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 and get to know us a little better by checking out our profiles below!

Kaci Ballard Dr. Terrell Elam Kimberly Jamison Robert Mason Breena Telfer
Justin Berry Lauren Etheridge Elyse Klink Abby Motsenbocker Steve Thomas
Jeremy Breaux Kelsie Friederichsen Austin Lake Tim Rees Josh Walker
Steven Brondyke Lorél Garcia Esther Lee Andrew Rose Sarah Weaver
Heather Cihak Zachary Grafman Ashlee Lowder Darren Rowles Caitlin White
Rick Cramer Katie Gilligan Ricky Maldonado Stephen Siefert Julia Yoda
Emilie Cubino Crystal Henderson Jessica Martin Matt Shearin Peter Young
Joel Denney Isaiah Isaac Katherine Martin Thomas Starchia Jessica Young
T.J. Edwards        

 

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 seven grandchildren (Shaun Michael, Matthew, Chai, Michala, Mark Jr., Nora, and Ricky Jr.).

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 had served the Lord in Christian schools as a teacher/coach, elementary principal, 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, Chad, and Africa. I currently have the privilege of leading the university’s undergraduate 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 take 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 (Executive Leadership), 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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HEATHER CIHAK

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

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Family: I am the eldest of five children

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 master's degree 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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STEPHEN SIEFERT

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

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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Admissions Counselors

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 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 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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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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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 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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EMILIE CUBINO

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History 

Hometown: Braselton, Georgia

Family: My husband, Jordan;  parents, Don and Brenda Brady; and I have two sisters and one brother, Katie, Kimmie, and Robbie.

Favorite Bible Verse: Leviticus 19:2 “Be holy for I am holy.”

Ministry Experience: I served in the college group at my church and coordinated events, as well as served under my college pastor at church camp.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Library! 

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Dr. Falwell said, “If it’s Christian, it should be better.” In my experience at a Christian college and in ministry, I have found that sometimes Christians equate being lenient in course requirements or deadlines with showing Christian kindness or charity. However, Liberty sets the bar high and requires its students to rise to a higher standard than most universities, secular or Christian. Ultimately, Liberty’s students leave better prepared for life and to do ministry in whatever field they choose.

What advice do you give future students? Stay focused on the end goal. At times college can seem daunting and as though you will never finish. Remember that you are here to learn how best to serve the Lord in the particular field you have chosen. Do your work as unto the Lord and He is faithful to provide the grace and resources required to finish well.

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JOEL DENNEY

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Exposition

Hometown:  Springfield, Ohio

Family: My mom and dad who have been married for 34 years, one brother who is 25 and I am engaged to be married to my wonderful fiancé!

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

Favorite Place on Campus:  The new Jerry Falwell Library

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg:  The Blue Ridge Parkway is a place everyone should venture to during their time at Liberty.  The scenic drive and overlooks of the Blue Ridge Mountains are amazing.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? One of my pastoral classes, PLED 422 (Homiletics), was my favorite Liberty course.  The Pastoral Leadership degree has gone under an intensive overhaul, and one of the new philosophies of the school is that pastors need to train pastors, much in the way surgeons need to train surgeons.  This homiletics class was led by a local pastor with the experience and wisdom pastors-in-training need.  Paired with the opportunity to deliver several sermons and receive useful critique (both from peers and professors), this class was undoubtedly my favorite.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? As I mentioned briefly before, I was involved in Student Leadership as a Prayer Leader.  I also joined the Club Sports Racquetball team in 2011 and played for the team for the rest of my undergraduate studies. The final year I played with the team, I served as the team captain.  The Racquetball team was one of the most rewarding experiences during my time at Liberty, and the team truly came together as a family – I still stay in contact with many of my friends from the team.

What advice do you give future students?   Spend time with Jesus first.  Spend time in your studies.  Spend time with friends and have fun!  Enjoy the campus and time with your friends, but make Jesus the center of your life.

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

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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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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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CRYSTAL HENDERSON

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (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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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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KIMBERLY JAMISon

Education: Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Family: Mother and Father: Ruth and Lee Jamison, Brother and Sister in-law: Benjamin and Meredith Jamison

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Samuel 22:3-4, "My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior- from violent people you save me. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Neighbor's Place

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Downtown and walking the trails by the River.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? There is no one specific course. I really enjoyed my GNED courses with Dr. Weider. His courses challenged me and made me think about every day issues. I loved all of my design courses with Monique Maloney. She is such a powerful influence and is very successful in the field.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I was a member of the Liberty University Cheerleading Team, Vice President of the Zeta Chi Honorary Art Society and also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. I was also an On-Campus Student Recruiter for the University. I did a lot of my community service through the Hancock Welcome Center as well.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I believe Liberty has a very strong mission. I love the atmosphere and work environment. This university greatly changed my life and I really enjoy getting to be a part of the recruiting process for young adults. Liberty has so much to offer and I enjoy being a part of such a positive work environment. 

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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, Susie 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 broomball.

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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katherine martin

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Family: Mom, Dad, and younger brother

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 40:5, “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare." 

Favorite Place on Campus: The library- I just like books!

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Panera Bread. I really like the soup and salad combos there.

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: The Blackwater Creek trails. It's a good place to get some exercise and enjoy the great views in Lynchburg.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  I valued the Christian education I knew I would receive and the International Relations program was on par with the offerings of other colleges.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  The Christian education that refuses to sacrifice the quality of education that employers are looking for at Ivy Leagues.

What advice do you give future students? College is more of a challenge- to find the perfect balance of work and play. Studying hard is great but with all the events and things to do on campus, it'd be best to take some time and enjoy those offerings.

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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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ANDREW ROSE

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Family: Martin Rose (Father), Kimberly Rose (Mother), Allison Rose, (Sister) Abigail Rose (Sister) 

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

Ministry Experience: I worked with an organization called Take the City Ministries where our mission was to go out into the inner city and make disciples among the residents of those areas through sports ministry and sidewalk evangelism.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: The Blue Dahlia

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Black Water Trail

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My two favorite courses at Liberty were Terrorism and Counter-terrorism due to the hands on experience and in depth information that I received while in the course. These two classes are the reason I am continuing my education today.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Liberty meant a lot to me while I was at school and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and when I was given the opportunity to apply to this job I reveled the opportunity to give back to the school and have the opportunity to draw others to this university.

What advice do you give future students? The best advice I can give to future students is to appreciate and take in all of the advantages Liberty has to offer while in school, because your time at Liberty goes by in the blink of an eye.

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DARREN ROWLES

Education: Bachelor 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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MATT SHEARIN

Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management 

Hometown:  Warrenton, North Carolina

Family: Loving parents, my brother, and one niece

Favorite Bible Verse:  2 Corinthians 12:9, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me."

Ministry Experience: During the past two summers, I have worked with Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Sports Ministry Department and Counter Culture Sports. We hosted a football camp for rising Juniors and Seniors.

Favorite Place on Campus: Williams Stadium. Sports ministry is my passion so whenever the opportunity presented itself, I was always there.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Osaka's

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: The wall behind Doc's Diner in front of East Dorms. A lot of time was spent with the Lord on that wall as well as a lot of reflection with people close to me.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why?  SMGT, Sport Marketing. Dr. Martin is a professor that truly cares and loves her students but pushes them in her class. Sport Marketing brought me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to strive for more, which has helped in employment and my Christian walk.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty University is set apart from other schools because we will not falter on our mission and beliefs. Liberty will give you a solid education with biblical principles.

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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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SARAH WEAVER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Services

Hometown:  Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Family: One older sister who is currently a flight attendant. My mom and dad still live in North Carolina.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46:1-2 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus would be Snowflex because of the amazing view and it has such a relaxing atmosphere inside the lodge. 

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: My favorite Lynchburg restaurant would have to be Waterstone. Their pizza is amazing. 

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Smith Mountain Lake. It is a little bit of a drive but the view is incredible. 

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I had a few friends who attended Liberty and they had nothing but good things to say about it. I came to CFAW and was amazed by the atmosphere. I remember sitting in convocation and was overwhelmed by watching the passionate worship going on around me. It moved me to tears and I knew I wanted to be apart of this school at that moment. 

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My favorite Liberty course was definitely my Crisis Intervention class with Dr. Sites. She is such a Godly woman and this class initiated my interest in becoming a counselor. I would not have considered it if had not been for taking this class. 

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I volunteered with Campus Serve a few weekends. I enjoyed tubing at snowflex, ice skating at the ice rink, football games, basketball games, going to the gym, hanging out in the Tilley, and occasional games of tennis.

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CAITLIN WHITE

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Family: My mom, Angie, and my dad, Marshall

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:19, "And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel."

Ministry Experience: I am a middle school leader at my church.

Favorite Place on Campus: the Monogram

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Texas Inn

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I wanted to attend a Christian school that wasn't too far away from home and was accredited.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Crisis Intervention with Dr. Logan

What sets Liberty University apart from the other schools? Liberty University has a great environment! The students, faculty, and staff are awesome!

What advice do you give future students? Enjoy your time at Liberty University! It goes by very fast.

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JULIA YODA

Education: Bachelor of Science in a dual cognate of Business Administration: International Business and Healthcare Management (in progress)

Hometown: Denton, Maryland

Family: I am joyfully married to my sweet husband, Joshua

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

Favorite Place on Campus: The Jerry Falwell Library is relaxing and beautiful.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurants: Outback Steakhouse and La Carreta

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: The Dollar Theater

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  It is the only school I applied to and ever had the desire to attend. Who wouldn't want to come to Liberty? You get top notch education along with activities that you cannot find on any other campus, but the best part is that you are with your family, the family and fellowship of believers, the body of Christ.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  What sets Liberty apart is the beautiful GODLY atmosphere where people and professors actually care.

What advice do you give future students? Do not waste your time holding onto the past. Some of you may have come to Liberty for a fresh new start. Do not let anyone steal your joy and opportunity here at Liberty. Only do your best! Enjoy the college life because it sure does fly. Strive to honor and glorify God in all you put your hands to.

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PETER YOUNG

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (focusing in Communications and Religious Studies)

Hometown:  Been around the world as a military brat

Family: I am one of six and now married with one son

Favorite Bible Verse:  Acts 17:11, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." Roughly translated as "Don't just believe anything [anyone] has to tell you; do your own research to verify."

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: The White Hart

Favorite Place on Campus: The side of the hill nearest the Dining Hall

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Sharp Top Mountain

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University?  The LORD got me here on a prayer to save me from myself and the foolish lifestyle I was headed towards.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why?  COMS 465- Rhetorical Theory. Dr. Michael Graves was perhaps the most gifted instructor I have ever met, and made a course about 'Dead Greeks and Romans' infinitely more relevant and satisfying than any other subject, save the Lord, that I have ever studied.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I was a Prayer Leader for almost every semester on campus, I was in a few unofficial groups/clubs, and generally active on my hall and within my department (Communications, for the most part).

What advice do you give future students? Be sure to make time for the LORD while you're here (I recommend going to breakfast in the Dining Hall, most of your friends won't be there so bring your Bible, journal, and any other devotional items you may need), and never underestimate the power to be had from prayer and fasting!

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JESSICA YOUNG

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communications: Journalism (in progress) 

Hometown:  Chesapeake, Virginia

Family: My mom and dad, and then I am in the middle of four girls. Yolanda is the oldest, and then there's my sister Samantha, and my sister Jasmine.

Favorite Bible Verse:  Matthew 10:16, "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."

Ministry Experience: I have always served through my home church through their music ministry. Here in Lynchburg, Family Life Church has become my home church.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Robin Alexander! I like EVERYTHING on the menu.

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: My home area of Virginia Beach

What was your favorite Liberty course and why?  I love all of my broadcasting classes because of the many opportunities to build your resume and the hands-on experience from professors that have been in the field.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college?  I was President of the Liberty Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honor Society, Assistant News Director of 90.9 The Light, On-Air talent for various Liberty media outlets, I was involved with Liberty's choir, and I was also an On-Campus Student Recruiter.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I truly love Liberty University and all it has to offer, which is a lot. There's nothing about Liberty that I do not like. The atmosphere here is one of a kind!

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