It’s much more than a cluster of buildings.
Residence life at Taylor is more than that. Halls are intentionally integrated, so underclassmen are living with and learning from upperclassmen and vice versa. In living together, students are exposed to a variety of people and opinions, as well as a host of shared experiences.
The goal is to create an environment that encourages personal and spiritual growth and fosters the basic values of Christian community, such as consideration for others, integrity and self-discipline. Residence Hall staff work to facilitate this growth in partnership with Men's and Women's Programming.
Jon Cavanagh, Wolgemuth Hall Director
Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off-Campus Community
I have had the privilege of serving others in a number of capacities since graduating from Taylor in 1998 with a BA in Christian Education. I have been a Hall Director at Northwestern College (IA), Asbury University before returning to Ohio as the Associate Pastor of my home church, Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green. While we were in Ohio I also completed the bulk of my degree requirements towards an MDiv from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, OH. I took the job as Hall Director in Wengatz and we moved to Upland in the summer of 2007. I graduated from WTS in 2008 and shortly thereafter completed the requirements for ordination in the Congregational Church (N.A.C.C.C.) In the summer of 2011 I transitioned into my current position working with the students in the University Apartments (Campbell, Fairlane and Wolgemuth) as well as the students in Off-Campus housing. As part of my responsibilities I also supervise the Graduate Assistants that provide leadership for Men’s and Women’s Programming and teach Senior Seminar Class sections each semester.
The truth is I am called to disciple others. I have the opportunity to do that here, in beautiful Upland, Indiana. It may surprise you, but I say that with a straight face. See, I get a front row seat to participate in the lives of some of the most amazing gifts of God. They come from all over the world here to Taylor. They have endless energy and enthusiasm and even at a young age, their life experiences are inspiring. I get to be here to help the rhythm of the Christian life become more earnest. I get to see the fear melt and the courage rise. I sit and listen and pray and share with hundreds of college students each year. I have the privilege of being trusted by hundreds of parents and families to love and lead their children into a closer and more genuine faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that they might love and lead others as they leave. This place is beautiful.
I married my wife Kara in June of 2002 and our daughter Phoebe was born in June of 2009. I am so thankful for their presence in my life and so thankful for those moments when God allows me to see how miraculous it is that he has brought us together as a family and is continually working on our behalf to help us love and serve one another. I am also grateful for our perpetual, yet gracious audience of 18-22 year old experts that get to watch me stumble through the daily ebb and flow of being a husband and a father. If you want to watch too, please feel free to follow me on Twitter (jon_cavanagh) or on Instagram (jncavanagh).
Email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org.