Dr. Matt Benson, Vice President of Spiritual Formation
and his wife, Melody, love raising their children (Jonathan, Joshua and Emilyn) to welcome college students, visitors and missionaries to fellowship on the back porch. Now in his 15th year at Bryan, Matt brings to the table his experience as pastor, worship leader and pastoral counselor, as well as a keen sense of kingdom-living, leadership development and strategic thinking.
As an undergraduate at Piedmont College, Matt studied computer science and history, and went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He most recently completed a doctorate in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology.
Ben Norquist, Director of Faith & Mission
, studied history at Bryan College (2004), then returned to his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, where he met his wife, Ariel. Ben earned his MA in Western Thought at St. John's College and then fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a barista...for one month. Ben and Ariel's passion for international missions and spiritual formation drew them back to Bryan. They live in Cranmore Cove with their 2-year old son, Henrik, and twin babies Soren and Freya. Ben's prayer is that students will develop and continually live out of a deep, abiding love-relationship with God. He recommends the movie Babette's Feast.
Jason Glen, Director of Worldview Formation and Instructor in Christian Thought
, began serving as the Assistant Director of Worldview Formation in July, 2012, and is also a non-tenured faculty member in the Christian Thought division. Jason received his MA in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and his BA in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College at Wake Forest. He previously studied theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for two years and Political Science at Texas A&M University for four years. Jason has ministered to college students for the past 14 years with the Navigators, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and local churches. Jason has academic interests in ethics, continental philosophy, postmodernism, social justice, and worldview studies.
Jason met his wife, Ashlee S. Glen, while attending Texas A&M. They have been married since 1999 and live with their four daughters in Dayton, TN. The Glens enjoy the great outdoors, playing and watching sports, reading, and watching movies.
,("ANY-gun-burg") Director of Worship Arts and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry, comes to Bryan from southwest Georgia where he served as the Pastor of Worship at Grace Church in Bainbridge for eight years. He earned a BA in Educational Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and a ThM with a Media Arts emphasis from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jeff has an intense desire to see people respond to God's grace by expressing their worship in every facet of their lives. He is married to his college sweetheart Caroline and has three wonderful, energetic children: Talia, Ezra, and Titus. As a family they desire to show the love of God by opening their hearts and home to students. Jeff enjoys jamming on guitar, playing hoops, recording music and Mac computers.
Andrew McPeak is the Coordinator of the Worldview Initiative. He graduated from Bryan in 2011 with a Major in Liberal Arts, and was on staff with the Worldview Initiative for three and a half of his four years at Bryan. While at Bryan, Andrew gained a variety of valuable experiences. For two years he was the President of SSTOP, which is an anti-human trafficking group at Bryan. He also spent the summer of 2010 serving and sharing the word of God to the people of India with a Missions organization called Word For the World. Through his position as Coordinator of the Worldview Initiative, he is able to travel and speak to youth all over the United States. Andrew hopes to continue to train and develop youth and young adult leaders into men and women with a passion for God for the rest of his life. He and his wife Anna were married in August of 2011, and live in Dayton, TN.
Bonnie-Marie Yager, Assistant Director of Faith & Mission, graduated from Bryan with a degree in political communication (2007). After several months of fundraising and development work with non-profit organizations in Bratislava, Slovakia, she worked as the Director of Research for Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) and as Director of Public Relations for The Refuge Tennessee, a ministry for homeless women and families in Harriman, TN. Bonnie-Marie devoted her first four years at Bryan to Worldview Formation programs, directing and traveling with the Worldview Initiative, and developing on-campus strategies to foster healthy dialogue toward the continuing cultivation of a biblical worldview within the Bryan community. She now oversees and develops international missions internships, spring break service trips and a variety of local ministry opportunities for Bryan students. Her passion remains the same: to help the global body of Christ see how faith and life intersect.
, Director of Counseling and Soul Care and Instructor in Psychology, graduated from Bryan College (2000) with a degree in psychology, and continued his studies at Asbury Theological Seminary (M.A., Counseling). He has worked in a variety of contexts: psychiatric hospitals, public schools, group homes, and community mental health agencies. As a counselor, Jonathan invites students into a relationship with God that they might find healing and be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. To that end, he has developed an academic minor in Soul Care, and enjoys spending time with students in and out of the classroom. He and his wife Lorraine have three children named Eli, Simon, and Eden.
Kauri Tallant, Assistant Director of Counseling & Soul Care and Instructor of Psychology, graduated with her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2010 and is working towards licensure. She is a Bryan alum (2003) with a degree in psychology. Kauri has a passion for challenging individuals to see their pain and brokenness as avenues to experience God’s presence in a real manner. She has been enriched by a variety of professional experiences: case manager for foster care, support staff at a clubhouse for adults with mental illnesses, writer for home studies for adoption/foster care, and technician at a center for eating disorders. In her free time, Kauri enjoys party planning, making and eating fondue, running, and Contra dancing.
Anna Stewart, Coordinator for Strategic Support
Eric McEachron graduated from Bryan (2009) with a Communications Studies degree, and went on to live in Japan for three years. There he was surprised to meet his beautiful wife, Rachel, who was also working as an English teacher in order to serve alongside the same missionaries and church planters. Because Eric believes that "the local church is the hope of the world", he eagerly offers his time and gifts in service to the church, whether in his home city of St. Louis or the land of the rising sun, and now in Dayton, TN. Eric enjoys exotic cuisine, especially sea urchin, eel, and other raw meat from the sea.