Gerig Hall

Originally named South Hall and given its current name in 1986, Gerig is a four-story hall for about 100 students. Gerig adjoins Taylor’s newest residence hall, Breuninger Hall. Constructed in 1971 as a women’s residence hall, the now co-ed hall remains two-thirds female. The first floor features a lounge and office area, the women are housed on the second and third floors, and men on the fourth floor. Gerig’s small and close-knit community is enhanced by the hall’s open suite layout, with five living areas on each floor that are surrounded by three to four rooms.

The unique design of the hall results in a large, winding, central stairwell. The students have found this to be a great location for all hall worship—students enjoy being able to see one another, and the stairwell blends and magnifies students’ voices in a special acoustic experience. Because of Gerig’s family-style atmosphere, family-dinner type events are common. They include Chai Chats, where students enjoy authentic Kenyan Chai and conversation. A group of Gerig students also meet weekly for dinner discussion in the “Socrates Café.” The rule of the Café is it’s a discussion, not a debate, so it has become a free place to question, analyze, and express ideas.

Gerig Hall

Gerig Hall

Namesake: Les Gerig

Dr. Lester C. GerigFort Wayne community leader Dr. Lester C. Gerig ’69 was president of his city’s Mutual Security Life Insurance Company and a longtime Taylor trustee, serving as a board member from 1955-1989 and as chairman from 1964-1981. Gerig was a servant leader in his church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and church elder. In 1973, he received the Religious Heritage Award, and in 1975 the National Association of Evangelicals named him Layman of the Year.

Like many Taylor trustees, Gerig was generous in offering his time, abilities and resources to the University’s service—for example, his organizational skills as a board member were highly valued, and he was well-known for his frequent presence on campus. Gerig and his wife, Mildred, were members of the Council of 100, and the couple established a Taylor scholarship that continues to impact students today. Gerig was deeply involved in the life of Taylor and its students, and his investment is an inspiring testament to the beauty and value of using leadership in service to others.

Meet the
Hall Director

Read about Abi Noble

Meet the Hall Director of
Breuninger & Gerig Halls

Abi Noble

Life is full of surprises. For me, that includes the unanticipated blessing of returning to my alma mater and my residence hall of 3 years to serve in a position I love. After spending our post-college years in the Boston area for graduate school and work, my husband, John, and I didn’t expect to return to Indiana. We are excited to serve at Taylor and live with the most amazing bunch of students on the planet.

I started my career in Student Development in graduate school, when I took a part-time RD position at Gordon College. I absolutely loved living with my students. That position morphed into a full-time, long-term job when we stayed in Massachusetts for further school opportunities for John. We had all three of our sweet children while living at Gordon, and they have spent almost their entire lives in residence hall contexts. They’re quite the social bunch and are enthusiastic about campus and hall events, as well as time with students. Grace, age 9, is an avid reader and conversationalist. Henry and Eliot, 6 and 3, are into Legos, weaponry and all manner of adventures.

We have a fantastic opportunity living in community at Taylor in Gerig and Breuninger. There will be many surprises along the way—connecting with someone unexpected, late night trips for coffee and/or doughnuts, intramural sport talents you didn’t know you had, performances in Airband, and conversations over dinner or walking back from class that may impact you forever. And best of all, the God for whom nothing is a surprise, walking alongside and revealing more of his character, goodness and love.

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Read about Seth Oldham

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
Breuninger & Gerig Halls

Seth Oldham

Hi, my name is Seth Oldham and it is my privilege to be the Graduate Assistant Hall Director for Gerig Hall and Breuninger Hall. I am a 2013 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where I graduated with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Political Science.

During my time at Baylor, I had the wonderful opportunity to live in Brooks Residential College. Brooks College provided a unique living-learning environment where I was molded and formed each and every day by interactions with my peers and professors. This amazing community challenged me to be a better person, to discover what I believe about the world around me, and to love others where they are.

Through my experience at Brooks College and at Baylor, I was able to see the impact student affairs professionals can have on the lives of students. College students are emerging adults trying to find their way through the tunnel that brings them out of adolescence and into adulthood. This can be a trying endeavor full of wrong turns, mistakes, tough questions, and hard decisions. It is so rewarding to talk through some of these questions and decisions with students. I find it invigorating to listen to students' concerns, and I greatly enjoy experiencing day-to-day life with students.

Gerig Hall is rich with tradition. Residents in Gerig experience life together through singing in the stairwell, spending time together in the lobby, eating together in the Dining Commons, and discovering God together through various small groups and worship services. Breuninger Hall is brand new. This beautiful new hall is filled with 150 new residents who are thrilled with the great opportunity to start a new community on the Taylor campus. It is my honor to work alongside these wonderful students in both halls to help build two great, authentic Christian communities.