While the building itself bears the name, it's the people that make Long Hall the place that it is. Each year the different personalities of its residents serve as the ingredients to an amazing concoction that is different from the year before and that I could have never imagined. Perhaps you will be one of those personalities soon...so look around and get a feel for H.D. Long Hall!
Matt Williams ("Matty")
Resident Director, H.D. Long HallSpouse: Kati Williams, the First Lady of Long Hall (married three years!)
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
College Attended: Bryan College, B.A. in English Literature
Hobbies/Sports: Running, biking, basketball, anything outdoors-related like hiking or camping, card games and Settlers of Catan, writing, photography, traveling, good conversation and discovering unique eating establishments.
A word that best describes me: Simmering
Favorite quote: “If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Favorite food: A cheeseburger is never the wrong answer.
Last book read: Drive by Daniel Pink
Favorite TV show: The Office and American Pickers
Favorite music: I can't ever go wrong with Switchfoot, U2 or Rich Mullins. I'm really liking Lecrae right now too, and I'm really to like Sufjan Stevens' "The Age of Adz" but I haven't succeeded yet.
Best residence life memory from college: The almost nightly impromptu dogpiles on unsuspecting residents, which we affectionately called "floor activities" (these often corresponded with, but were not limited to, someone's birthday), growing together with guys, and late-night conversations about both the serious and the trivial.
A random fact about myself: My family had horrible luck with pets when I was growing up. One dog jumped off a bridge, another hung himself with his leash while freaking out in a thunderstorm and another's stomach "spontaneously flipped" internally one day and he "imploded" (doctor's words...not mine).
Interesting fact about my building: H.D. Long, built in 1964, was originally built as a men’s residence hall, but has spent almost as much time serving as a women’s residence hall over the years. The building changed back to a full-time men’s hall in the fall of 2006.
What I like about being a resident director at Bryan: I love the fact that I get to live out my life as a Christian man in front of young men who are changing and growing every day. To have the constant opportunity to speak into their lives, to learn from them and to grow alongside them is humbling.
What I love about Bryan and its students: I believe Bryan is special because it encourages students to grow holistically in all aspects of life. Students don’t leave with just a book knowledge of their major but hopefully with an accurate understanding of how their faith will intersect their world and bring about change.
Learn more about H.D. Long Hall here.
First Floor RA
Hometown: Pulaski, TN
Major: Communication Studies (Film & Media option)
Hobbies/Sports: Hiking, karate, music, paintball
Favorite food: Pizza, Dessert: Death by chocolate
Favorite TV show or movie: Lost and the Bourne Trilogy respecitvely
Favorite music or band: Acoustic Rock
Something I want to do before I die: Hike the Appalachian trail in its entirety
A random fact about myself: I grew my first full beard when I was thirteen years old.
Why I wanted to become a Bryan RA: Basically it boils down to people. They are awesome and I love to be around them. It's great to be able to form lasting relationships with people and really to just be a friend.
Alex is a senior and is beginning his first year as a resident assistant.
Dean FranklinSecond Floor and Long Lead RA
Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland
Major: Christian Ministry (Youth Option)
Hobbies/Sports: I play Rugby for the Bryan club team. I love football, love to play frisbee and any other sports. I like to watch movies and hang with the guys.
A word that describes me: Vivacious
Favorite food: Enchiladas
Favorite TV show or movie: TV show would be Psych; movie would be either Gladiator or Remember the Titans
Favorite music or band: Favorite band would be Lecrae. I like all music.
Favorite Bible verses: Psalm 25:4-5
Favorite book: Princess Bride (better than the movie)
Favorite quote: "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Where I want to travel: Alaska
Something I want to do before I die: Bungy Jumping
A famous person I've met: My dad... I don't know
A random fact about myself: I have had 3 cranial facial surgeries from when I was an infant to when I was 5... come and see me and ask for details
Why I wanted to become an RA: I want to be a good influence on the guys on my hall and be able to reach those guys, creating good relationships with them and being like Christ.
What I love about Bryan: The smallness. Love the smallness. And all the awesome people here.
Dean is a junior and beginning his second year as a resident assistant.
Luke FoxThird Floor RA
Hometown: Burlington, NC
Hobbies/Sports: Acting, playing volleyball, basketball and pingpong, and roadtripping.
A word that describes me: Relational
Favorite food: Macaroni & cheese
Favorite TV show or movie: Parenthood
Favorite music or band: Ed Sheeran and The Head and the Heart
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 12:2
Favorite book: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Favorite quote: "The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its spark to fall on us." ~ John Stott
Something I want to do before I die: Win an Oscar
Why I wanted to become a Bryan RA: I desire the opportunity to serve the Bryan community in a unique way and I am excited about investing in the lives of the guys on my hall and encouraging my peers to live according to the high call of Christ.
Luke is a senior and is beginning his first year as a resident assistant.
Fourth Floor RA
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tn
Major: Biblical Studies
Hobbies/Sports: Rock climbing, hiking, bouldering, jogging, trail running, studying theology, ect.
A word that describes me: Mediocre
Favorite food: Ice Cream
Favorite TV show or movie: The Emperor's New Groove
Favorite music or band: Acoustic, like John Mayer, Jack Johnson or Jason Reeves
Favorite Bible verses: Colossians 1:15-20
Favorite book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite quote: O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! —Charles Spurgeon
Where I want to travel: India
Something I want to do before I die: I want to work with orphans in some semi-long term capacity
A famous person I've met: Does Dr. David Platt count??
A random fact about myself: I have four brothers, four sisters, and seven nieces and nephews.
Why I wanted to become an RA: I want to be able to serve some of the other guys in whatever capacity I can. It would be fantastic to teach a Bible study and get some mentoring set up for guys on the hall that want it. But just loving and serving is what I am passionate about.
What I love about Bryan: I love my friends and professors. I have been served so much by teachers like Dr. Davis and Dr. Turner who have poured in me. And recently I have been getting mentored by a senior guy and I just have so many meaningful friendships. I just love it.
Luke is a junior and beginning his second year as a resident assistant.