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. The majority of the 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 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. In addition, a number of Peer Ministers are assigned to cohorts such as fraternities, athletes, international students, and commuter students.

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.

For more information about Peer Ministers, contact University Pastor Charlene M. Rachuy Cox.

Students talking to one another
Peer Ministers helped welcome international students to campus, Fall 2016.
Students share ice cream with a fellow student
Peer Ministers may stop by to see residents and offer treats like ice cream or pizza, especially during high-stress times.

 

Students playing a game.
Peer Ministers play a game together, at Fall ’16 orientation.
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2017-18 Peer Ministers are:

Alumni Hall:
Callum Casey, Westin Stufflebean and Jasmine DeLara
Beacon Hall:
Deanna Johanson and Kelly Langevin
Brandt Hall:
Kate Lane, Cody Wilson, Katarina Modrich and Christian Mundorf
Lankenau Hall:
Caylyn Moglia, Jonah Koetke (also Team Leader), Emily Roberts
Guild/Memorial Hall:
Connor Hickey and Emily Smith
Wehrenberg Hall:
Olivia Frink
"At large" Peer Ministers are:
Bryce Banic (Commuter Students); Kelly Rayner (German House and International Students); Tim Bimler (Christ College and Study Abroad); Jen Kvasnicka (Team Leader and College of Nursing); Jeff Langevin (Fine Arts and Fraternities); and Jacob Rasawehr (Athletes)