Wengatz Hall

Wengatz Hall, built in 1965, houses 300 men, making it one of Taylor’s largest residence halls, which allowed for an increase in enrollment. Wengatz follows a traditional residence hall layout with rooms lining both sides of a T-shaped corridor. Each of its three floors is divided into wings.

The residence hall has a tradition of unique and themed pick-a-dates, casual group dates, including Spring Fling, Canoeing, and Famous Couples pick-a-dates. Other hall and wing activities include the Wengatz Olympics each January, Wild West Week, Melon and Gourd, and more.

Wengatz Hall

Wengatz Hall

Namesake: John Wengatz

Dr. John C. WengatzAs a pioneer missionary to Africa for 42 years, Dr. John C. Wengatz, a 1909 Taylor graduate, dedicated his life to service through missions. Wengatz’s twenty years of work with his wife, Susan (Talbott, 1909 Taylor grad), in Angola and Liberia resulted in 36 churches, 44 schools, 12 parsonages, and the baptism of over 44,000 new believers. When Susan passed away in 1930, Wengatz remarried and in 1934, him and his second wife, Helen, began mission work in Liberia, the Congo, and Angola. Wengatz recognized the value in training indigenous church leaders, and sought to foster local leadership among the people he served. Wengatz led by example, keeping in frequent contact with his alma mater and encouraging other students to pursue mission work as he had. Wengatz joined the board of trustees in 1952, and later in life spoke often at Taylor, where his humble spirit and dedication to God won the respect and affection of the student body. 

Meet the
Hall Director

Read about Travis Yoder

Meet the Hall Director of
Wengatz Hall

Travis Yoder

When I tell people I am the hall director for an all-male dorm, most take a deep breath or have some negative quip to offer me about college-aged men. I take great pride in challenging those assumptions and perspectives.

College students are some of the most creative, inspiring, and hilarious people I’ve been around. As a hall director, I want to meet students where they are and offer a direction forward. There is a technical side to being a resident leader, but the more significant aspects of my role are working closely with the student leaders in the hall to develop their leadership skills as well as offering resident hall experiences that promote health, growth, and self-awareness.

I am an Indiana man, born and raised in Warsaw. I went to Taylor for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before working at Taylor, I worked in residence life at Eastern University in St. Davids, Penn. I promise you there is not a more funny demographic around. A college student's capacity for curiosity and contemplation is invigorating.

When I was a student at Taylor, I hold my hall director responsible for leading me to the worst decision of my life: to run a mini-marathon. I didn’t want to do it, but my hall director talked me into it. Now, I don’t look like I do much marathon running, and the situation wasn’t much better back then. I trained all winter. We ran the race in May. It was miserable. I was in so much pain during it and after it for days. Over the past ten years, people have told me I should feel a number of different positive things about this experience. I don’t. I count it as literally the worst decision I ever made in my life. If I think about it long enough, I will begin to feel sore all over again.

I will never ask any Wengatz men to run a marathon with me, but I do encourage them to participate in hall events, such as the Wengatz Olympics, and the second center random roadtrip. Every wing in Wengatz has its own traditions and they’re always fun to hear about. Like I said, this is the funniest demographic to be around. You’ll never run short of laughter in a hall like this.

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Read about Charles Allen

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
Wengatz Hall

Charles Allen

I rarely tell strangers that I come from Newberg wine country, because no one knows where that is. But when I tell them I am from the Portland area on the Northwestern coast of Oregon, everyone wants to know if life there is like the show “Portlandia.” Then I get to define what hipsters really are, talk about mountains and coffee culture, and explain to completely baffled students that, in Portland, wearing a beanie, dress shirt and Toms is completely normal.

In 2013, I graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, with honors, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. While I was an undergraduate, I worked four years with the graduate and undergraduate admissions offices and was a Resident Assistant for three years in a freshman hall, university apartments and university-owned houses. It was during those three years in Residence Life that I discovered the incredible potential that this part of higher education had to transform the lives of students—largely because it focused on learning outside of the classroom. Residence Life allowed me to engage with people in the daily grit of life and walk with others in their personal journeys, adventures and struggles. There is nothing better than the raw discovery that happens during young adulthood. It is the joy of traveling with others through that beautiful mess that drew me to Taylor University.

To me, one of the epitomes of human experience is the sharing of stories. My story is full of trees, road trips, the Three Sisters mountain wilderness, pillow talk, awkward dancing, chai coffees, guitars and beautiful relationships. The privilege of letting others into that story—as well as hearing where others have journeyed from—is what makes Residence Life as powerful as it is. College students are living more fully in their own stories every day as they dig into who they are, and it is a Resident Director’s greatest privilege to walk alongside and help shape that journey.