Christian Union Staff

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Headquarters Staff

Matt Bennett Matt Bennett is founder and president of the Christian Union. He grew up in Houston, Texas and earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University. After working for Campus Crusade for Christ at Princeton University for 12 years and developing the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League, he resigned to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for a Masters of Divinity. In 2002 he founded the Christian Union with the mission to change the world by developing Christian leaders and networking them together to make an impact for Christ in the larger culture. The principle strategies include focusing efforts on working professionals as well as students at eight of the country’s most influential, yet secular colleges in the nation including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.
Dan Knapke Dan Knapke, Jr. is Chief Operating Officer. Dan joined Christian Union in 2005 and served for seven years as the ministry director at Princeton before assuming his new role. Dan earned a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. He joined Campus Crusade for Christ and served at S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook on Long Island, New York, then at Princeton for six years. From 1995-97, Dan also served in Bulgaria, where he started a Campus Crusade ministry at Plovdiv University. In 1998, he entered corporate management, overseeing Hershey Foods Corporation’s $1.5 billion instant consumables business. He is married to Laurie.
Lorri Bentch Lorri Bentch, Princeton '91 is Vice President of Operations. She joined Christian Union in 2007 and served as a ministry fellow for five years prior to her new role. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. She served in missions in Mexico and Russia, then in 1994 she and her husband moved to Hungary to launch a new ministry among fine-arts professionals in Eastern Europe. She earned a Masters of Law in Constitutional Law from Central European University and helped plant a church. Lorri and her husband, Tim, have three daughters.
  Elizabeth Bloodworth joined Christian Union in 2011 as the Events Manager. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in History. Elizabeth was previously on staff with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) where she worked with independent school students in a variety of capacities including mentoring and teaching as well as planning a wide range of camps, conferences, and events. Even though she was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and still drinks sweet tea, she now calls New York City home.
 Dave Johnson David Johnson joined Christian Union in 2008 and serves as the IT Administrator.  He grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a degree in Marketing.  Upon graduation David served with Campus Crusade for Christ for four years, working in their fundraising development office in the major donor area and finally as the Director of Development Services.  Subsequently, David earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Eastern University.  He has worked in the technology sector for EDS in quality assurance and as a marketing manager for Covad Communications.  David and his wife Jennifer live in the Philadelphia area with their three elementary school age sons.
 

Linnette Pilar Executive Assistant to the President and New York City Office Manager — Linnette grew up in the Bronx and earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from New York University. During her freshman year, she gave her heart to Jesus Christ under NYU’s All University Gospel Choir – and her senior year, she became the choir’s director. Linnette worked for seven years with The Jewish Guild for the Blind (now Jewish Guild Healthcare). Linnette is an active member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle: a former member of its 275-voice choir; leading worship for the young adults’ ministry; performing in the drama company; and assisting in its food distribution ministry. During her spare time, Linnette hosts and facilitates women’s bible studies, tutors, and adventures with friends.

 

Pam Traeger came to work at Christian Union in March 2006, and is responsible for administering the Christian Union Partnership Grant Program.  Born and raised in England, Pam moved to the United States with her young family in 1973.  She has a varied professional background. When not working at Christian Union, she can be found either creating lampshades for 'luxury custom lampshades,' a business she founded and has successfully run for over 18 years, or working in her garden. She
has three grown children and five grandchildren.

  Helene Ulrich serves as the Office Manager for Christian Union. She grew up in Edison, New Jersey. She taught high school for ten years and then went to work for A.T.&T. in a variety of capacities, including Programmer, Systems Analyst, Project Manager, and Quality Manager. After twenty years in the telecommunications industry, she joined Christian Union in June 2003. She has 2 daughters, Elaina and Anne.


City Christian Unions Staff

Carol Fausnaught Bio3 Carol Fausnaught serves as the Vice President of City Christian Unions. She grew up in Indiana, attended Princeton University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History in 1994. Carol worked as an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) at Princeton University from 1994-1996 under Matt Bennett.  From 1996 - 2006 Carol worked for the business consulting divisions of PriceWaterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM.  Carol left IBM in the fall of 2006 to join Christian Union.  Carol lives with her husband, Todd (Princeton '94), and their three children in Williamsport, PA.
  Sarah Camp joined Christian Union in 2011 as the Marketing and Communications Director. She graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Sarah was previously Director of Annual Giving at Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college. After eight years, she left her position to care for two small but active boys, while also freelance writing for non-profits and businesses. Married for 10 years, she and her husband are active in their church: Sarah co-leading women’s bible studies, together hosting and co-leading weekly home groups, and serving in children’s and youth ministries. Sarah works out of Santa Barbara, California.
Todd Hall In his role as Director of Annual Giving, Todd Hall maximizes giving and participation rates and stewards annual donors in support of Christian Union’s financial goals. Prior to joining Christian Union in 2011, Todd served in major donor development, planned giving, management, and leadership roles at Back to the Bible, Walk Thru the Bible, and In Touch Foundation. His top five strengths are Strategic, Learner, Relator, Context, and Futuristic. Todd is a frequent speaker and teacher in his local church and community. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (BBA) and the University of Richmond (J.D.). Todd resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Priscilla and their two children.
  Patty Scheibeler provides crucial administrative support to the Christian Union team. She graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in a variety of secretarial and managerial jobs while fulfilling her primary responsibility of raising her three children.  Patty, her husband Eric, and their children Adam, Rachel, and Hannah live in Williamsport, PA.
 Kimberly Schoelen Bio Kimberly Ho Schoelen serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. She grew up in Oklahoma and in 1981 received a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Princeton University where she remains active in alumni leadership. In the 25 years following graduation, Kimberly pursued a career focusing on marketing programs, communications and events. She worked for organizations in industries ranging from Fortune 100 manufacturing and professional services, to fast-growing venture-backed software development. In 2001, after the birth of her son, Kimberly renewed her faith in Christ. She teaches elementary-age children at her Metropolitan-DC area church. Kimberly and her husband Larry are parents of two children; one who is a 2009 college graduate and one in elementary school.
  Jay Shukla serves as Director Public Affairs for New York and the North East. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, with a Bachelors Degree in History and thereafter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London, where he lived and worked for 10 years. After a successful career as a Partner in an international accounting practice, now merged with Deloitte & Co, Jay joined the British based Standard Chartered Group.  He lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, taking board appointments and global roles in stockbroking and human resource development, when he came to know the Lord.  Jay is married to Korean born Danialle. He has a son who graduated from Emerson College, Boston, a daughter at Columbia University, NY and a son at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He is passionate about the aims of Christian Union.
 Dustin Valerius Bio

Dustin Valerius serves as the Director of Public Affairs in Florida as well as the Central and Western regions of the U.S. He was raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 and Baylor University in 2000, with a B.S. in Political Science and a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration. Dustin is passionate about the nonprofit sector and began working for and studying the sector in college. His experience working on criminal justice research and fundraising at Prison Fellowship solidified his desire to help nonprofits as a career. After graduate school he moved to Washington D.C. to work as a policy analyst dealing with family, culture, and education issues. He spent six years as the Director of Development for a Christian retreat center in Central Texas before moving to Dallas with his wife Erin and two daughters Brynn and Alex Rae.

 

Chris Wright serves as Database and Administrative Support for City Christian Unions.  She grew up in Oklahoma and attended Purdue University from 1985 to 1990, where she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Management.  Chris joined Procter & Gamble in 1990 and worked for twelve years as an IT professional.  In 2002 she left Procter & Gamble to stay at home with her children; she joined Christian Union in March of 2007.   Chris lives with her husband, Mike, and her two daughters in Williamsport, PA.

 
Columbia University Ministry Staff

  Jim Black serves as the Ministry Director at Columbia University. He is originally from Indiana and earned his B.A. in Communications and Biblical Studies from Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1994. After graduation, Jim served as a youth pastor, chaplain, and high school basketball coach at a church and school in the Houston, Texas area. Following that, he worked in residence life at Wheaton and received an M.A. in Evangelism and Biblical Theology. Sensing a call to pastoral ministry, Jim completed a M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 2002. Upon finishing those studies, Jim served as the Senior Pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Baytown, Texas, for nine years. Two long-term dreams coalesced in his role with Christian Union as Jim had long felt called both to minister to college students and to serve in the City of New York. He, his wife Laurie, and their three children are honored to engage in this exciting endeavor.
Jesse Peterson  Jesse Peterson serves as Ministry Fellow at Columbia University.  Jesse grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where he studied Music (Percussion / Composition) as well as Classical Hebrew.  Upon sensing a call toward ministry, he then attended The Bethlehem Institute in Minneapolis for two years and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Boston area. He did college ministry in New York City at Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village (Village Vespers) and New York University for two years before joining Christian Union in 2011.

 
Cornell University Ministry Staff

  Jim Thomforde is Director of Undergraduate Ministry at Cornell. Jim attended Trinity College. After playing for a New York Yankees’ minor league team, he worked in finance for Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup. Jim earned a Masters of Theology and a Masters in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is studying toward a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Edinburgh. Jim and his wife, Liz, have two children, JT and Ella. Jim is thrilled to see God transforming Cornell through the transforming power of the Gospel.
  Asha Garretson serves as a Ministry Fellow at Cornell. Asha is a graduate of Covenant College with degrees in Community Development and Philosophy & Religion. She has worked with Mission to the World in Belgium and Mercy Teams International in Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore. Her varied experiences also include: researching micro-savings groups in the Philippines; teaching English in Korea; racial reconciliation initiatives in Israel; and community development consulting and alumni relations in the US. For Asha downtime is outdoors (skydiving, anyone?) and travel. She loves contributing her ability as a flutist to worship.

 
Dartmouth College Ministry Staff

  Kevin Collins serves as the Ministry Director at Dartmouth College. He earned a B.A. from Harvard University in English and American Literature and competed in varsity basketball and football. While teaching and coaching in Spain, he became a follower of Christ. Kevin’s desire to help others understand and develop their God-given strengths and talents has been the focus of his career. In addition to his education experience as a teacher and administrator at the high school and college level, he has 15 years of experience in international leadership and management development with multi-national corporations, non-profit organizations and start-ups including NIKE, City of Hope National Cancer Center and Platform Q. In his free time, Kevin enjoys creating crazy adventures for his wife and three kids in the jungles of Costa Rica, the waters off the coast of Spain or the woods of New Hampshire.
  Caroline Albanese serves as Women’s Ministry Fellow at Dartmouth College. The Lord got a hold of Caroline’s heart when she was 15 years old, and she has been passionate to follow Him and share Christ ever since. She originally hails from Georgia but attended Moody Bible Institute where she graduated with high honors with a Bible and Women’s Ministry degree. She loved the winters in Chicago so much that she decided to stay there and take an M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School! As a Kern scholar, she was awarded a National EFCA women’s ministry award. Whether she was working with women at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, IL, or exercising leadership and ministry to women and girls at Moody and Teen Mania Ministries, Caroline has demonstrated a heart for and an effectiveness in ministering to women. She is both humbled and excited to reach out to the undergraduate girls at Dartmouth. Caroline and her husband Zach live near the Dartmouth campus.

Harvard College Ministry Staff

Don Weiss Don Weiss is the Ministry Director at Harvard. He grew up in Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa in 1984. Don served on staff for seven years with Campus Crusade for Christ: four years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and then three years as the Campus Director at Cornell. In 1993 Don moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and after completion was ordained at Park Street Church, Boston. From 1996-2000 Don ministered as a civilian chaplain at The U.S. Military Academy. Following West Point, he served as a pastor at College Church in Northampton, MA. Don lives with his wife, Sally Anne, and their two sons in Cambridge. They are thrilled to be serving with Christian Union in their favorite city.
 Nick Nowalk

Nick Nowalk serves as a Ministry Fellow at Harvard University.  Nick is from the NJ/NY area and became a Christian during his freshman year at High Point University through the influence of a student-led Campus Crusade group.  After graduating with a B.A. in English Writing and a minor in Religion/Philosophy, Nick moved to the Twin Cities and attended Bethel Seminary for three years, working towards his Master of Divinity degree while also serving as a youth pastor and as staff at Minnesota Teen Challenge.  He next spent two years as a pastoral apprentice at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis under John Piper in The Bethlehem Institute (TBI), and concurrently taught a number of theology and Bible classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Nick studied at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary prior to joining Christian Union in the summer of 2008.  In his free time Nick enjoys reading Jonathan Edwards and talking theology/philosophy, jogging, basketball, and spending time with his lovely wife, Kasey.

 Jane Kim Bio Jane Kim serves as a Ministry Fellow at Harvard University. She was hired by Christian Union in July 2010 to teach and mentor young women involved in Christian Union’s leadership development ministry at Harvard. Jane’s discipleship work with young adults is central to her faith, having served as college staff at Cornerstone Church of Boston to the Wellesley campus, and having led Boston University students to do missions work in Guatemala. On a weekly basis, she has provided Biblical mentorship to college women and young professional women. Jane graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She holds a Master of Arts, Mental Health and Marital and Family Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). While pursuing her Master’s degree, Jane was a Psychology Intern and Staff Therapist at a Massachusetts state hospital and mental health center. Jane enjoys visiting galleries, museums, and experiencing new sights and sounds with her brilliant husband, Tim.


Princeton University Ministry Staff

 

Tim Adhikari serves as Director of Undergraduate Ministries at Princeton University. Tim earned a BA in Financial Economics from Rutgers University and spent eight years on Wall Street in various roles as a Vice President and Director in Merrill Lynch’s trading division. While earning an MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary, he served as the Pastor of Missional Communities at a church plant in New Jersey. Tim is married to his wife, Anne, and has two daughters, Hannah Joy and Bethany Hope.

  Angel Beeson serves as a ministry fellow at Princeton. She attended Northern Arizona University and earned a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Angel worked as a professional counselor. She is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and has two children, Camille and Soren. Angel seeks to walk alongside others as they seek holistic living and understand their fundamental identity in Jesus Christ.
  Mark Catlin serves as Teaching Fellow at Princeton. Mark attended Samford University and earned a Masters of Divinity and Masters in Biblical Languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He recently finished his coursework for a PhD in Old Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife Kim and has two young children, Samuel and Molly Elizabeth.
Chuck Hetzler Chuck Hetzler joined Christian Union in 2008 to serve as its first Teaching Fellow at Princeton.  Chuck earned his PhD in New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chuck also completed a ThM at SBTS and was employed as a part-time Instructor of New Testament Interpretation during his time there.  Chuck also holds degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Samford University (BS).  In addition to his academic training, Chuck has joyfully served churches in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky.  He hopes to bring both his passions for biblical scholarship and pastoral ministry to campus ministry at Princeton.  In his free time, Chuck most enjoys the company of his wife, Karen, who has also caught the vision of Christian Union, and their two young children.
Scott Jones Scott Jones began his role as a Ministry Fellow at Princeton University in August 2008. Scott joined Christian Union after completing both his Master of Divinity (magna cum laude) and Master of Theology (summa cum laude) degrees in four years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. While at Gordon-Conwell, Scott’s ministry experiences ranged from a full-time hospital chaplaincy program to a homeless outreach ministry in the heart of Boston. Scott received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  While at Cornell, an experience leading a Campus Crusade for Christ small group his senior year transformed his life. Scott is married to Sara, a social worker who has most recently done adolescent-focused family therapy. Scott and Sara, both native Long Islanders, are excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve with and minister to such an amazing group of people.
Laurie Knapke Bio Laurie Knapke serves as a full-time volunteer with Christian Union at Princeton.  Because of her father’s military career, Laurie grew up in many different places, including Germany, Kansas, and Virginia.  She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology, obtained a M.A.Ed. from Wake Forest University in Secondary Math Education, and taught high school math for two years.  She has served with Campus Crusade for Christ in eastern Asia and the Middle East.  Since 2005, when she and her husband, Dan, joined Christian Union, she has been leading Bible Courses for undergraduate women at Princeton, offering mentorship and discipleship, and providing hospitality to hundreds of grateful students.
Ali Smith Ali Smith serves as one of the women’s ministry fellows at Princeton. She is returning to her alma mater after graduating from Princeton with a degree in Religious Studies in 2006. While at Princeton, Ali played Varsity Basketball and was Captain for two years. After graduation, Ali spent four years in Asia as a TV broadcast journalist where she anchored daily news programs for two news networks in the Philippines and Singapore. While in Singapore, Ali published a book on dating, entitled Entrusting the Key: From Serial Dating to Joyful Waiting, which helped ignite her passion for speaking and ministering to young adults. Ali also runs a foundation that provides college scholarships for impoverished children in the Philippines, called NingNing Philippines Education Fund. Ali grew up in Montana with her parents and three sisters—one of them her twin. During her free time, Ali loves exploring the outdoors and is an avid runner. She has run two marathons so far.
Quincy Watkins Quincy Watkins serves as a Ministry Fellow with the undergraduate student ministry at Princeton University. He received a B.S. in Economics from Temple University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Organizational Development from The Wharton School. Quincy brings twelve years of senior-level management experience and 20 years of ministry experience. Quincy joined Christian Union in 2008 to make a strategic impact in the lives of Ivy League students. A native of Chicago, Quincy is happily married to Fay.

Yale University Ministry Staff

 Chris Matthews Bio 3 Chris Matthews serves as the Ministry Director at Yale University. He grew up in Arkansas, the son of a faithful pastor, and earned a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He spent ten years working in the field of aerospace and computer engineering primarily serving in management roles. While working in engineering, Chris remained active in local church ministry, regularly teaching the Scriptures and participating in missions overseas. In 2006, Chris left the engineering field to prepare for full-time ministry and study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity in Theology in 2010. Chris is blessed by God's gift of a precious wife, Micah, and three wonderful children.
  Lauren Ballard serves as a Ministry Fellow at Yale. Lauren earned a BS in Psychology at the University of Mobile, and two Master’s degrees, one in Theological Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. She is an experienced counselor and therapist, serving most recently at Redeemer Counseling Center in New York City, a ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. In addition to ministering to young women at Yale, Lauren is married to Andy.
 Chad Warren Bio Chad Warren serves as a Ministry Fellow at Yale University. Chad grew up in Montana and Colorado. He became a Christian during the summer of his junior year in high school through the influence of his youth pastor. He earned a B.S. in Philosophy from Oregon State University. He interned as a campus minister with Campus Crusade for Christ before serving with Worldview Academy as a Director and Faculty Member. Before joining Christian Union he served as Assistant Pastor at Winter Park Christian Church and as Headmaster and faculty member of Winter Park Christian School where he taught Theology, Apologetics, Formal Logic, Hermeneutics, and Greek for 4 years. He is working to complete a M.A. of Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. In his free time, Chad most enjoys time with his wife Shanon, son Truett, and daughter Jayne.

 
 Ivy League Christian Observer Staff

  Tom Campisi is Managing Editor of the Ivy League Christian Observer. A veteran of 20 years in the newspaper and publishing industry, Tom began writing as a “stringer” for the Trenton Times while attending The College of New Jersey. After graduation, he worked as the sports editor of the Hopewell Valley News and as a reporter and special section manager at the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper. In 1994, sensing the call of the Lord, Tom left the Star-Ledger and spent a year in the advertising department at Christian radio station WWDJ before becoming the publisher of the Tri-State Voice, a monthly Christian newspaper that covers Metro New York City.  In the spring of 2007, after writing two different articles concerning the spiritual history of Princeton University, Tom again sensed the Lord’s will, “expanded his tent pegs,” and joined Christian Union. Tom and his wife Christen reside in Oakland, NJ and are the proud parents of two children, Victoria and Matthew.
 

Eileen Scott serves as Senior Writer for the Ivy League Christian Observer.  Eileen graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburg, NY with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in media studies.  Before joining Christian Union in 2007 she was Communications Director for Truth Christian Media in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Eileen also has worked as a freelance writer and communications consultant, but considers being a mom to her two children to be her most significant work experience.  Since 2006 she has lived in Connecticut with her husband Aaron, her son A.J., and her daughter Anna Kate.