Admissions

ADMISSIONS TEAM

Greetings from your Liberty University Resident Admissions Team!
We are here to help you, so please call 1-800-543-5317 or email us at admissions@liberty.edu with any questions you have. Get to know us a little better by checking out our profiles below!

Victoria Adams Lauren Etheridge Crystal Henderson Desmond Rice
Kaci Ballard Abby Faber Austin Lake Tim Rees
Heather Copeland Kelsie Friederichsen Ashlee Lowder Drew Riss
Justin Berry Lorél Garcia Jessica Martin Zach Schoonover
Rick Cramer Katie Gilligan Robert Mason Stephen Siefert
T.J. Edwards Olivia Griffith Drew Muir Breena Telfer
Dr. Terrell Elam Jacob Haynes Sydney Porter Rachel Walker

Leadership

Dr. Terrell Elam

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Hometown:  Lebanon, Missouri

Family:  I have my wife Robyn, three daughters (Sandra Lynn, Amanda Joy and Jessica Diane) and nine grandchildren (Shaun Michael, Matthew, Chai, Michala, Mark Jr., Madilene, Nora, Ricky Jr., and Jackson).

Favorite Bible Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

Ministry Experience: Before coming to Liberty University in June 2009, I  served the Lord in Christian schools as a teacher/coach, elementary principal, high school principal, guidance counselor, and head of school. I have also had the privilege of serving the Lord internationally through short term mission trips to England, Ukraine, and Chad, Africa. I currently lead the university’s undergraduate and graduate domestic admissions office as we recruit and retain Champions for Christ, which I also see as a ministry opportunity.

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus would be the Vines Center- when convocation takes place with the largest weekly gathering of Christian young people in the world.

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Washington, DC

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I work at Liberty because of Liberty’s mission to Train Champions for Christ.

What advice do you give future students? To pay attention to what God is doing in your life, who God is bringing across your path, and the small still voice that speaks truth to you as you go about your daily life. 

TIM REES

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Master of Business Administration, Education Specialist (Educational Leadership)

Hometown:  Olean, New York

Family:  Wife, four children

Favorite Bible Verse:  John 11:35, "Jesus wept."

Ministry Experience: Having served in various capacities in several churches over the past three decades, I am currently serving as sunday school superintendent at my local church.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Charley’s

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Appomattox National Historic Park

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I chose Liberty because of the Christian worldview that is incorporated into the learning environment. I attended a couple of public schools before Liberty University and while the academic rigor was about the same across all of them, the main difference was the classroom atmosphere. In my secular university experience, so many students were confused as to what they believed and why – many did not believe in absolute truth and therefore had no basis for believing in anything. At Liberty, you find the same academic rigor as at other institutions but with the benefit of a biblical worldview being incorporated into the learning environment.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? The Christian atmosphere is what drew me here. I have prior work experience in both the government and private sectors but working for Liberty University has been an excellent experience for me because of the Christian environment. In my previous jobs, we had bible studies and prayed but in a much more limited capacity – here those things are all out in the open.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? The Christian atmosphere in a university setting that rivals any larger state school in size. We have NCAA division 1 athletics and the proper perspective in the classroom, which makes this campus very unique and special.

What advice do you give future students? Continue to do your best in your academic work so that you put your best foot forward when applying to college and find out who you really are. Knowing what you were made and called to do may be much different than what you think you want to do. A large number of students get to college and end up changing their major. Make sure you know what God designed you to accomplish and pursue that field of study.

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ROBERT MASON

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Family: My wife and two sons

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Favorite Place on Campus: The Jerry Falwell Library

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Crown Sterling

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Smith Mountain Lake

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I enjoyed swimming in college.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Working for Liberty is an excellent opportunity in Christian work environment.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Convocation - the largest weekly gathering of Christian students in the world.

What advice do you give future students? Work hard to obtain your goals! 

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STEPHEN SIEFERT

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Communications Broadcasting, Master of Arts in Executive Leadership

Hometown:  Connersville, Indiana

Favorite Bible Verse:  Romans 12:1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

Favorite Place on Campus: No longer in existence, The Bald Spot was located where Snowflex is now.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Market at Main

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Devil’s Marble Yard

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I visited Liberty University when I was a sophomore in high school during CFAW. I fell in love with the people, the school and the community and knew this is where I was supposed to be.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Option LU was a video production class where a small group of students would produce a web show each week. I was responsible for the weekly sports segment filming all NCAA, Club and intermural sports.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty University has top notch academics with great faculty who not only care about the subject matter and are experts, but care about the student’s wellbeing.

What advice do you give future students? I would encourage students to be involved in different campus activities and clubs and to get involved in a local church or small group outside of what is already going on around campus.

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lorÉL garcia

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Arts in Human Services

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Family: My husband, Aaron

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29-31, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Ministry Experience: I had the incredible opportunity to be a Spiritual Life Director for my residence hall during my senior year and I also served as a Prayer Leader during my junior year. As a sophomore, I enjoyed touring the United States with a music ministry team called "Living Proof" and ministering and performing at churches and elementary schools. I have been on a number of life-changing mission trips including trips to Mexico, the island of Bimini, and to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief.

Favorite Place on Campus: Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre

Favorite Destination In or Near Lynchburg: The Peaks of Otter, especially Sharp Top Mountain - it's a fun hike and the view at the top is breathtaking!

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? During my first visit to Liberty, I immediately fell in love with it! I was so excited to have the opportunity to further my education in this unique institution where Christ is glorified. I wanted to attend a university with high-caliber academics, opportunities for ministry, and lots of student activities. Liberty had it all, and I could not have possibly dreamed of a better school! 

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication

Hometown: Shipman, Virginia

Family: My wife, Katlin, my parents are Chris and Andrea, and I have three siblings- Ethan, Alana, and Ava

Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 8:34, “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Favorite Place on Campus: 90.9 FM the Light

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg: Peaks View Park

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? I really liked COMS 334 Advanced Audio Production because that taught me a lot about the technical side of my degree, and it gave me a chance to do some really cool projects, like redoing the entire audio for a clip from Toy Story.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I played trombone in the marching band for three years and also worked at 90.9 FM The Light, the campus radio station, for about four years, where I worked in production and management. I always loved doing an on-air show. I also helped out in my church’s youth ministry back home in Lovingston, where I did audio and video.

Why did you choose to work for Liberty University? Liberty has helped me gain a lot of my life experiences, like growing in responsibility, paying bills, meeting new people and transitioning to adulthood. I believe in Liberty’s mission and want to give back, helping all of the students that are thinking about Liberty when deciding on a college.

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Admissions Counselors

Victoria Adams

Education: Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Interiors

Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia 

Family: I am married to my husband and best friend, Jacob Adams.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 49:15-16, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

Ministry Experience: I was involved in Student Leadership while at Liberty.  After I graduated, I pursued ministry independently by building relationships with Muslims in my community. I learned about different people and their ways of life while gaining opportunities to share the Gospel with them.  

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: The Depot Grille 

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Sharptop Mountain.  I love the hike and the amazing view.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My favorite courses were Fashion Industry and Women’s Role in Missions.  I enjoyed Fashion Industry because I learned about fashion throughout history in the United States, and I also learned about all of the different aspects of the Fashion Industry.  I enjoyed Women’s Role in Missions because I had a professor who consistently encouraged us to “walk in the Spirit”.  This class also helped to develop my passion for ministering to Muslim women as well as Christians who minister to Muslims in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I chose to work at Liberty University because I want other students to have the same amazing college experience that I had.  I believe in Liberty University and what it has to offer students.  

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KACI BALLARD

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (in progress)

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Ministry Experience: Host Team at Brentwood Church

Favorite Place on Campus: Snowflex. It has the most beautiful views of Lynchburg.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Robin Alexander and Neighbor's Place

Why Did You Choose to Attend Liberty University? I wanted to attend a school that would help me grow in my relationship with the Lord as well as give me a good education.

What advice do you give future students? Soak in all that you can while you are here at Liberty. You will have some of the best years of your life here and have an opportunity to hear from some of the most influential people. Learn as much as you can, not only in the classroom but in your spiritual walk as well.

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HEATHER COPELAND

Education:  Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Master in Human Services

Hometown:  Fairfax, Virginia

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?”

Ministry Experience: I was able to go on Cruise With a Cause in the summer of 2011 to Jamaica. In addition, throughout my time as a student at Liberty University I served as a Prayer Leader and Spiritual Life Director.

Favorite Place on Campus: Williams Stadium

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Smith Mountain Lake

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? For three years I had the pleasure of working with Liberty University’s football team. I was a student manager working with daily practices, coaches, and game day preparation.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I fell in love with the school and all it had to offer. I was ecstatic to be able to work with high school students and help them fall in love with Liberty the way I did.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty offers you to hear from speakers from all the around the world that you would not get at other schools weekly. All of our professors teach from both a biblical and secular worldview allowing students to become well rounded and prepared once they leave Liberty University.

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RICK CRAMER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion

Hometown: Fortville, Indiana

Family: 2 sisters, 3 nieces and nephews, and loving parents

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28, “Now therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Favorite Place on Campus:  Under any quiet shaded tree in the summertime

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg:  Blackwater Creek Trails

What was your favorite Liberty course and why?  Romans; I didn't know you could learn that much about one book of the Bible. In addition, it was one of my most challenging classes and I like a challenge.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  The combination of the Christian culture and the opportunities it affords because of its size.

What advice do you give to future students?  Work as hard as you can to borrow as little as you can, but do what you have to do to get here. It will change your life.

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TJ EDWARDS

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Family: My wife, Amy, and my two children, Emalyn and Elias

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Favorite Lynchburg restaurant: Ledo's Pizza

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg: Peak's View Park

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? I enjoyed my Human Resources classes. I learned real, practical skills that pertained to my career path.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I was excited to work at Liberty University because I know I can make an impact on future generations. I still love this school and am excited to continue my own education here too.

What advice do you give to future students? Enjoy your time here on campus. You can easily make connections and friendships that last a lifetime.

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LAUREN ETHERIDGE

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: Warminster, Pennsylvania

Family: I am married to my husband Anthony and we have two chihuahuas. I am the second of three children – I have an older brother and a younger sister.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Favorite Place on Campus: The steps of DeMoss Hall – it is so relaxing to sit on the front steps and read.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Sweet Frog

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  I attended my mom’s graduation during which we went to convocation, and I remember standing during worship and feeling the presence of God among the students. I knew I wanted to be a part of something where you could be free to really worship with each other. I absolutely love it here.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  Liberty is set apart from other schools because the students here are free to worship in public without being ridiculed for it. You can feel God at work on campus. Liberty has stayed true to its original mission of training champions for Christ.

What advice do you give future students?  The advice I would give future students would be to start on your general classes before jumping into your major requirements, because many students change their minds about their course of study after they begin classes.  Also, get involved in as many opportunities as possible at Liberty – there is a very diverse group of students here and you will meet new people every day!

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ABBY FABER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown: Orange County, California

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg: Sharp Top mountain at Peaks of Otter

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty's dedication to not only help their students grow in their education but also in their spiritual walk and relationship with the Lord.

What advice do you give future students? Cherish every moment you spend at Liberty. Go out of your comfort zone and experience as many fun and exciting activities as Liberty offers. This adventure will only come once in your life, so soak it all in and enjoy!

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KELSIE FRIEDERICHSEN

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Education in School Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 19:26, "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"

Favorite Place on Campus: I love hiking to the Monogram, not only to feel great about making it to the top, but also to see an amazing view.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Psychology 341-Psychology of Personality. I loved learning about different men and women throughout the history of psychology forming theories about how personalities were formed.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Liberty is a great place to learn and grow spiritually; working here means being a part of continuing that goal and purpose.

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KATIE GILLIGAN

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown: Johnston, Rhode Island

Family: Mom and Dad, my older sister Brittany, and younger brother Joshua.

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4: 11, 13 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content…I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Ministry Experience: Sang in church choir, helped in children’s church, and worked as counselor at summer camp.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Prayer Garden or Jerry Falwell Memorial

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Depot Grill

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Virginia Beach or my friend’s house.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I participated in some plays through the theater department and a community outreach to children in nearby neighborhoods called Campus Serve.

What advice do you give future students? Study hard and make sure that you’re taking the right steps and in the right major to get you the job that you want when you graduate. Make time to do your homework assignments, but also make life-long friends who will be there for you.

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Olivia Griffith

Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Family: Kristen and Jeff Janson (mom and step dad), Hugh Griffith (dad), Kristiana and Tim Daniels (sister and brother-in-law), Taylor and Parker Janson (brothers) 

Favorite Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us the Spirit of timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Starbucks

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus is wherever there are people excited about life.

Ministry Experience: Throughout my life, I have had privileges and opportunities to serve youth during a short-term missions trip, through a youth ministry in Indiana, via summer camp in Arkansas, and on various occasions. I consider my life one mission and try to take advantage of opportunities on a daily basis to minister God’s love to people. 

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I chose to work at Liberty University for the environment and for the Admissions Counselor role. I love Liberty’s mission and to be a part of a university where high quality education is provided, excitement for life is everywhere, and the Word of God is being spread, I can think of no better place to be. Also, being able to serve people during a time of important—and often life changing—decision making is highly rewarding.

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Jacob Haynes

Major: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Hometown: Newport News, Virginia

Family: I am the youngest of three sons.

Ministry Experience: I was very active in leading high school students in my hometown toward Jesus throughout high school and college. 

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: The White Hart for a cup of coffee!

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? My oldest brother attended here in 2006 and every year that I visited him, I was reassured that this is where God wanted me.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Even though Business Administration capstone course was really intense all the way through, it solidified and assured what I learned at Liberty. 

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I loved my experience at Liberty! It really shaped me as a graduate going into the business world, but more importantly, it pushed me closer to God. I want to help students have that same experience as I did at Liberty.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? The resources to grow as a person and as a follower of Christ is unmatched. Liberty’s professors care so much about their students and it really shows in their leadership.

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CRYSTAL HENDERSON

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Human Services (in progress)

Family: My husband, Jason, and our two handsome boys, Timothy and Ryder

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I chose to work at Liberty University because I knew that I would have the opportunity to grow spiritually and be surrounded by others who share the same values and beliefs as me. It is a wonderful atmosphere to be a part of and so rewarding being able to share with prospective students the change that Liberty University has made in my own life.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? At Liberty, students are not only gaining a great education but they are being taught through a Christian perspective so that not only are they growing in their relationship with Christ but they are also learning how to minister to others through their chosen field of study.

What advice do you give future students? Always follow your dreams but understand that God's purpose for you is far greater than any plans you make for yourself.

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AUSTIN LAKE

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion; Master of Business Administration (in progress)

Hometown: Oswego, New York

Family: My wife, Susie, and dog, Bella.

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14, "Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. Your every action must be done with love."

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I choose to attend Liberty because I wanted to be somewhere that would help to build my faith and at the same time get a quality education.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? The combination of excellent Christian teaching along with unmatched academic programs sets Liberty apart from other schools.

What advice do you give future students? I encourage all future students to take full advantage of their time at Liberty. The classes and professors are incredible, and your college years will go by quicker than you think!

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ASHLEE LOWDER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion

Hometown: King William, Virginia

Family: I am married to my wonderful husband, Jonathan.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 139:14 "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."

Ministry Experience: I majored in youth ministry and have been involved in several youth ministries as an intern or a volunteer.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Cookout

Favorite Place on Campus: The Tilley

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I really wanted to attend a Christian college, and I learned about Liberty at Kings Fest. I just fell in love with the idea of coming here and going to a Christian school that had both the values and quality education.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Being a student here, I really liked the idea of getting to come back to Liberty and help other students, so they could love the school as much as I do.

What advice do you give future students? Enjoy every minute you have in college, it goes by so fast. Take your classes seriously, but also don't forget to have fun (following the Liberty Way of course!).

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jessica martin

Education: Associate of Arts in General Studies; Bachelor of Science in Psychology (in progress)

Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina

Family: My husband, Luke

Favorite Bible Verse: Genesis 22:1, "Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied."

Favorite Place on Campus: Liberty monogram - a peaceful and relaxing getaway with magnificent views of the mountain and the campus

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Shoemakers American Grille - a wonderful date night restaurant with a warm and tranquil atmosphere

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? After much prayer, my husband and I felt confirmation to move to Lynchburg to attend Liberty University. We both wanted a Christian education and we love what Liberty stands for. Pursuing a psychology degree from a Christian university was very important to me.

What advice do you give future students? Pray. Listen. Proceed. Seek God's will for your life and be willing to take a step of faith when the answer is given.

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Drew Muir

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite Bible verse: James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Favorite place on campus: Lahaye Ice Center

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Taste of Philly 

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I originally came for Ice Hockey, but I fell in love with the Lord after coming here, and Liberty has been a blessing ever since.

What advice do you give future students? Go out and experience all that Liberty has to offer.  There is something to do every day from activities, good friends, and awesome sights! 

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SYDNEY PORTER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Family: My husband, and two guinea pigs that we love dearly!

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Percival’s Island Trail and the “Love” statue

Ministry Experience: Going to Liberty allowed me the opportunity to minister to people in a few big ways. I had the privilege of being a youth group leader to some really awesome middle school girls for a semester at Shenandoah Baptist Church in Roanoke. I was blessed to be able to serve at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center by helping to host the Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour for 2 years, and I was able to serve as a prayer intercessor to the Liberty family for a year. 

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My favorite Liberty course was Dr. Hartman’s Genesis class. This was the first time I had ever studied one of the historical books of the Bible in such depth before, and it was really an amazing experience to see God’s Word in an entirely new light.

What advice do you give future students? My advice to other students is to first keep your relationship with God as your first priority, because nothing else will matter as much as that in school or any other place in life. My other advice is to take advantage of all the resources and opportunities at your disposal, whether that be the library, your professors, other students, or clubs and facilities on campus. They are plentiful, so use them while you are able.

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Desmond Rice

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Favorite Bible Verse: II Timothy 4:7, "“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 

Family: I have 2 great parents, 1 awesome sister, and the best nephew in the world. 

Favorite Place on Campus: As a former Liberty athlete, my favorite place would have to be the football stadium. 

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Peaks of Otter 

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I’ve grown up loving Liberty because it is located in my hometown and I was blessed to receive a scholarship to play football here. 

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I love Liberty University’s mission and everything that it stands for.  I have always admired the work that employees at this university do and I’m truly excited to be a part of it! 

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DREW RISS

Education: Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Hometown: Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania

Family: My parents, Andy and Mindy; siblings, Chelsey, Chloe, Claire, Christian, and Fiona.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 40:2-3, “…And [He] set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth a song of praise to our God.”

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Charlottesville, Virginia

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty University has the distinct mission of ‘Training Champions for Christ’ and invests so much in its students, both academically and spiritually.

What advice do you give future students? “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

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ZACH SCHOONOVER

Major: Bachelor of Science in International Business

Hometown: Manahawkin, New Jersey

Family: I married my wife Alyssa in September 2015

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Delecia’s Hispanic Cafe

Favorite Bible Verse: Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, ”Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong. Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Devil’s Marble Yard. Great local hiking spot, and the lookout is incredible.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I’ve had a passion for Liberty since I was a young child. Two of my uncles graduated from Liberty, as well as one of my cousins. After visiting my cousin on campus one year, I was impressed with the campus as a whole; the atmosphere, and how friendly the students were. Most of all, I loved the idea of being able to have Christ be the center of my academics.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Creations Studies. I loved being able to learn about the evidences in the Bible for the creation of the earth and see them in the physical world. It presented us with an awesome opportunity to develop our knowledge of apologetics in this area of study.

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BREENA TELFER

Education: Bachelor of Science: Social Sciences

Hometown: Jackson, New Jersey

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  I chose to attend Liberty because I not only wanted a quality education, but also a place where I could grow in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I participated in Campus Serve, Concerned Women for America, and volunteered for Student Activities.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Liberty University is the best place in the world! It is an honor and a privilege to give back to a place that gave me so much.

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RACHEL WALKER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown:  Easley, South Carolina

Family: My dad and mom, three younger sisters- Katie, FaithAnne, and Hannah, and my puggle- Jackson

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:1, “But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.’”

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg:  Percival’s Island

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  Liberty is unique in that the faculty and staff truly care about each student and their success. Liberty has a very intimate feel and also has the best sunsets!

What advice do you give future students?  Do not let feelings of loneliness or fear of isolation keep you from interacting with others. Staying within the walls of your comfort zone will limit your experiences. Attend as many student activities as you can and let your confidence shine! 

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