Founders Hall Staff

 

Isaiah Barnfield
Isaiah Barnfield
Resident Director

 

E-mail

isaiah.barnfield@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

First year

 

Hometown

West Frankfort, IL

 

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Missouri Baptist University - Bachelors of Music in Music Ministry/Bachelors of Arts
Geneva College - Masters of Arts in Higher Education (currently pursuing)

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

Late night fast food runs followed by long discussions, movies, board games, or jam sessions.

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

Exploring Chattanooga

 

Plans for upcoming year

Build relationships among the Covenant College community as well as finish my master’s degree program.

 

Favorite recreational activities

Camping, recording music, and going to the movies.

 

What residents can expect

Expect to be loved, challenged, and supported spiritually and mentally. I want to meet students and help them navigate the waters of college while encouraging holistic education that prepares students for all areas of life. Be prepared to learn and have fun.

 

Best thing about my job

Being able to play a crucial role in the spiritual and mental formation of college students is a blessing. I love realizing my identity in Christ as I journey through life with students as they are figure out who they are too.

 

 


 

Morgan Opgenorh
Morgan Opgenorh ’17
Resident Assistant, Gracewell

 

Major

Community Development

 

Hometown

Flower Mound, Texas

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Theory of Community Development with Profs. Corbett and Fikkert. Every day in that class turned my world upside down and shaped how I think and who I am now.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

There will be lots of love, laughter, and growth (that’s not always fun, but it’s good). I’m excited to spend time with each other on the mountain and off! And I think we are going to learn from each other and from our Savior.

 

What I'm all about

Mostly laughing. Also writing letters (it’s my love language), singing (in the shower and out), sports (especially volleyball), frolicking (give me any wide open field), taking pictures (of people and beautiful things), and stuffing my face with peanut m&m’s (I like chocolate and I’m nuts). I like to throw things at my friends, dance like a hooligan with them, and then sit down and talk about life and Jesus.

 

 


 

Stephen Bankson
Stephen Bankson ’17
Resident Assistant, Catacombs

 

Major/Minor

Physics, Mathematics

 

Hometown

Kathleen, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Either Calculus III or Optics and Modern Physics. In both of these classes, I gained so much knowledge about mathematics and the nature of the physical world around us.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A close group of guys who love Jesus and one another. Catacombs has a unique identity on campus, and it is a place where anyone will be accepted and welcomed for who they are. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

 

What I'm all about

First and foremost, I am a son of God: I am a broken sinner, but for reasons I cannot fathom God has chosen me in love to be His child through Christ, and for that, I strive to live the life He has called me to. Also, I really enjoy hanging out with friends, building and strengthening relationships, reading good books, making others laugh, drinking Dr. Pepper, and playing Mario Kart and Smash Bros with guys on the hall.

 

 


 

Hannah Robinson
Hannah Robinson ’16
Resident Assistant, Caledon

 

Major/Minor

Biology/Chemistry

 

Hometown

Renick, WV

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Drawing 1! Even though I love the sciences, I've also grown up loving drawing and art and this class was a fun break from my regular coursework.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I am so excited to live with you guys! You can definitely expect open doors and lots of time spent getting to know you. I really hope Caledon can be a place where we can be close and honest with one another, and have lots of fun in between! I hope there are lots of spontaneous hall events, whether they’re to the Great Hall for dinner, or a soccer game, or major homework sessions at night. You can expect some camping trips, long conversations, and chill weekends.

 

What I'm all about

I am all about the grace and love of Jesus, and how that love opens up so many doors for us living on a hall together! I am all about learning to be more and more like our Savior knowing that our mistakes are forgiven. I get excited about a lot of things, like slow mornings drinking tea, farmland and country roads, soccer games, reading, all things Tolkien, group movies, going barefoot, camping, hammocks, flannel, art, and last but not least, my fiancé, Michael!

 

 


 

Daniel Pelts
Daniel Pelts ’16
Resident Assistant, Brethren

 

Major

Community Development

 

Hometown

Bluefield, WV

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Intro to Linguistics with Dr. Stephens. I was a grammar nerd growing up, so it was fascinating to take a class on language and some aspects of how it works.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Brethren is one of the most chill guys’ halls in Founders. Computer gaming is common, as is late night conversations in the commons. Most guys leave the doors to their rooms open, creating space for connections to be made and friendships to be furthered. As a hall, we seek to be vulnerable with each other about our joys and sorrows, and encourage one another to rest in the sufficiency of God’s grace in the midst of life’s messiness. Also we have monk robes.

 

What I'm all about

I am a pretty chill, introverted dude, but I can also be very outgoing when with friends. I love hearing people’s stories and what God has done in their lives. I enjoy playing soccer, going for runs, and if I have time, reading for fun. My sense of humor involves puns and sarcasm, and I try not to take myself too seriously.

In the midst of all of this, I am also very much a sinner in daily need of God’s grace. My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says, “My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.”

 

 


 

Ima Umoh
Ima Umoh ’16
Resident Assistant, Highlands

 

Major/Minor

Biology/Psychology

 

Hometown

Atlanta, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Introduction to Literary Studies with Barham. He is an extremely, precious man. His passion for literature is amazing and can capture the interest of non-English majors. He always cracked me up with the accents he had for the renaissance and various regions. When his zeal for a subject reaches its peak, he does this lean back that reminds me of an evil laugh without the laugh. It’s not only his comfort with and vast knowledge of the subject that made the class my favorite, but also his patience. There are no bad questions when you are talking to Barham. He is always attentive to the needs of his students as he patiently listens.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

People who are broken that blend well together, because we are united by Christ. We are called to be in community day in and day out. It can be seen with late night talks in the commons, the study sessions that happen in the hallway, eating together, joyous laughter or singing at the top of our lungs to some oldies. As much as there are ups, there will be just as many downs. But during those down times, we will be there to support one another and point each other back to Christ.

 

What I'm all about

I am a woman of many sayings. If you don’t hear me say, “The struggle is real!” on a daily basis, then something is wrong. Just as I am a woman of many sayings, I am equally a woman of many faces. I’m told they’re quite hysterical. I love building friendships almost as much as I love the color purple and running marathons on Netflix. Being sassy is one of my “little-c callings,” next to YouTube sensation. But above all, I seek to bask in the blessings that come from knowing the Lord.

 

 


 

Hannah Lloyd
Hannah Lloyd ’18
Resident Assistant, Jungle

 

Major

Sociology & English

 

Hometown

Flowery Branch, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

English Composition with Professor Tate. I realized how much I enjoy looking at the world through the lens of literature, through words, stories, and poetry.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A place where we desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit and where everything we do together comes from this (Eph.3:20-21).

 

What I'm all about

1 Corinthians 2. Living each day by God’s power and for His glory. Loving people because they are the only immortal creations. Finding joy in the knowledge that God is real and He loves His children. Enjoying the small things like notes and flowers and adventures. Listening to and learning from the stories of others. Living to the hilt every situation I believe to be the will of God (Jim Elliot).

 

 


 

Joy Ohanian
Joy Ohanian ’16
Resident Assistant, Jubilee

 

Major/Minors

Community Development/Art and Economics

 

Hometown

Richardson, TX & Hatfield, PA. It’s confusing.

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Either U.S. Urban Poverty with Dr. Wescher or 2D Design with Prof. Ray Padron. U.S. Urban Poverty offers a unique blend of involvement in the community while still experiencing learning in the classroom. In 2D Design, Ray helped me begin to think about the body and art and how they interact with each other. Both professors changed how I think about the world, even in small ways.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

They can expect to live on Jubilee, and to help shape what that means this year.

 

What I'm all about

Sports, sports, and sports! Love them! Chacos, Hammocking (love sleeping in the wild!!!!!!), I also love bugs, biting my nails, and leafy greens that taste like the earth. One thing I want the world to know is that softball is my favorite sport! In a fight with a professional wrestler I might just sneak in a win, so I am all about that. I am also all about Jesus Christ who saved me.

 

 


 

Regan Huisman ’17
Regan Huisman ’17
Resident Assistant, Balcony

 

Major

Psychology

 

Hometown

Johnson City, TN

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

This is a hard question. It is a tie between Cognitive Psychology with Dr. Yue and Doctrine with Dr. Dennison. Cognitive Psych was incredible because Dr. Yue was so passionate about the material and made the difficult material seem tangible. We were able to discuss with her our own experiences with the data and how we have seen these behaviors in our own lives. Even if you are not a psychology major, you should take this class. Doctrine 1 & 2 with Dr. D were both hysterical and enlightening. His passion challenges your comfort in what you believe, which is something that every Christian should go through at some point. I walked away from that class every Monday night, often with tears in my eyes, more in love with the gospel than ever before.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

This will also be my first year on Balcony, so I am still getting to know the hall. I have gotten to know a few of the girls on the hall already know it is going to be loud, crazy, and full of love. It will be a lesson in growth to live in close contact with close to 30 girls, but in the past few years at Covenant, dorm life has shaped and grown me the most.

 

What I'm all about

I am what you call an “outgoing introvert.” I love the outdoors, music, gourmet food, and intramural sports. I love to just sit in a group of friends and laugh till we wet ourselves. I strive to see the joy of the Lord in the midst of brokenness and I am so excited to do all of these things on Balcony!

 

 


 

Daniel Madden ’18
Daniel Madden ’18
Resident Assistant, Blackwatch

 

Major

History

 

Hometown

Athens, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Introduction to History with Dr. Green. I loved the unique way he taught us to study history. He pushed us to work hard and get the most out of our work. It really confirmed that I was in the right major at the right school.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Working together to make a great community with some awesome guys! Covenant’s community is so unique and it starts with the people on the hall. Blackwatch is going to be what we make it, and hopefully we can make it a place where we can grow in Christ together.

 

What I'm all about

I love tennis, Calvin and Hobbes, ultimate Frisbee, movie nights, camping, and history (not always in that order)! I love hanging out with friends and late night waffle house trips. Oh and I’m a Dawgs fan!

 

 


 

Tim Stern
Tim Stern ’17
Resident Assistant, 1st Belz

 

Major

Pre-Engineering

 

Hometown

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Thermodynamics with Dr. Stern. First off, it connected a lot of dots and helped me to understand why so many things work the way they do, like refrigerators, jets, and cars, and secondly, it’s taught by my dad. He isn't easy, but I love his teaching style and will miss having classes with him.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I think the guys coming in can expect a lot of energy. The hall will be welcoming a lot of new guys so it should be an interesting mix of old traditions and new people, which should be awesome. I am definitely looking forward to it.

 

What I'm all about

Taking it easy and hanging out with my friends and hallmates, having late night theology discussions, or just sharing life. I also love to tinker around and fix things (or break it depending on how fun that is). When I find the time, just chilling out in the woods and enjoying God's creation is also something I find incredibly relaxing.

 

Student Growth through Residence Life | Jonathan Ingraham '07
Jonathan remembers his experience as a student in Maclellan Hall and reflects on the importance of residence life for Covenant