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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, 2000
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., General Theology, 2007
Indiana State University
Ph.D., Leadership Administration in Higher Education, 2017

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 leading his Crossfit group of faculty, staff, and students. Though his workday at Wheaton may end, he loves pouring into his four kids and all the refugee children that live in his neighborhood. 

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Stephen CartwrightStephen Cartwright

Residence Director - Fischer Hall

Trinity International University
B.A., Business Management, 2013
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.Div., 2017

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 info

Kat Haase

Residence Director - Smith-Traber Residence Hall

Wheaton College
B.A., Communications, 1986
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Educational Ministries, 1996

Kat Haase grew up attending Wheaton College’s Northwood’s campus, HoneyRock, and it was because of the incredible Wheaton students who counseled and instructed her in those early years that she found herself irresistibly drawn to attending Wheaton herself.  These young college leaders showed her how to spend time with God in the early morning hours and to love the woods and beauty of God’s creation. They so impressed upon her their love for God and life that she ended up dedicating her life’s work to pouring into this strategic age group. One of Kat’s passions for students is for them to behold God and to cling to Him more than anything else in this world.  

Kat and her husband Dan live with their two boys, Christopher and Benjamin and their long haired Dachshund, Bunny, the dorm mascot. They are experts at all things Smith-Traber and have a long list of heroic and not-so-heroic stories recounting the exploits of 18-20 years old college students recently set free from the oversight of their parents.  Kat is a delighter in coffee, the great outdoors, anything theological or philosophical, a good embarrassing moment that can be recounted with horror to the delight of a late-night group of friends and the absolute beauty of watching college friendships form.


Smith-Traber info


Erika Grant, RD of UCHErika Grant

Residence Director - McManis-Evans, Williston

Wheaton College
B.A., Psychology, 2010
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Christian Formation and Ministry, 2012

Erika Grant has the privilege of serving as the Residence Director of the Upperclass halls (Evans-McManis and Williston).  She graduated from Wheaton with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Christian Ministry and Formation. While earning her master's, she served as a Graduate Resident Advisor in Smith Traber and then lived and worked in North Carolina in a residence life position. She and her husband, Tyler, are from Colorado and enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and being outside in the mountains.




Kristy McGarvey

Residence Director -Campus Apartments and Houses

Asbury College
B.A., Christian Ministry and Missions, 2003
Wheaton Graduate School
M.A., Intercultural Studies, 2005
Fuller Theological Seminary
M.Div., in progress

Kristy loves the way the college years are so formational to form, shift and deepen a person’s trajectory toward loving God and loving others which is tangibly lived out in the living rooms and hallways of residence life.  Along with this role, she is also a student herself, pursuing an MDiv through Fuller Seminary in California.  After growing up in the Philippines and Colorado, she attended Asbury College in Kentucky, studying Biology and Christian Ministry, and Wheaton College where she received an MA in Intercultural Studies.  She loves drinking good coffee on her porch with students (and her dog, Sadie), serving Eucharist at Church of the Resurrection, being an aunt to Silas and Auggie, good books and conversation, oh and she can’t pass up a good deal at a garage sale.  





250x250Kristen 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 follows 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. 

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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 housing.services@wheaton.edu 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 reslife@wheaton.edu 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.