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.

 

 


 

Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Resident Assistant, Jubilee

 

Major

Economics

 

Hometown

Birmingham, AL

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Old Testament with Dr. Jones, because he is a phenomenal teacher who cares deeply for his students.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

The residents on Jubilee can expect to find an environment that cultivates lasting relationships within community. Jubilee is a fun and energetic place that welcomes everyone.

 


 

Brad Assaraf
Brad Assaraf
Resident Assistant, Catacombs

 

Major

English
 

Hometown

Blaine, MN
 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Introduction to Old Testament with Dr. Scott Jones. Introducing you to Ancient Near Eastern culture, Dr. Jones builds historical context around the Old Testament. You will see how deeply ingrained modernity is within our culture's interpretation of the Bible, and Dr. Jones helps you discern the strengths and shortcomings of that bias.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

The Catacombians strive to embody the three pillars of our hall: beauty, chaos, and truth. We do this through thoughtful conversation, enjoyment and production of art (there are many great visual artists, musicians, and literary nerds on the Combs), and crafty humor. New residents can expect late-night Cookout runs, speculative conversations about the new heavens & new earth, tasteful music, and absurdist skits and performance art. Ultimately, new residents will join a conversation in which we are asking: How does everything little thing in our lives align with the kingdom of God?

 


 

Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman
Resident Assistant, 1st Belz

 

Major

Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business, Community Development, and Coaching

 

Hometown

Fenton, MI

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Community Development 300, I really liked this class because Dr. Steve Corbett is an amazing professor, and the class opened my understanding of the world and how little I actually understood. I recommend everyone to take that class.

What the residents on my hall can expect

To have an amazing time with a bunch of loud crazy guys. 

 


 

Tara Thompson
Tara Thompson
Resident Assistant, Jungle

 

Major

Biology

 

Hometown

Morganton, NC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Craigo.  I love learning the way the human body works and because Dr. Craigo is a practicing doctor he gave a very practical perspective.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

To feel that I love and care for them and want the hall to be a place were they are challenged and encouraged in their faith. 

 


 

Kristin Hudson
Kristin Hudson
Resident Assistant, Highlands

 

Major

Biology

 

Hometown

Winchester, MA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Doctrine with Dr. Madueme because he was so passionate about what he taught which challenged and deepened my faith.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A year full of fun and fellowship!  Highlands is a hall full of positive energy, and a place where people can be completely comfortable being who they are.

 


 

Tim Wu
Tim Wu
Resident Assistant, Brethren

 

Major

Pre-Engineering

 

Hometown

Guangzhou, China

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Calculus I. The class was surprisingly Christ-centered. I learned that equations discovered by man reflects God's rationality, that God is the one who holds the laws together. Not only did I leave the class with more mathematical knowledge, but I also gained more insights about God.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

My hall mates can expect honest leadership, active engagement in a Christ-centered community that is always seeking to grow in humility.

 


 

Julianne Grimley
Julianne Grimley
Resident Assistant, Balcony

 

Major/Minors

Business

 

Hometown

Spring, TX

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

U.S. History to 1877 was my favorite class, because I really enjoyed learning more about America's history.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Fun and Friendship!!

 


 

Caleb MacDonald
Caleb MacDonald
Resident Assistant, Blackwatch

 

Major

Philosophy

 

Hometown

Wausau, WI

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

20th Century Continental Philosophy with Dr. Davis. We explore some really interesting responses to modern philosophy that are fascinating, and offer a unique critique of western philosophy.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A hall that is pursuing Christ together while also making some great and unique memories!

 


 

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 class introduced me to the things that I now love about history: primary sources, cultural connections over time, and the mechanics of organizing your thoughts and research into a cohesive paper. Also, Dr. Follett is an amazing man and teacher, so any class with him is bound to be good!

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

My prayer is that Gracewell will be a safe place to return to after running through days of class, work, and extra curriculars: a fun, supportive, thoughtful community of girls through highs and lows. And a place with a lot of tea and coffee! 

 


 

Russell Paul Turner
Resident Assistant, Ekklesia

 

Majors

Biblical & Theological Studies

 

Hometown

Conyers, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Current Issues in Biblical Studies. Why you ask? Dr. Jones. 

“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