English Hall

Built in 1975, English Hall houses 230 women in rooms arranged in suites of three to four rooms connected to a common living area. Each suite is shared by six to ten women.

Once a month, the women of English gather in the lobby for “English Breakfast Tea” on Saturday mornings. Scones, tea, and coffee are provided while you listen to a special guest share about herself and a theme the hall director has chosen for the year.

Residents participate in events such as the Broomball pick-a-date, bake-off events, and Secret Turkey Week (similar to Secret Santa but for Thanksgiving). English Hall's newest tradition is Tower Games, a weeklong competition between the wings with contests ranging from trivia to archery. English is also known for its elaborate open house events, especially at Christmas.

English Hall

English Hall

Namesake: Mary Tower English

Mary Tower EnglishMary Tower English was the wife of Dr. Calvin English, a Fort Wayne physician and 1884 graduate of the Fort Wayne College of Medicine, which was part of Taylor University from 1890-1893. English was a generous supporter of and donor to her husband’s alma mater and was a matriarch to one of Taylor’s most faithful philanthropic families. Today the English-Bonter-Mitchell family continues her legacy of generosity to Taylor, particularly through the support of campus building projects and scholarships.

Meet the
Hall Director

Read about Sara James

Meet the Hall Director of
English Hall

Sara James

When I explain my role as English Hall Director to my children, I tell them, “Mommy’s job is to love the women in English and to teach them to love others.” It may sound juvenile, but it helps them to understand the main purpose of my being here, which is to let love be the goal. When love is at the center, harmony and fellowship follow.

As the Director of English Hall, I want the women to feel encouraged and loved as well as challenged. In my years as an undergrad living in a residence hall at Taylor, I grew spiritually, personally, and relationally. My goal is to make English Hall a place that encourages that sort of growth for the women as well. I hope they can take what they learn in the classroom and amplify it here in English.

After I graduated from Taylor in 2002, I served as a resident director at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA). My husband, Ryan, and I were married in 2003 and we’ve been blessed with two outgoing and humorous children, our son Oliver and daughter Julian. We returned to Upland so I could get my masters in Higher Education and Student Development.

I’ve had many fun experiences with the women of English. I’ve enjoyed witnessing and hearing stories about the traditions here like Christmas open house, the third floor broomball pick-a-date, and the Second South bake off against their brother wing. It’s a fun place to live!

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Read about Celeste Harris

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
English Hall

Celeste Harris

If I learned anything during my time at Taylor, it’s that college is such a pivotal and crucial time in life that shapes the person you become.

From the moment I arrived at Taylor University in 2010, I knew that God had given me a heart for ministry. For the vast majority of my time at Taylor, however, I had no idea what kind of ministry. It was finally during my senior year, as I reflected on how redemptive and formative my years in college had been, that I realized that the ministry was working with college students. College is the time when people realize who they are and who God created them to be, what they love, what they hate, what they’re most passionate about. That time in a person’s life is unbelievably exciting, and I quickly realized that I wanted to be part of that, I wanted to deeply invest in and speak into the lives of students at one of their most important stages.

I graduated from Taylor in the spring of 2014, and came back the following fall to earn my Masters of Higher Education and Student Development. As the assistant hall director of English, I love interacting with, loving on, encouraging and challenging the women in the hall to be who God created them to be. I am so excited for the opportunity to serve in the hall I lived in as a student at Taylor, and so excited for what the women of English will learn during their college years.