Peer Ministry

"Peer Ministry has not only allowed me to grow in my faith life but help others as well. Since starting in ministry, my faith life has grown a lot and I am a lot closer with God and happier with my faith life. Peer Ministry is not only a group of people who have a common goal, it is truly a family!"
- Nicole Reidy

As a Peer Minister, you will help foster the spiritual, emotional and social growth of resident students - meeting them where they are and inviting them to take steps of faith, including:

  • Helping residents grow as persons and as part of a community
  • Providing regular social events, service opportunities, and faith-sharing groups, or COGs (Community Outreach Groups), each semester to nurture community within a respective residence hall
  • Providing personal assistance to those in academic, emotional and spiritual need

Contact: Jennifer Rutherford

Peer Ministers

Peer Ministry

Hello! My name is Megan O’Brien, and I am the peer minister in De La Salle South Hall. I am a sophomore, making this my first year as a peer minister, but I am so excited to begin! I am majoring in Early Childhood Education, as well as a member of the Lewis University swim team. I cannot wait to meet the incoming freshman and help them grow spiritually and individually throughout this crazy year! 

Peer Ministry

Hey! My name is Hannah Yep and I am a peer minister at Sheil Hall. I am currently in my sophomore year here at Lewis and I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. This is my first year as a peer minister and I am so excited to meet all of my residents! Some of my hobbies include dancing to de-stress (even if I’m not a professional dancer) and taking walks outside. I love ministry and can’t wait to help others grow in faith and community! 



Peer Ministry

Hi! I am Kaitlyn Palmer and I am a peer minister in Founder’s Hall. I am a sophomore majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. I grew up in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Glendale High School. Here at Lewis I am on the women’s swim team and am thrilled to be starting out my first year as a peer minister! Being involved with ministry played such an amazing role in my freshman year experience and I can’t wait to work with all the incoming freshman this year. This year I’m am very excited to help my Founder’s residents grow spiritually and develop community within their hall and around the Lewis campus.

Peer Ministry

My name is Alec Danko, I am a peer minister in Sheil hall. I am a biology major going into my sophomore year and am also on the Lewis University swim team. I’m looking forward to helping the incoming freshman adjust to college life and guide them in community and faith through the peer ministry program!



Peer Ministry

Hi! My name is Loralei Summers and I am the peer minister for the commuters. I am a junior biology major with a minor in biochemistry. I have lived in Joliet all my life and am a current resident in North hall. I am involved in music ministry, biology research, and catholic relief services on campus. I have a passion for social justice and to serve others. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!

Peer Ministry

Hello! My name is Emmanuel Ugwu and I am a peer minister in Founders Hall. I am a sophomore majoring in biology. I’m an International student from Nigeria. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing and listening to music. I’m excited to work with the freshmen this year, growing in faith with them and getting involved in ministry.



Peer Ministry

My name is Allison Steinke and I am the peer minister for all the upperclassmen and lead Elevate - a coed bible study. This is my third year at Lewis and I am a senior Aviation Flight Management major. On campus I am involved in Women in Aviation and many other clubs. I look forward to this new year of building community on campus and growing in faith alongside my peers! 

Peer Ministry

My name is Marie Grzybek, and I am the peer minister in South Hall! I am currently in my junior year at Lewis studying business with a major in finance and a minor in economics. I am also on the women’s swim team here, and in my second year of being a peer minister. This year I am very happy to be returning to working with the freshman again, to make this year as best as it can be.