Born in Texas and raised in Alaska, I was blessed with a loving community of Christians to encourage my steps towards a relationship with God. As such, in the last 27 years God has brought me from apathy, to intellectual acceptance of the truth, to a heart broken over my own sin, to a passion of inviting others to the Good News. Much of this transformation in my life came during my time at Calvin College and after. After graduating in 2011, I came to Penn State as a graduate student. After one year into a long Chemical Engineering program, God called me in a new direction and placed me in full-time ministry with Cru where I serve with Faculty Commons ministering to graduate students and faculty members. He is daily teaching me to walk by faith and praise His name. In 2014, God allowed me to marry my beautiful wife, Hannah. Hannah plays a huge role in ushering me to the cross of Christ and I am so blessed by God in our marriage. Most recently, God has blessed us with our first child, a son! I’m learning anew how to give control to God and to trust Him each moment. Some of my hobbies include playing board games, driving, watching movies, and occasionally exercise and reading. Beyond these frequent endeavors, I love free food, spontaneous late-night movies, kite-flying at midnight, and paintball outings.
Out of the Country for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
I am on staff with Faculty Commons and direct Cru’s grad and faculty movements at Penn State. Hailing from the South Hills of Pittsburgh, I am a two time graduate of Penn State and in case you are wondering, yes that makes me a huge fan of all things Pittsburgh and Penn State. After finishing my master’s degree, I worked (or snowboarded and hiked) in Denver, CO for two years. After this, I returned to Penn State in the fall of 2012 to pursue my Ph.D. Shortly after beginning my Ph.D. I began to realize that God had other plans for me and that He was using my time in grad school to help me catch the vision for doing ministry with Faculty and Graduate Students. As a result, I left my program in the spring of 2013 and joined staff with Cru and was placed back at Penn State. I am entering into my fourth year of ministry here at Penn State, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. God has blessed us with a great staff team and great students and faculty. Outside of my work on Campus, I love to spend time with my wonderful fiancé Natalia, run, mountain bike, snowboard, read, cook, eat (this is one of my favorite things), and play and watch sports.
We are on staff with Faculty Commons and serve on Cru’s grad/faculty ministry team at Penn State. In addition, Ashley serves as the Executive Director of Cru’s Graduate Student Ministry. Heather also teaches freshman and senior level writing courses in the English department at Penn State. We met in 1998 while in grad school at the University of Michigan and married a couple of years later. In 2003 after finishing our grad degrees, we joined staff with Cru. We moved to Penn State in 2007. Ashley is from a small town in central North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1996. In his spare time, Ashley enjoys building furniture, gardening, watching Carolina basketball (and sometimes Carolina football), and reading. Heather is from northern Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1997. In her spare time, Heather blogs daily at Live with Flair, writes novels, practices her photography, hosts neighborhood parties, and attempts Italian cooking. Her favorite verb is grapple. We have two daughters–a ninth grader and a sixth grader.