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Admissions Team

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

Kaci Ballard T.J. Edwards Leah King Abby Motsenbocker Breena Telfer
Heather Bernhardt Dr. Terrell Elam Austin Lake Scott Panida Katie Towns
Justin Berry Lauren Etheridge Esther Lee Tim Rees Josh Walker
Jeremy Breaux Kelsie Friederichsen Ashlee Lowder Drew Riss Rachel Walker
Heather Cihak Lorél Garcia Ricky Maldonado Andrew Rose Sarah Weaver
Heather Craig Katie Gilligan Jessica Martin Elizabeth Scheren Caitlin White
Rick Cramer Zachary Grafman Katherine Martin Matt Shearin Julia Yoda
Emilie Cubino Crystal Henderson Robert Mason Stephen Siefert Peter Young
Kaytee Diehl Isaiah Isaac Phylicia Masonheimer Thomas Starchia  

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 takes place with the largest weekly gathering of Christian young people in the world.

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Washington, DC

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

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

TIM REES

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

Hometown:  Olean, New York

Family:  Wife, four children

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

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

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Charley’s

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Appomattox National Historic Park

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

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

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

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

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ROBERT MASON

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Family: My wife and two sons

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

Favorite Place on Campus: The Jerry Falwell Library

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Crown Sterling

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Smith Mountain Lake

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

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

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

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

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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 Restaurant: Robin Alexander and Neighbor's Place

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

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

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HEATHER BERNHARDT

Education:  Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Master in Human Services

Hometown:  Fairfax, Virginia

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

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

Favorite Place on Campus: Williams Stadium

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Smith Mountain Lake

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

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

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

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication

Hometown: Shipman, Virginia

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

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

Favorite Place on Campus: 90.9 FM the Light

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg: Peaks View Park

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

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

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

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

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

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HEATHER CRAIG

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Hometown: Westminster, Maryland

Family: I am the oldest of five children. I am married to a wonderful man and have a fantastic stepson. 

Favorite Bible Verse: Ecclesiastes 5:3, “For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.”

Ministry Experience: When I was in high school, I participated in three different mission trips that allowed me to travel to the Bahamas, Nova Scotia, and Ireland to put on vacation Bible schools for young people. I have also served in the orchestra in churches I have attended through the years.

Favorite Place on Campus: I love the library!

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg:  Historical sites in the area that specifically have to do with the Civil War.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I felt that Liberty was a place where I could grow in my faith, but also receive a degree that I could use to further my career.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? I loved my Arthurian Legend class because it was a topic I was fascinated with and it was completely based on papers and discussion in class.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I was a Prayer Leader. I also played intramural volleyball.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? I would definitely have to say the atmosphere and the energy at Liberty. There is nowhere else that you can just walk on campus and be immersed in the positive energy flowing from this place!

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RICK CRAMER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Religion

Hometown: Fortville, Indiana

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

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

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

Favorite Destination in or near Lynchburg:  Blackwater Creek Trails

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

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

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

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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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KAYTEE DieHL

Education: Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising & Interior Design

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Family: I am one of five children and I have two incredible parents.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 55:8-9, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

Ministry Experience: Throughout the years, I have enjoyed the ministry opportunities to serve on LU student leadership, speak at high school girl’s retreats, and mentor at-risk children.

Favorite Place on Campus: Because of my huge passion for fitness and football, my favorite place on campus is tied between the Lahaye Fitness Center and Williams Stadium.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Texas Road House/ 5 Guys

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? After attending CFAW as a junior in high school, I felt God calling me to attend Liberty University.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? FACS 422 because I was able to create garments that perfectly fit me.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? Outside the classroom, I enjoyed teaching dance and disciplining girls through student leadership.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? As I prayed for employment before graduation I asked the Lord to provide a job that I was in a healthy environment and I had peace doing. When the position to work for LU came available, I saw God answer both requests beyond what I ever imagined.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? What sets Liberty apart from other schools is the campus life. Every day you encounter students living out their personal relationship with God and their actions because of that factor attracts you to the campus in the way that no other school does.

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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, Master of Arts in Human Services

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Family: My husband, Aaron

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

Ministry Experience: I had the incredible opportunity to be a Spiritual Life Director for my residence hall during my senior year and I also served as a Prayer Leader during my junior year. As a sophomore, I enjoyed touring the United States with a music ministry team called "Living Proof" and ministering and performing at churches and 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 Restaurant: 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 (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 (in progress)

Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: 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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LEAH KING

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English

Hometown:  Taneytown, Maryland

Family: Mom and 3 sisters—Mary Ann, Lauren, Miranda, and Cassie

Favorite Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you! He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing!”

Favorite Place on Campus: The very top of DeMoss Hall. It’s such a gorgeous view!

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I visited for College for a Weekend and fell in love with the campus, the worship, and the people!

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Biology. It was the most challenging class I had ever taken but I enjoyed working hard to earn my grade and learning super interesting stuff along the way.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I love students, I love Liberty, and I love Jesus!

What advice do you give future students? Appreciate your time here! Everything happens for a reason, all in God’s perfect timing. Learn to slow down and savor this time in your life where almost nothing is 100% certain and there are a million possibilities for your future!

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AUSTIN LAKE

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

Hometown: Oswego, New York

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

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

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

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

What advice do you give future students? I encourage all future students to take full advantage 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

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

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

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 (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 is best to take some time and enjoy those offerings.

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PHYLICIA MASONHEIMER

Education:  Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Religion

Hometown:  Petoskey, Michigan

Family:  My parents, Ann and Phil, five younger siblings (Ella, Autumn, Anthony, Anders, and Laney), husband Josh, and six sisters-in-law.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Ministry Experience: As a former member of Liberty’s equestrian team, I’ve had the privilege of mentoring teenage girls through a horseback program at a local barn. I also volunteer in the Lynchburg community through a women’s organization called the Junior League. When I am not working or volunteering, I manage a blog and online ministry for young women.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Prayer Chapel

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant:  Market at Main

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg:  Charlottesville – great shopping!

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I chose Liberty because it was the only Christian college whose values truly echoed my own. I was looking for a school that was not just Christian in name but Christ-following in every respect. Liberty was everything I expected and more.

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My favorite course was a bible class on the book of Acts with Dr. Croteau. Walking through the lives of the apostles and the structure of the early church was a fascinating study.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? As a homeschool graduate, I wanted to help other homeschool students navigate the college process with ease. Liberty echoes all the values of the homeschool demographic and because of this, I wanted to introduce the university to those who are not familiar with all it has to offer.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty equips its students academically while preserving an environment of spiritual discipleship and an unwavering dedication to Christian doctrine. This is so rare in today’s world of higher education. Having visited 12-13 private and public schools myself, Liberty truly is one of a kind.

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ABBY MOTSENBOCKER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown: Orange County, California

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

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta

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

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

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

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SCOTT PANIDA

Education: Bachelor of Science in History (in progress)

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Family: My wife and son

Favorite Bible Verse: II Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Ministry Experience: I believe that anywhere you go, work, or live; you can be a ministry for Jesus Christ.

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Cracker Barrel; I love those blueberry pancakes!

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Blackwater Creek Trail

What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Greek Civilization, it was a fascinating subject and I had a great professor, Dr. Davis.

Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries were you involved in during college? I volunteered briefly with Campus Serve and I was on the Triathlon Team in club sports for a semester. Both were good experiences.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I support the school in its mission and I love working with students!

What advice do you give future students? I tell students that they must find their identity in Jesus Christ because anyone or anything else will ultimately let them down. I would also say to find a good balance in college between hard work and fun because if you lean into either one too much, you’ll winding up having a hard time. Just give it your best and leave the rest to God.

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DREW RISS

Education: Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Hometown: Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania

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

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

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Charlottesville, Virginia

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

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

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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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ELIZABETH SCHEREN

Education: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Hometown:  Vienna, Virginia

Family: I married my husband, Kyle, in September 2014 and we have a golden retriever named Silas. I have one older sister, my mom, and my dad who are all great!

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation had overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Ministry Experience: In high school I went on a very eye-opening mission trip around Mexico. During my junior year at Liberty, I studied abroad in Antigua, Guatemala for two months with one of my professors and a group of 8 other Liberty students.

Favorite Place on Campus: I absolutely love to watch the sunsets from Snowflex!

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Robin Alexander

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: My husband and I love to take our dog on hikes up to the Monogram.

Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I transferred to Liberty my sophomore year from another college because I realized I had chosen it for all of the wrong reasons and wanted more out of my college experience, both spiritually, socially, and academically.

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? I am so excited to be working at Liberty University because I truly loved my experience while studying undergrad at Liberty. I believe that working at Liberty is such a wonderful opportunity to help students draw closer to The Lord.

What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? I found out first hand that the professors at Liberty truly care about their students. Plus, where else do professors take personal prayer requests and pray for their students before class!

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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 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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KATIE TOWNS

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia          

Family:  My dad, mom, and two sisters who are back in Virginia Beach and one brother who is currently at Liberty.

Favorite Bible Verse: Hosea 2:14, “Therefore behold I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.”

Ministry Experience: I was a resident assistant during my time in undergrad here at Liberty so I had the opportunity to work and live with girls who I got to minister to in day to day life.  I have also had multiple youth internships with both Atlantic Shores Baptist Church in Virginia Beach and The Village Church in Dallas, TX.

Favorite Place on Campus: The theatre. I am so excited to be back in Lynchburg for the theater season and to get to attend as many shows as I can. 

Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: I’m a pretty big fan of City Place Food & Co.

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: I have always enjoyed driving up to natural bridge or really anywhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains as the leaves change color in the fall. 

Why did you choose to work at Liberty University? Because some of my happiest most fulfilling memories all took place while I was at LU and I couldn’t think of anything better than getting to be back here helping students make memories like that of their own. 

What advice do you give future students? Be involved. Go to class, introduce yourself to your professors, take advantage of everything Student Activities throws at you (the scavenger hunt is a blast every time), go to prayer groups, go to hall events, go to campus serve, just go!  Prioritize your classes and make sure you remember that you are here for school first, but soak up every minute of campus life and activities as you can. 

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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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RACHEL WALKER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown:  Easley, South Carolina

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

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

Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg:  Percival’s Island

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

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

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SARAH WEAVER

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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 a part 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 very 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 major of Business Administration 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

Hometown:  Dumfries, Virginia

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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