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.
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 National Director of Cru’s Grad 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 devotional books and novels, practices her photography, hosts neighborhood parties, and attempts Italian cooking. Her favorite verb is grapple. We have two daughters–an eleventh grader and an eighth grader.