Alpha Coordinators

  • Mackenzie Cruickshank

    Major: Christian Ministries
    Hometown: Portland, OR

    Favorite Verse: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

    Favorite Quotation: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The community.

  • Jonathan Escobedo

    Major: Communication Studies
    Minor: Youth Ministry
    Hometown: Corona, CA

    Favorite Verse: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2

    Favorite Quotation: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

    Favorite Aspect of APU: I love how supportive a community APU is. I know that there are people around me who will be there to celebrate in the highs and comfort in the lows.

  • Taylor Finkbeiner

    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

    Favorite Verse: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:6-7

    Favorite Quotation: “Don’t let anyone steal your joy or lose who you are in Christ.” – Scott Finkbeiner

    Favorite Aspect of APU: I love APU because of the amazing community that it has to offer. I have met so many incredible individuals who are invensted into pouring into my life and building me up. This place has become a home because of the people that have become my family. I am so thankful for the people I have met and the growth I have experienced these last few years. God is so good!

  • Emma Gautney

    Major: Religious Studies and Global Studies
    Minor: Sociology
    Hometown: Kansas City, MO

    Favorite Verse: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” – Psalm 5:11

    Favorite Quotation: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – nelson Mandela

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is being able to learn and grow in a Christ-centered environment. Both my teachers and peers challenge me to grow in my knowledge of and love for the Lord, as well as grow in knowledge about what is happening in our own country and throughout the world. APU is truly one of my favorite places.

  • Erik Hansen

    Major: Cinematic Arts
    Hometown: Norco, CA

    Favorite Verse: "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word that was preached to you." – 1 Peter 1:24-25

    Favorite Quotation: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The God-centered community that surrounds and encourages me on a daily basis.

  • Steve Jussenhoven

    Majors: Business Management, Youth Ministry
    Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

    Favorite Verse: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

    Favorite Quotation: “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is the amazing friendships and fervor for spreading God’s love across the world.

  • Abe Longoria

    Major: Business Management
    Hometown: Gilroy, CA

    Favorite Verse: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

    Favorite Quotation: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The God-centered community. It’s such a blessing to have so many young adults live together and grow through worship. I love that people here make me feel like I belong at this school. I also love that I am able to strive for academic success while pursuing my faith.

  • Josiah Romero

    Major: Applied Exercise Science
    Minor: Biblical Studies
    Hometown: Fremont, CA

    Favorite Verse: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21

    Favorite Quotation: “If you are committed to the will of God, you cannot miss it.” – Matt Browning

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Any type of missions, action teams, Mexico Outreach, and Bridges!

  • Brian Rottman

    Major: Applied Exercise Science
    Minor: Graphic Design
    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

    Favorite Verse: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13

    Favorite Quotation: “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Unending friendships and unstoppable laughter.

  • Heidi Stewart

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Leadership
    Hometown: Placerville, CA

    Favorite Verse: “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” – Luke 12:27

    Favorite Quotation: “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The environment of servanthood.

  • Meg van Rijn

    Major: Communication Studies
    Minor: Leadership
    Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

    Favorite Verse: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

    Favorite Quotation: “God made you the world’s best at something. Find that something and pursue it for His glory.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: There are so many great things I could say, but by far my favorite aspect is definitely the community. APU’s community is so dynamic in the way that it challenges you while also supporting you. This community gives you the tools to grow as a whole person—spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I am so grateful for this place, this place I get to call home. Oh, and obviously the OAT office!

  • Alexandra Vasquez

    Major: Business Economics
    Hometown: La Mirada, CA

    Favorite Verse: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

    Favorite Quotation: “If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The walks from West to East. They are great times to reflect.

  • Kayla Wood

    Major: Communication Studies
    Minor: Worship Music
    Hometown: Sacramento, CA

    Favorite Verse: “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8

    Favorite Quotation: “Find happiness in the little things.” – Anonymous

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The community, how Christ is the center, friends, and FUN!