Peer Ministers serve as mentors, a caring presence, and role models to students, being available to peers, fostering relationships, creating program and spiritual growth opportunities, and connecting students in need of spiritual care with the pastoral staff of the Chapel of the Resurrection. Peer Ministers live in the residence halls and are an integral part of both the Residence Life team and the Chapel ministry.
The Peer Ministry Program consists of up to ten upper class students who live in the Valparaiso University first year residence halls, and up to two upper class students per upper class residence hall. Peer Ministers will live in the building they serve. Peer Ministers serve students by offering welcome, guidance, compassion and support, through intentional relationships, in an ideal ratio of one Peer Minister per first year residence hall floor. Peer Ministers serve upper class students in an ideal ratio of two Peer Ministers per building. Peer Ministers provide a safe place for all students to question, ponder, explore, grow and develop an understanding of self amid the spiritual journey. Peer Ministers are an extension of, and provide a connection to, the pastoral ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection.
As integral members of both the Residential Life and Campus Ministry staffs, Peer Ministers attend regular hall staff meetings, actively participate in regular team meetings, and work closely with the Resident Assistants to facilitate spiritual programming within the residence halls.
Here are our 2015-16 Peer Ministers and the buildings/areas they serve:
Chase Greenhagen (team leader)
Samantha Schmidt* (team leader)
Wehrenberg (aka, Berg)
Brandt (First Year Learning Communities)
*Denotes fall semester only
^Denotes also working with commuter students
For more information about Peer Ministers, contact University Pastor Charlene M. Rachuy Cox.