Peer Ministry

"Peer Ministry has not only allowed me to grow in my faith life but help others as well. Since starting in ministry, my faith life has grown a lot and I am a lot closer with God and happier with my faith life. Peer Ministry is not only a group of people who have a common goal, it is truly a family!"
- Nicole Reidy

As a Peer Minister, you will help foster the spiritual, emotional and social growth of resident students - meeting them where they are and inviting them to take steps of faith, including:

  • Helping residents grow as persons and as part of a community
  • Providing regular social events, service opportunities, and faith-sharing groups each semester to nurture community within a respective residence hall
  • Providing personal assistance to those in academic, emotional and spiritual need
  • Having an active association with the faith community at Lewis - participating in the Sunday evening liturgy in Sancta Alberta

In recognition of their service, Peer Ministers will receive 1 credit hour of workshop credit, and a significant stipend each semester.

Contact: Jennifer Rutherford

Peer Ministers

Peer Ministry

Hi! My name is Emily Pickett and I am the peer minister in South Hall! I am a senior majoring in political science and psychology with a minor in peace studies. I grew up in a suburb of Phoenix called Surprise, Arizona. Aside from being a peer minister, I am a team captain of the women's swim team, a member of the interfaith committee on campus, a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a Psi Chi and Theta Alpha Kappa member, and a swim coach for the Lemont Dolphins. I am going on my third year as a peer minister at Lewis and I am very excited to finish out my last year in South Hall. I love the connections and relationships built through peer ministry and I am excited to see what the 2019-2020 school year has in store!

Peer Ministry

Hello! I am Caitlin Shanahan, one of your Sheil Hall Peer Ministers. I am a junior and a biology and Spanish major with a passion for sustainability. I am a member of the Lewis Women’s Soccer Team and a co-leader of Student Athlete Bible Study. I am also involved in the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation scholarship program, and founder of the Peer 2 Peer Language Exchange program. I’m from Orland Park, Illinois and a graduate of Providence Catholic High School. This year, I am most excited to see how God works through each of the Sheil Hall residents and for helping them build their relationships both spiritually and socially.



Peer Ministry

Hi! I’m Jesse Drake, your commuter peer minister! I am a senior majoring in English with minors in political science and peace studies. I am from Goshen, Indiana and live in St. Charles South. I am also a cofounder of the interfaith youth core on campus, a member of the Lasallian Justice Coalition and Sigma Tau Delta, and a team captain on the Lewis men’s swim team. I have a passion for social justice and service that is guided by my faith. My position with ministry is a new one, so I’m excited to grow into this role and make the most of it!

Peer Ministry

My name is Shelby Gertson and I am the Peer Minister in De La Salle South! This is currently my second year as a peer minister at Lewis. I am a junior, a biology major, and a member of the Lewis University women's swim team, along with being involved in many clubs on campus. I am incredibly excited to work with the freshmen this year to grow in their faith along with their peers.



Peer Ministry

My name is Marie Grzybek, and I am a peer minister in Founders Hall! I am currently in my sophomore year at Lewis with a major in finance. I am also on the women’s swim team here, and starting out my first year as a peer minister! I am very excited to work with all the freshman this year and help them grow in their faith, along with promoting growth in the community through ministry.

Peer Ministry

Hello flyers! My name is Allison Steinke and I am a sophomore aviation flight management major. I live in Dorothy Day, but I serve as the upperclassmen peer minister for all upperclassmen Lewis students. I co-lead a community group/bible study called Elevate. I lead the women’s group and my co-leader leads the men’s group. Contact me if you are interested in joining Elevate or if you just want to meet up!



Peer Ministry

Hi, my name is Ricky Flogel. I am a junior aviation flight management major with minors in Spanish language and culture and aircraft dispatch. I am very excited to be a peer for the second time. In my free time I like to be outdoors, such as playing frisbee or going golfing. I also like to play pool. I am super passionate about flying and dream of being a commercial pilot one day!

Peer Ministry

My name is Jan O’Hara and I am a senior at Lewis studying computer science with minors in mathematics and information systems. This will be my second year of peer ministry and second year back in Sheil Hall. In addition to peer ministry, I have previously lead a variety of different retreats and service opportunities at Lewis, such as Koinonia, Catalyst, and LUMINATE. I love ministry and all the people I have met through it. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching sports, and working out.