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

SHEIL: Meg O’Brien (Hall Peer Team Leader) & Tyler Avenatti

FOUNDERS: Lanie Patterson & Archie Dela Cruz

SOUTH: Meg Galuska

DLS SOUTH: Alexandra Martinez

Elevate: Jess Stice

Student-Athlete Bible Study: Matthew Beaulieu

Groups Investigating God: Alex Kohut

Women’s Ministry: Hannah Yep & Grace Sueflohn

Men’s Ministry: Peter Carlson & Alec Danko

Hall Peer Ministers


Peer Ministry

Hello there! My name is Megan O’Brien, and I am the peer minister in Sheil Hall! I am a junior majoring in Early Childhood Education to teach kindergarten. This is my second year working as a peer minister, and I have loved every second of it! Besides school and ministry, I am also a member of the Lewis Swim Team, and when I have spare time, I love to destress by watching movies or T.V. shows. I am so excited to begin another school year working with residents as we navigate through the stresses and laughter of the year!

Peer Ministry

Hello!! My name is Tyler Avenatti, I am a peer minister in Sheil hall. I am a Business Administration major going into my sophomore year. Here at Lewis, I am a part of the ministry and also on the student advisory board for the college of business. I can't wait to work with the incoming freshmen to help them adjust and guide them in this community and their faith life through this year!


Peer Ministry

Hello! My name is Melanie Patterson, and I am a peer minister at Founders Hall. I am going to be a sophomore this year at Lewis, and I am studying Accounting with a minor in Finance. I am also a part of the swim team and accounting club here at Lewis. This is my first year as a peer minister, and I am so excited to serve the incoming freshmen and help them grow this year!

Peer Ministry

Kamusta! That’s how we say “hello” in the Philippines, call me Archie Mari majoring in Business Administration, and I am your peer minister at Founder's Hall. Cooking and books are my hobbies, but gaming is my go-to. Let me be your friend in your transition of life as an incoming freshman!


Peer Ministry

Hi there! My name is Meg Galuska, and I am the peer minister for South Hall. I am a junior nursing major, and I love music and the outdoors. I am so excited to be a ministry leader, and I look forward to forming relationships with all of my residents!


Peer Ministry

Hello! My name is Alexandra Martinez and I am a hall peer in De La Salle- South. I'm currently a junior, with a Psychology and Professional Writing major. Here at Lewis I am on the Women's Track & Field team and am also involved in Student Athlete Bible Study. I grew up in Plainfield, so I'm familiar with the area and Lewis community! I cannot wait to get to know my fellow peers and residents this year!

Community Peer Ministers


Peer Ministry

Hey there! I’m Jessica Stice and I'm the peer minister for the upperclassmen/commuters and will lead Elevate - a coed Bible study. I'll be a junior this year studying Aviation and Aerospace Technology. Fun fact about me: I've visited 5 different countries! I'm super excited to start my first year as a peer minister and am looking forward to growing in community and relationships with everyone on campus!


Peer Ministry

Heyo, I'm Matthew Beaulieu, one of the leaders for Student-Athlete Bible Study. It's my third year at Lewis University studying Software Engineering and being a member of the Men's Soccer Team. I spend tons of time eating at the cafeteria so if you see me there don't be afraid to introduce yourself. Hopefully, I'll see you at a bible study soon!


Peer Ministry

My name is Alex Kohut, I am a community peer that will be running a group open to all students called Groups Investigating God (GIG's). I am in my sophomore year as a nursing major. I am super excited to work with everyone in the Lewis community who is on the faith journey and grow together!


Peer Ministry

My name is Hannah Yep and I am a peer minister residing in Cody Hall this year. I am currently in my junior year here at Lewis and I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. This is my second year as a peer minister and this year I am helping to lead the new Women’s Ministry! 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 other women grow in faith and community!

Peer Ministry

Hi! My name is Grace Sueflohn and I will be co-leading the EmpowHER Women’s Ministry group this year. As an incoming sophomore, this will be my first year as a peer minister and I couldn't be more excited! I am currently undecided but am considering Public Relations, Sports Management, or Marketing as my major. I am also a member of the tennis team here at Lewis. I can't wait to be back on campus with everyone!


Peer Ministry

My name is Alec Danko and I live in Dorothy Day hall. I am a biology major going into my Junior year and am also on the Lewis University swim team. I will be co-leading the men's group this year with Peter! We are excited to guide them in community and faith through the peer ministry program!

Peer Ministry

Hi, my name is Peter Carlson, and I'm one of the community peers you'll see around this year. This is my third year at Lewis, and I'm studying business administration. I am a part of the men's lacrosse team and other extracurriculars as well. I am passionate about meeting new people and finding ways to enrich their college experience. My favorite part about Lewis is all the different people that I have gotten to know throughout my time here. If you see me, feel free to introduce yourself! I cannot wait to have fun with you all this year!