B.A., University of Northwestern, St. Paul, 2013
M.A., Wheaton College (in progress)
Natalie’s passion for Residence Life began her sophomore year of college when she served as an RA. Her desire to live daily life with Jesus fit perfectly with that passion. For Natalie, Residence Life is a natural vehicle for discipleship and she is committed to walking with students as they learn and grow in many aspects of life, through life in the residence halls, to ultimately discover how their faith deeply impacts everything they are, believe, and do in life.
Natalie is a proud Wisconsinite but has come to love the many other places she has lived. She brews her own kombucha, values quality time, and could be mistaken for her identical twin sister.
B.A., Colorado Christian University
M.A., Wheaton College (in progress)
Peter has always had a heart for ministry. It was this heart that brought him to study Theology at Colorado Christian University, where he found himself transformed by the love and support of the faculty, staff, and friendships there. He has been blessed by the many mentors in his life and seeks to do likewise. As a Graduate Resident Advisor, he is passionate about student development through relational ministry, programing, and hospitality. He believes that learning primarily happens through experiences and is an aspiring Enneagram student—believing that development flows out of knowing thyself.
Peter is an amateur book enthusiast, a fan of all folk music especially Sleeping at Last, and an avid spike baller. If he’s not outside, you can probably find him nurturing his plants or meditating on the words of Richard Rohr.
Molly Bender is a GRA in Smith-Traber and is working towards a MA in Christian Formation and Ministry. She grew up in Colorado Springs, and she treasures the majestic mountains. Molly received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Wheaton, and she loved it so much she is sacrificing the mountains for a few more years to be back. This past year, she worked as an EMT. Molly enjoys any outdoor escapade, playing soccer, eating a good Mexican burrito, laughing with friends, and great conversation.
Ryan Anderson is in his first year as a Graduate Resident Adviser in Smith-Traber while he pursues his master's in Christian Formation and Ministry, concentrating in Student Development. He was born in Okinawa, Japan and was raised in Carmel, California. He recently graduated from Westmont College with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business and a minor in Religious Studies. This past year, Ryan was a barista at a specialty coffee shop in Santa Barbara. He loves good conversations (especially over coffee and/or food), playing Settlers of Catan, and running errands with people.
B.S., Wheaton College, 2015
M.A., Wheaton College, 2018
Tim is in his sixth year of fully-submersive, live-in education at Wheaton. In his undergraduate tenure at Wheaton, Tim experienced explosive, transformational growth inside and outside of the classroom, guided by professors, friends and beloved mentors. As a Graduate Resident Advisor in Upper Class Halls, Tim is passionate about creating physically and relationally healthy culture where students with all kinds of difference may flourish together and learn from one another. He is a staunch believer that the residential experience is an essential and central educational space for undergraduate students. One of Tim’s favorite leadership roles on campus is as a mentor; he loves to learn from and with his student mentees and is grateful for their journey together.
Tim is married to Kasey, and together they treasure the opportunity to create spaces of hospitality where students are free to be themselves and to engage one another in a fun and meaningful way. They love participating as members of Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, and–when not working on their Master’s Theses–enjoy riding bikes, drinking good coffee and alpine skiing.
Alley is returning for her fifth year at Wheaton (fourth in Upper Class Halls), third ResLife position, and her first year as a GRA in Williston! After receiving her B.A. in Interpersonal Communication, she spent a year as an Account Manager for a digital marketing agency, and is now pursuing her master's in Christian Formation and Ministry, concentrating in Student Development. Originally from Crystal Lake, IL - she loves her proximity to family, especially her beloved dog, Gina. Contrary to popular opinion, she whole-heartedly believes winter is the best season in Illinois. Alley has a strong affinity for keeping green things alive, baking bread, and crafting a good pun. She has a strong aversion to scary movies, sticky nametags, and olives. Most of all, she is looking forward to making Williston home and getting to know her neighbors.