Chad has served as the Director for Collegiate Ministries at Grace EPC since 2004. A 1994 University of Kansas graduate, he served three years on staff with Cru at the University of Georgia before attending Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he received a Masters of Divinity, a Masters in Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry in Faith, Vocation and Culture. After meeting at KU, Chad married his wife, Tiffany, in 1996 and they have four children. Contact Chad at [email protected] or (785) 312-4926.
Director of Programming
Ryan is a founding member of the Oread Center and has acted as the Programming Director since its inception in 2012. He moved to Lawrence, KS in 2007 to join the collegiate ministry staff at Grace EPC after graduating with a degree in English from the University of Missouri. In addition to college ministry, Ryan is co-director of the Oread Center Fellows Program, as well as co-director of the music ministry at Grace. He is also finishing a Masters in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He married his wife, Kristi, in 2010 and they have three daughters. Contact Ryan at [email protected] or (314) 503-2828.
Director of University Relations
Kevin joined the Oread Center staff in 2014 after serving in an advisory/adjunct role from 2012 – 2014. Kevin holds a BS in Sociology from Oklahoma State University, a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD candidate in Policy Studies at KU with an emphasis in the History of American Higher Education. In addition, Kevin has also pastored a church, directed a campus ministry at the University of New Orleans and served as an academic advisor for KU’s Journalism department. Kevin has been married to Lori for 17 years and they have four children. Contact Kevin at [email protected] or (785) 218-5312.
Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Kelly joined the Oread Center staff in 2014 after serving as a graduate intern for two years. Originally from Wheaton, Kelly graduated from the University of Missouri with BAs in Journalism & Political Science. She and her husband, Jordan, married in 2013 and they have two daughters. Contact Kelly at [email protected] or (630) 649-9005.
First-Year Experience Coordinator
Carly joined the Oread Center staff after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She received her bachelors in Biology and Psychology at Truman State University. She’s lived in California, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska and now Kansas. Here in Lawrence she enjoys the sunflowers, fall and donuts from Munchers. Contact Carly at [email protected].
Hannah served as an intern last year and now works as an administrator for the Oread Center. She is originally from Holland, MI and graduated in 2017 from KU. She is currently a grad student at KU studying Early Childhood Special Education. Contact Hannah at [email protected] or (616) 298-9644.
Supporting Organizations & Affiliations
- Grace Church
Partnered with Grace Church, our staff are members of the Grace family and oversight of major decisions, both financial and operational, are performed by the leadership of Grace Church. Though the Oread Center is the college ministry of a local Lawrence church, Grace Church, we are excited to partner with other local churches and campus ministries.
- Consortium of Christian Study Centers
The Oread Center is a full member of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC), a network of like-minded institutions and organizations on campuses across the world.
- KU Religious Advisors
The Oread Center seeks to create opportunities for the historic Christian faith to be seriously considered through thoughtful examinations of faith, calling and culture for the flourishing of the University and its community.
We seek to interact with all spheres of KU in a healthy and humble manner. We seek to promote, extend and enlarge meaningful conversations about faith, knowledge and culture and to resist the tendencies of dismissiveness and divisiveness. The Oread Center is also a member of KU Religious Advisors.
Partnered with Grace EPC, our staff are members of the Grace family. Oversight of major decisions, both financial and operational, are performed by the leadership of Grace EPC.
At the Oread Center, it is our aim to engage in thoughtful dialogue at the intersection of faith, calling and culture. We desire the integration of deeply-held beliefs with everyday behaviors. Integration into the life of a local church plays a substantial role in meaningfully connecting the two. We encourage all of our students to regularly worship at and get connected in a local church.