Josh CratonWengatz Hall Director
As an Upland native, I’ve come to appreciate many qualities about this town. Even though there are probably more cornfields than houses, its hub of culture is an ice cream shop, and its nightlife starts and ends with a walk to a gas station for a Polar Pop, Upland will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s been the home of my two families—the Craton family and my Taylor family.
I graduated from Taylor in 2013 with a degree in Music Education. Wengatz Hall was my home while at Taylor, which makes it extra special for me to serve the men who live here now. My four years living in the residence hall transformed my wing-mates not just into friends, but into brothers. My experience of Taylor's community as a student makes me excited to watch the men of Wengatz develop lifelong bonds that encourage, sharpen, and challenge them. After working as a church music director for a year after college, I returned to Taylor and received a Masters in Higher Education and Student Development in May 2016.
I love the outdoors, and I’m especially passionate about traveling and seeing God’s creation around the world. Throughout my time as an undergraduate at Taylor, I traveled to Ecuador, India, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. These adventures made me realize the importance of learning from those that are different from you and how necessary it is to chase after new experiences.
Every man living in Wengatz Hall is different, and we all offer different perspectives and experiences. My goal for Wengatz Hall is that it will become a home for the men living here and a place where we can learn from each other. I want us to strive for depth in our relationships and to become future leaders in our communities.