Spiritual Life Staff

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Campus Minister – Jonathan White

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Phone: 314-744-5314
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Education: B.A. from Belmont University in religion and communications, 1995; Master of Arts in Christian Education with a concentration in Collegiate Ministry from Southern Seminary, 2006
Bio: Jonathan White moved to St. Louis from Nashville, TN in 2006, to begin working as MBU’s campus minister. White is charged with molding students’ spiritual formation, overseeing Student Ministries Council and finding opportunities for students in local and foreign ministries and missions. White formerly served as the college pastor of The Church at Crosspoint in Murfreesboro, TN. While there, he founded Bonhoeffer’s Coffee Shop, a full coffee bar and ministry located adjacent to Middle Tennessee State University. He also helped and encouraged students to participate in mission trips in Thailand, Africa, Canada and Mexico. White has been married to his wife Melissa for 17 years. They have three children: Leah, Austin and Brady.

Hobbies: Spending time with family, drinking coffee, watching man movies with my son, traveling, and being bald.
Favorite Quote: “Life comes down to one thing: knowing Christ and making Him known.”— Charlie Hall
If you could trade places with anyone for day, who would it be? An Egyptian archeologist.
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student?
Die to yourself and follow Christ everyday.
What are your life goals? To be whole-hearted for Jesus, to love my wife and to be a daddy to my kids.
What is an original fact about you? I’ve visited Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania Romania.
What is your favorite blend of coffee? Straight up Latte from Cafe Nero and Christmas Blend from Starbucks.
What is your favorite place on campus? The Perk
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Allowing God to be Lord of my life and doing whatever Jesus has in store while holding a grande coffee.
Where do you like to spend time in St. Louis? The Hill, The Loop and The Valley
Favorite song on today’s Billboard charts? The Super Mario Brother’s theme song (It’s on the Billboard Ringtone Chart).

AMP Minister of Students for Spiritual Formation – Casey Peterson

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(Casey and his wife Brittany)

Hometown: Modesto, CA
College you graduated from: MBU
Hobbies: Volleyball, bow hunting, watching the NBA, and spending time with my beautiful wife :)
Favorite quotes: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” -Abraham Kuyper
Original something about yourself: I was in a movie with George Clooney, but they cut my scene.
If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be? No one. I love my life. But maybe Lebron James…
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student? If you go to McDonalds, order the value fries instead of the small fries. They are 19 cents cheaper and you get the same amount of fries. You’re welcome.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Tuesday night? Go to McDonalds and order value fries.
What is your favorite blend of coffee? Starbucks Casi Cielo

AMP Assistant Campus Minister for Community Engagement – Tony Jones

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(Tony and his wife Marlina)

Hometown: East Prairie
College you graduated from: Missouri Baptist University
Hobbies: Basketball, Playing Ninja, and Eating
Favorite quotes: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
Original something about yourself: My high school basketball jersey was retired.
If you could trade places with anyone for day who would it be? Astronaunt
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student? To seek first the Kingdom of God
What is your favorite thing to do on a Tuesday night? Kick off my shoes and relax my feet
What is your favorite blend of coffee? I’m not a coffee person but I like Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks.

AMP Women’s Ministry Director – Melissa White

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AMP Women’s Ministry Assistant – Kelly Barns

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Hometown: St. Clair, Missouri
College you graduated from: Hopefully MBU in 2 years
Hobbies: Running, getting hurt, crafting, traveling, falling, and reading books.
Favorite quotes: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
Original something about yourself: I am an Official Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.
If you could trade places with anyone for day who would it be? My Cat. Who wouldn’t want to just lie in the sun all day and then meow at people to get you food.
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student? Get involved. Don’t be that person that just sits in your dorm and do nothing. Get out there, make memories, take lead, and have fun.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Tuesday night? Watch my shows. I am a PLL fan, it’s sad.
What is your favorite blend of coffee? I prefer my coffee hot, chocolaty, and without coffee.

AMP Admin Assistant – Leah White

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Hometown:
Nashville, Tennessee
College you graduated from:
Missouri Baptist University, In 2015
Hobbies:
Playing guitar, making & drinking coffee, spending time with family & friends, traveling and reading.
Favorite quotes:
“Religion says do. Jesus says done. Religion says slave. Jesus says son.”
-Jeff Bethke, Jesus>Religion
“And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,” Romans 4:5
“Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending.” Francis Chan,
Original something about yourself:
90% of my childhood pets were named after food…I have a problem.
If you could trade places with anyone for day who would it be?
Juliet O’Hara in Psych. She’s an awesome detective that gets to hang out with Shawn and Gus!
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student?
Get into the Bible and get to know Jesus for who He really is, not how the world makes Him out to be.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Tuesday night?
Drink coffee, watch Psych re-runs, followed by a midnight run to Taco Bell!
What is your favorite blend of coffee?
Starbucks Veranda