Patrick Henry College
Stephen Williams, Men's RD
Several years ago, when he was still a student, Stephen Williams (Government, ’12) thought about being a resident director. Though he once felt he could accomplish more outside of the position, when the job opened last spring, he determined that it was where God was leading him.
“I experienced so much growth while living in the PHC community,” Williams said. “The opportunity we have here to live together, to love together, to labor together is unparalleled to anything I’ve seen. This was where my heart was at and the Lord started opening doors – there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.”
With the 2013-2014 school year about to kick off - complete with a new team of resident assistants (RAs) and new resident directors (RDs) - Stephen Williams will be serving as the men’s RD. He’ll be working alongside Bethany Vehlow (Strategic Intelligence, ’13), the women’s RD.
“I feel incredibly blessed, honored, and humbled to be in this position,” said Vehlow. “I’m really looking forward to working with all the RAs. This year provides a neat opportunity, because there are only two returning RAs. The rest of the team is new.”
Vehlow is expecting God to do big things in and through the lives of the RAs and students. Her vision for the year is to cultivate a ministry of reconciliation on campus. She believes that all Christians are called to this ministry and are called to give each other grace, rather than judge quickly or harshly.
“I want to make sure that everyone is offered the chance to ‘community’ here and not be left on the outside,” she said. “I want to help people know their value through Christ and in the way we treat them.”
Bethany Vehlow, Women's RD
Williams’ goals for the year run parallel with Vehlow’s, desiring that the campus be defined by love and service, and helping everyone to understand that each person is in the process of being sanctified.
“We are all being refined,” Williams said. “There are things we don’t understand yet, perspectives that need to be tweaked, but we get closer to the arrival by growing together.”
He also stressed the importance of bearing one another’s burdens through prayer. He and Vehlow are emphasizing the importance of prayer as individuals and as a team.
“Once you start praying for someone, your perspective of them changes completely because you are seeing them through Christ’s eyes,” Williams said.
The new RDs are excited about the increased desire for dorm unity within each individual dorm. The female RAs in particular are emphasizing hospitality and are working to transform their dorms and wings into places that make others feel comfortable and at home.
“We have a chance to love,” said Williams, “We are going to lay it all on the field and see what the Lord does. Love, serve, and let the Lord work, doing so with a pursuit of faithfulness.”
RA training ends on Monday, August 12, and on Tuesday the incoming class arrives on campus.