What is a Peer Minister?

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 up to twenty upper class students who live in the Valparaiso University residence halls. Priority is given to hiring twelve Peer Ministers to live and serve in First Year Residence Halls.

Peer Ministers live among the residents they serve. Peer Ministers serve students by offering welcome, guidance, compassion support, and accompaniment through intentional relationships. 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. Students serve in both first year residence halls and upper class residence halls. First year halls are a priority for the program. As the need arises, Peer Ministers may be assigned to serve specific constituencies, not limited to a particular residence hall, i.e,. fraternities and sororities, athletes, commuter students, international students, multicultural students.

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.

 

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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 and Tim Bimler
"At large" Peer Ministers are:
Kelly Rayner (German House and International Students); Jen Kvasnicka (Team Leader and College of Nursing); and Jacob Rasawehr (Athletes)