Founders RA staff

Founders Hall Staff

 

Isaiah Barnfield
Isaiah Barnfield
Resident Director

 

E-mail

isaiah.barnfield@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

1 year

 

Hometown

West Frankfort, IL

 

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Missouri Baptist University - Bachelors of Music in Music Ministry/Bachelors of Arts
Geneva College - Masters of Arts in Higher Education

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

Late night fast food runs followed by long discussions, movies, board games, or jam sessions.

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

Exploring Chattanooga

 

Plans for upcoming year

I hope to continue to engage students intellectually and spiritually. The Founders Hall staff will be looking for ways to provide experiences and opportunities to stretch and grow our students while having a great time.

 

Favorite recreational activities

Camping, recording music, playing guitar at church, Off-Roading in our Jeep, and lifting weights with students.

 

What residents can expect

Expect to be loved, challenged, and supported spiritually and intellectually. I want to meet students and help them navigate the waters of college while encouraging holistic education that prepares students for all areas of life. Be prepared to learn and have fun.

 

Best thing about my job

Being able to play a crucial role in the spiritual and mental formation of college students is a blessing. I love realizing my identity in Christ as I journey through life with students as they are figuring out who they are too.

 

 


 

Callie Bader
Callie Bader
Resident Assistant, Jubilee

 

Major

Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in art, youth ministry and community development.

 

Hometown

Atlanta, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

I'm choosing between two youth ministry classes—so I'll just say youth ministry. Danny is the man and an incredibly engaging and hands on professor. He shows us how to love students/kids through loving us so well. You will learn how to love kids which teaches you how to love your friends and family around you.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

To be engaged on the hall and help shape Jubilee

 

What I'm all about

One thing I want the world to know is that softball is my favorite sport! In a fight with a professional wrestler I might just sneak in a win, so I am all about that. I LOVE DANCE PARTIES. So expect a ton on Jubilee!! The most important thing about me (and only true part of this paragraph) is I am all about Jesus Christ who saved me.

 

 


 

Stephen Bankson
Stephen Bankson
Resident Assistant, Catacombs

 

Major

Physics

 

Hometown

Kathleen, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Optics and Modern Physics with Dr. Petcher. In this class I learned a lot about God's world and just how perplexing and fascinating the world we live in actually is.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

An awesome, crazy hall that's full of longstanding traditions and a close group of men who love one another as we love Christ.

 

What I'm all about

First and foremost, I am a sinner. For reasons I do not understand, God has loved me and sent his Son to redeem me from my sin, so that I may know him and love him. Also, I love hanging out with the guys on the hall, whether that be ridiculous late night conversations, playing Mario Kart, or watching The Office. I also love making others laugh, drinking Dr. Pepper, and playing my ukulele.

 

 


 

Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman
Resident Assistant, 1st Belz

 

Major

IDS (Business, Com Dev, Coaching)

 

Hometown

Fenton, MI

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Intro to Musical Structure

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

To build hall community as we look to Christ's example

 

What I'm all about

Fun, Adventure, Hard work, and Food

 

 


 

Hannah Lloyd
Hannah Lloyd
Resident Assistant, Jungle

 

Major

English (with Sociology and Community Development)

 

Hometown

Flowery Branch, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Doctrine II with Dr. Dennison. I never liked doctrine so much before.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Laughter. Baking. Differences. Togetherness. Mistakes. Love. Grace. Ephesians 3:20-21.

 

What I'm all about

People. Learning. Flowers. Presence. Fruit. Communication. Fresh air. Culture. Family.

 

 


 

Kate Moreau
Kate Moreau
Resident Assistant, Highlands

 

Major

Elementary Education

 

Hometown

Wheaton, IL

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Education of Exceptional Children with Mrs. Young. This class changed my whole perspective on the population of children with exceptionalities and what they can teach everyone.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Lots of laughter, honesty, donut runs, and good conversations. I want Highlands to be a place where everyone is comfortable in their own skin. I also want it to be a place where we are all aware of our own brokenness and the power of Christ's redemption in each and every one of our lives.

 

What I'm all about

Appreciating the little things in life. It's so easy to get caught up in stress and worry (which I do on a regular basis) and not even notice God's mercies throughout the day. I am excited for a year of loving and learning together as a hall!

 

 


 

Michael Nemati
Michael Nemati
Resident Assistant, Brethren

 

Major

Economics, Philosophy & Religion

 

Hometown

Altadena, California

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

My two favorite classes so far have been International Economics with Dr. Fikkert and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy by Dr. Wingard. In International Economics, I got to apply what I learned in previous Econ classes to understand international trade and finance. In Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, I learned about the history of philosophical thought and the foundations of modern secularism.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I want to promote an atmosphere to glorify God in both work and fun! I hope to make Brethren a place where everyone can feel comfortable with diverse personalities.

 

What I'm all about

Praising Jesus in every moment of my life. I love hiking and camping to enjoy God's beautiful creation, but I also love chilling on the hall and chatting with others about anything and everything.

 

 


 

Laura Scott Tomlin
Laura Scott Tomlin
Resident Assistant, Balcony

 

Major/Minors

Psychology/Spanish

 

Hometown

Athens, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

I really enjoyed Christian Mind, because it made me excited about Covenant and the places that God is calling me right now as a college student. I also love the SEPA Psychology Conferences that the psychology department takes every year together. In general (especially in psychology classes) I love learning about how people work, how God made us, and how desperately we need him in our day-to-day lives — even in detailed things like how our brains work.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Balcony is a hall full of real: real friendship, real laughter, and real community...and real studying too :). We are a hall that cares about each person’s story and loves each other in the good, the bad and the ugly of the school year (yes, even during exam week!). I want this hall to be authentic — lots of fun, but also just a place where we can come back at the end of the day and rest, knowing that we are valued and loved.

 

What I'm all about

I enjoy yummy food, coffee dates, picnics, mountains, and friendships. I really love simple but meaningful things. I love to explore fun and unique atmospheres: Mean Mug, Coolidge Park, walks outside, and sitting on my couch with friends are some of my favorites! I am passionate about how Jesus changes our everyday lives and enjoy discussing what He is doing and teaching people right now. I enjoy sports, taking forever to make something creative in the Great Hall, and speaking Spanish!

 

 


 

Daniel Madden
Daniel Madden
Resident Assistant, Blackwatch

 

Major

History

 

Hometown

Athens, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

CHOW II with Dr. Barham. I took it with Age of Europe and I really loved the combination of the two classes. We learned the history of Europe from the 17th century through the 19th century while reading the literature of the time period. It gave me a very unique look into a very interesting period of history.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

They can expect Blackwatch to become more like a home throughout the year. We have 18 guys on the hall, and that comes with a lot of good times and fun adventures, but it also comes with learning how to live with each other. It is going to be an awesome year of fun times while we get a really cool opportunity to live with a bunch of awesome people.

 

What I'm all about

I really love to just hang out. I love watching movies with friends or going to Waffle House at midnight. I’m a big UGA Football fan and most Saturdays I will typically be watching football most of the day. I love getting to know who people are and how they have gotten to this point in their life. Overall, I am just a relaxed guy who likes to have a good time with my friends.

 

 


 

Anna Rohl
Anna Rohl
Resident Assistant, Gracewell

 

Major

History

 

Hometown

St. Louis, MO

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Age of Europe with Dr. Follett. This was the class where I learned that history was the major for me! Dr. Follett pulls in music, art and literature from the eras studied to make the class a rich, fascinating experience. It was also the class where I discovered that cobbling together a history paper is one of the most rewarding feelings out there!

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A place where something fun is always brewing, and where there is always someone to talk to. Basically, a nesting place to return to after the business of our days.

 

What I'm all about

Accenting the busyness of campus life with periods of rest, unexpected beauty, and group fun. Being a student at Covenant can feel all-consuming, and it's my goal to balance the pressures we face with bursts of spontaneous enjoyment.

 

 


 

Jag Williams
Jag Williams
Resident Assistant, Ekklesia

 

Majors

History and Philosophy

 

Hometown

Clearwater, FL

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Epistemology with Dr. Davis

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

You can expect thoughtful discussions on important issues of Christian living, as well as glorious FIFA matches to be waged. You can expect there to always be a Spikeball net nearby, and late night Taco Bell runs to be made. More importantly, I hope there will be an atmosphere of brotherhood that transcends differences and elevates sacrificial loving and unity.

 

What I'm all about

I am very interested in theology and philosophy, which at least explains one of my majors. I am always a ready and willing participant for any theological, philosophical, or life discussion, because I truly believe they can be some of the most edifying times even (if not especially) when there are disagreements. I also believe that the best setting for these types of things are over coffee and tea. I am a huge advocate for coffee shop hangouts. I was massively influenced by intimate and informal discipleship, so I hope to influence others in the same way. I am an avid FIFA player. I love sports, and movies as well. I often value experiences with people over hours of sleep, so if you are a night person, expect some good late night discussions and adventures. I am also a man in desperate need for the constant renewal of the Holy Spirit, and for Christian community to consistently push me to see my need for Jesus.

 

“Covenant’s hall life allows you to be involved in something that is bigger than yourself. You will never have an opportunity to live with 30 guys your age and share your life, struggles, and joys together. It’s a beautiful thing that reflects God’s work in our lives.”
 - Ben Hooper '17

“I love, love, love my hall! I met these girls my first week of school and each of them have had a continuing impact on my life in various ways throughout this year. My particular hall this year had a really cool range of ages and majors... This group of girls (most of them returners to the hall) have welcomed me in since day one and have made me feel so loved and included.”
 - Brittany Stout '18
Student Growth through Residence Life | Jonathan Ingraham '07
Jonathan remembers his experience as a student in Maclellan Hall and reflects on the importance of residence life for Covenant