsible for the student housing selection process, meal plan management, grad housing, room change requests and off-campus housing. Elizabeth Clark at the Housing Services Office may be contacted at or 630.752.5202.

Residence Life Office

The Residence Life office is responsible for summer and break housing. Contact Kristen Ross at the office at or phone number: 630.752.5427.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are upper-class students (juniors or seniors) who live on each floor and are selected because of their desire and ability to serve fellow students. As a residence hall staff member, the RA serves as a floor manager, community builder, student leader, peer counselor and educator.