Admissions Counselors

Greetings from your Liberty Admissions Counselors!
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 and get to know us a little better by checking out our profiles below!

Christie Albers Rick Cramer Elyse Klink Kristen Phelps
Kaci Ballard Taylor Curtis Austin Lake Darren Rowles
Kylee Beecher T.J. Edwards Esther Lee Gentry-Lee Simmons
Justin Berry Lauren Etheridge Ashlee Lowder Thomas Starchia
Jeremy Breaux Kelsie Friederichsen Ricky Maldonado Breena Telfer
Steven Brondyke Lorel Garcia Jessica Martin Steve Thomas
Danielle Chatham Zachary Grafman Abby Motsenbocker Josh Walker
Heather Cihak Isaiah Isaac Kristin Nelson  

 

christie albers

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Nutrition, Master of Arts in Theology: Global Studies (in progress)

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Ministry Experience: I have been involved in mission trips every summer for the past ten years, going to the Philippines, Cambodia, and Guyana. In 2010, God gave me the opportunity to live and serve in the Philippines for five months. I have also served as a Sunday school leader to high school senior girls for the past five years.

Why did you choose to work for Liberty University?  I chose to work for Liberty University because I support its ministry and the desire to educate students with a Christian background.

What sets Liberty apart from other schools?  Liberty is set apart from other schools because it offers a Christian environment with a vast variety of programs in which to study.

What advice do you give future students?  For future students, I would advise them to wait on God.  So many times we want to make things happen now! We become impatient and unwilling to wait on His timing. He has a specific plan for our lives and we just need to trust Him.

 

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..the most beautiful views of Lynchburg.

Favorite Lynchburg Resaurant: 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 opportuniity 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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Kylee beecher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Coaching

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Family: Mom and Dad, 1 younger brother (Austin) who is a sophomore at Liberty

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Watersone Pizza- The Angelina Pizza is my favorite!

Favorite Place on Campus: The Vines Center. As a former player for the Women's basketball team here at Liberty, it was my home away from home. I loved playing in the environment that was created at the Vines for every game. Not to mention, the Vines Center is an awesome place of worship during Convocation throughout the week.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I chose to attend Liberty Unviersity because I wanted to be involved in the Christian atmosphere that is created here on campus. While visiting colleges for basketball during my recruitment, I had such a peace about Liberty and knew this was the place for me.

What advice do you give to future students? I encourage future students to set your goals high and pursue them with everything you have. Do not give up and put your complete trust in the Lord. Submit yourself daily to the Lord's will and He will show you the way in which He is leading you.

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Justin Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies Broadcasting

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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Jeremy breaux

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana

Family: I married Melissa in February 1993 and we have four children (Nathan, 19; Alaina, 17; Jeremy Jr. 13; Chloe, 12).

Favorite Bible Verse: “But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Ministry Experience: I have served as bi-vocational youth pastor, bi-vocational pastor and full-time position.

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Steven Brondyke

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Human Resource Management

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Family: My wife, Amanda

Favorite Scripture: Romans 12:9-12 "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

Favorite Location on Campus: Eternal Flame behind the Carter Glass Mansion

What advice do you give to future students: Enjoy Liberty and what it has to offer to the fullest. Take full advantage of the incredible, Godly people that surround you each day on this campus. Learn to love learning and get to know your professors and fellow classmates. Value the opportunity to grow from each other.

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danielle Chatham

Education: Bachelor of Science in Communications

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Family: Parents, Cush and Donna, and my brother Jonathan

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Favorite Lynchburg restaurant: La Carreta

Ministry Experience: The past three summers I've traveled all around the states and to Costa Rica telling kids about Christ and loving on them.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  Looking at Liberty University and their mission statement showed me they care more about just their students' education; they care about helping them become someone who lives their everyday life for the Lord.

What advice do you give future students?  To trust in God, especially during hard times, and to always remember that He never leaves you. NO matter what.

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heather cihak


Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Master of Arts in Human Services

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Family: My father is in the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed in Hawaii. My mother, little sister and little brother enjoy daily life with him in Hawaii as well. I live with my sister in Lynchburg, and my other brother is a white water rafting guide in West Virginia.

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with All your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Ministry Experience:  God has given me many opportunities to serve him in the last few years. During my counseling internship, God opened the door for me to go on a mission trip to Saipan. He has also given me the opportunity to work with Miriam’s House, a homeless shelter for women and children.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Snowflex Lodge – a great place to watch the sunset!

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Waterstone Pizza

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  When I was in middle school, my father graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Theology. Liberty is a wonderful university seeking to train men and women to grow spiritually, mentally and physically to reach the world for Christ. I wanted to come to Liberty University to receive this educational experience.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college?  During college God gave me the opportunity to minister to the ladies in the dorm, along with working in my local church as a leader to the middle school girls.

What advice do you give future students? Enjoy the time you have in college, and take very opportunity to grow spiritually, mentally and physically.

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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. Also it was on 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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taylor Curtis

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business: Marketing 

Hometown:  Noblesville, Indiana

Family: My husband, Micah, my parents Scott and Jo Bowles, and my siblings Meghan and Gunnar

Favorite Bible Verse:  Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…”

Ministry Experience: I have served at Brentwood Church as a check-in person for the first service in the baby area for almost 2 years now.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Waterstone Pizza

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: My favorite destination in Lynchburg would have to be the river walk trail (Blackwater Creek) that runs downtown.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?   I chose to attend Liberty University because there was a feeling I got when I first stepped on campus that I never got when I visited any other school. I was also given the incredible opportunity to run for Liberty University’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs for two years.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  What sets Liberty apart from all other schools is the experience you get from your professors when it comes to knowledge of the real world and how to survive in it. Liberty University holds its students to high standards in education, sports, and attitude, developing the student as a whole and not just giving the student an education is something that far exceeds any other university.

What advice do you give future students?  I will tell a future student to enjoy all the things this university as to offer:  Snowflex, sports, theater, and social activities - go do them!  Also, do not be afraid to go to a professor’s office during office hours. I have found if I didn’t understand something, doing this really helped. It also allowed me to be mentored by some of my professors who have made me into the person I am today, and I am forever grateful for that.

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T.J. Edwards

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Family: Amy (wife), Emalyn (daughter)

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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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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lorél garcia

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Development, Master of Arts in Human Services: Marriage and Family

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 in 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 students activities. Liberty had it all, and I could not have possibly dreamed of a better school! 

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zachary grafman

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History

Hometown: I was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 24:15, "And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Ministry Experience: I currently work as a high school youth leader at Calvary Chapel Lynchburg.

Favorite Place on Campus: While I love hanging out in the basement of the Visitors' Center and watching the sunset from Snowflex, I have a feeling the new library will become my favorite campus spot.

Favorite Lynchburg Resaurant: Ty Thai in Wyndhurst

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Anything taught by Professor Robert Ritchie. He has a command of his subject matter and an ability to teach in a relatable and entertaining way that I have seldom seen combined in the same individual.

What advice do you give future students? Submit all your plans to the Lord, and don't be discouraged if your "five-year-plan" changes. You are His servant, and He will guide you to where He has called you. I know now pursuing my degree at Liberty uniquely prepared me for where I am right now, and I also know that God will continue to prepare me for a future that I cannot see.

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Isaiah Isaac

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Resources, Master of Business Administration: Human Resources (in progress)

Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

Favorite Lynchburg Resaurant: Waterstone Pizza

What advice do you give future students? To weigh all options on the major that interest you as an individual as well as the way people will recognize you and the way you carry yourself.

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elyse klink

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Family: Mom, Dad, an older brother, and a younger sister (who is a freshman at Liberty)

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my  heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!"

Ministry Experience: I was a Resident Assistant on East Campus during my undergrad. I served as an intern with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, and I have spent a lot of time overseas on mission trips. Africa holds a huge piece of my heart!

Favorite Restaurant: Market at Main- They have the BEST breakfast food!

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I believe that Liberty University offers a college experience unlike any other, and I have seen the Lord use Liberty University to change the lives of multiple students. I wanted to work in a place that I knew was making a difference in the lives of students.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? The people at Liberty University are incredibly unique- I have never been in a place where the people are so friendly and encouraging.

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Austin Lake

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical Studies

Hometown: Oswego, New York

Family: Wife, Susan Lake, 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 during their time at Liberty. The classes and professors are incredible at Liberty, and your college years will go by quicker than you think!

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esther lee

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Services

Hometown: Macon, Georgia

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:6, "In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Firehouse Subs

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I was a facilitator for an International Life Fellowship, volunteered at the Hopeline with Dawson McAllister, and played intramural soccer and brromball.

What advice do you give to future students? Go to a lot of Liberty University events and volunteer in the area, especially in your field of study!

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ashlee lowder

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion: Youth Ministry

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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Ricky Maldonado

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical Studies

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 141:5 "Let a righteous man strike me- that is a kindness; let him rebuke me- that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Texas Inn

Favorite Place on Campus: Road to the LU monogram

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? Serving at a local Korean Church, attended International Christian Ministry, Gospelink missions organization.

What advice do you give future students? Get involved in a ministry during your first week. Establishing bonds and making new friends will really change your experience at Liberty. Don’t let doubt hold you back.

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jessica martin

Education: Associate of Arts in General Studies; Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Christian Counseling (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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abby motsenbocker

Education: Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Hometown: Home is whenever I'm with my family

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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kristin nelson

Education: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Hometown: Westerly, Rhode Island

Family: My husband, Joel

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."

Favorite Place on Campus: The football stadium

Favorite Lynchburg Resaurant: Robin Alexander Bistro

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg: Washington, D.C.

What was your favorite Liberty course? Intelligence Analysis with Dr. Murphy

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty offers a Christian viewpoint while still being a liberal arts university. It offers the biblical background while being a school where you can receive more than just a Bible degree.

What advice do you give future students? Don't discount Liberty because of the rules! Have fun and enjoy the time while you're here. It all goes by way too fast.

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kristen phelps

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government with a minor in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina

Family: My dad, Mark, my mom, Mandy, and my older brother, Ryan

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 61:1-3, "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."

Ministry Experience: I have been involved in missions with my church for over 14 years now.  Each experience has been special, but the most recent involved living in India for almost three months.  During that time, I was able to teach middle school, tutor high school students, work with handicapped children, and minister in leper colonies.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Waterstone Pizza

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I love the focus on developing the whole person, including the physical and spiritual aspects. You just don't get that dedication at many schools. I really appreciate the opportunity to have a role in drawing students to a place where they can grow into the person the Lord designed them to be.

What sets Liberty University apart from the other schools? The faith-based emphasis at Liberty sets it apart from most universities, but it is also unique from other Christian schools by providing opportunities and majors that a small school cannot.

What advice do you give future students? Get some sleep! Adequate rest makes for being a better student and generally being a nicer human being. Take advantage of the opportunities you have but also remember that the best way to invest your time is with people.

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Darren Rowles

Education: Bachelors of Arts in Youth Ministry, Master of Divinity in Missional Studies (in progress)

Hometown: Windber, Pennsylvania

Favorite Place on Campus: LaHaye Student Union

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? PLED 250 with Dave Early—This was the most spiritually challenging class that I attended. It was blended well between exhortation and practical guidance. We were given time in class to get a hold of God.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I believe very strongly in the mission of Liberty. I have always stressed the importance of boys becoming godly husbands, godly fathers, and leaders of the local church. I know that there is female leadership who share similar emphasis with the students entrusted to them. To promote students entering this atmosphere is a very important ministry in and of itself.

What advice do you give future students? Take advantage of the people and resources surrounding you for the next four years. This is a unique environment that most will never experience again after graduation. Shortly after leaving Liberty, you will truly realize what was at your disposal. Prepare yourself to run the race and keep your eyes on the cross when you are no longer immersed in an atmosphere where a relationship with Christ is so greatly stressed and valued.

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gentry lee simmons

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications, Master of Arts in Human Services: Executive Leadership (in progress)

Hometown: Pendleton, South Carolina

Family:  My dad and mom, Paul and Michelle Sutherland, my brother Ty, my husband Jacob, and my cat Lucy (aka Pookie)

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."

Ministry Experience: I have been to both Trinidad and Peru on mission trips.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University?  I wanted to be a part of this great Christian university to make a difference in others’ lives. I also wanted to work for a Christian university where I share the same values and beliefs as my coworkers.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  This great Christian atmosphere is hard to find!  I love that there are so many different majors and that Liberty is successfully continuing to grow. I also love that the university credits all success to Jesus Christ. Liberty is an outstanding academically and is upheld by its values. To me, this has no comparison.

What advice do you give future students?  Let God speak and touch your life these next few years. Let your desire be to grow, not just as a student, but also as a Christian. Take every opportunity that is given to you and remember the reason you are here. Let Christ be, and stay, number one in your life during these important years of building who you will be as an adult.
 

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thomas starchia

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Worship and Music Studies; Master of Business Administration (in progress)

Hometown:  Virginia Beach, Virginia

Family:  My parents, Joe and Roberta Starchia, siblings Lisa, Joseph Jr., Mary, and Tonesia

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

Ministry Experience: I have served in several ministry capacities, including traveling to Ukraine, Germany and Trinidad to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ through music and arts. I also served as the director of LU Praise, the gospel choir ministry team of Liberty University, from 2009 to 2011.

Favorite Place on Campus: The DeMoss Courtyard

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: The Cavalier and Cookout

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  I felt God calling me to go into worship and music ministry, and a friend told me about the program offered here at Liberty. I immediately applied to the school, was accepted and came to summer orientation, where I was able to check out the campus. I knew this was where God wanted me to be and it was without question where I wanted to go.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college?  Intramural volleyball, Thomas Road Baptist Church choir, LU Praise, and hiking

What advice do you give future students?  Be willing to learn and have an open mind as you begin to decide for yourself what to believe in accordance with Scripture.  You will grow unbelievably within your four years of college, if you allow God to work in you.

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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 also 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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steve thomas

Education: Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries, Master of Divinity in Professional Ministries (in progress)

Hometown: New Castle, Delaware

Family: Parents, Tom and Nancy Thomas, and sisters Jessica and Julie. Jessica is a senior at Liberty and Julie is a sophomore at Lynchburg College.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Favorite Place on Campus: The LaHaye Center

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Peaks of Otter

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? Throughout my years here at Liberty, I was an assistant coach with the LCA cross country team one semester, and I was involved with hall leadership for the entire six years I lived on campus.  I also had the opportunity to serve with a local church in helping with the youth group for the past year and a half.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?   Liberty University offers more things to do than just about any other Christian college.  The school has maintained its “Christ First” mindset over the years and they continue to keep that.  The student leadership structure that is on the campus offers the students an opportunity to be discipled and to grow in their personal and leadership skills. 

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josh walker

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business: Finance

Hometown: Halifax, Virginia

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Ministry Experience: Prayer leader on campus during my junior year. Served as a camp counselor for high school students at a Church of God summer camp.

Favorite Place on Campus: LaHaye Student Center

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Neighbors Place and La Villa

Favorite destinations in or near Lynchburg: Peaks of Otter or Devil’s Marbleyard

What was your favorite Liberty course and why?  History 222.  I love US history, particularly learning about the different presidential campaigns, etc.  My teacher was also very enthusiastic about the course and I really enjoyed how he presented the material.   Also, I took an English 202 class that I really liked.  It was mainly because of the teacher, but we read short stories from early American history that were very good. 

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University?  I had previously applied for a job here right after I graduated, but did not end up getting it.  I worked at a local finance company here and decided it just wasn’t for me.  I had always wanted to continue my education, so I knew working here would help me achieve that goal.  Also, I really just loved being at Liberty during my time as a student, so I wanted to continue that with my professional career. 

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  The people here create a great atmosphere that I don’t normally see when I go to other colleges.  That was one of the big things I noticed when I first came here, many people invested in me from the moment I came here.  Also, teachers are very personal here and you can tell they really want you to succeed in all areas of your life.  I still have great relationships with some of my teachers and they have continued to help me grow since I have graduated.

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