Peer Ministers

Young Adults Ministering to Young Adults

St. Paul's Newman Center has six Peer Ministers who are on staff to offer hospitality and guide students through the programs offered at the Newman Center. They are here to help students discover Jesus in the Sacraments, the life around Newman and Retreat Experiences. The Peer Ministers also supervise the members of the Student Advisory Board (student volunteers).

Send them an email and they'll be happy to get back to you about how to get involved with the Newman Center during your college years!

Nicollette Bitz

Hi everyone! I’m Nicollette Bitz and am a senior studying Psychology and Human Development and Family Science at NDSU with the hopes of becoming a mental health counselor. I grew up in Napoleon, North Dakota. I love reading, writing, being outdoors, and doing anything that involves music- especially playing piano. I also enjoy doing anything that involves interacting with people, which is why I’m so excited to be a returning peer minister this year! Growing up in a Christian community, I was so happy to find the same welcoming, faith-filled environment at St. Paul’s Newman Center and see so many students striving to form a relationship with God. Joining and leading a bible study and becoming a student missionary through the Newman Center have both been huge steps in helping me develop my faith and find a deeper love for God. I am so excited to meet students this year and help them grow and flourish in their relationship with God! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me about anything, from the Newman Center to classes to advice on how to handle daily stresses; I am always happy to listen! Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Joe Eicher

Hello, my name is Joe Eicher, and I am excited to be working as a peer minister this year. I am a sophomore at NDSU studying electrical engineering. I enjoy making music and am a part of the marching band drumline. I also like math! I have five brothers, one sister, and originate from St. Michael Minnesota, better known as the land of the Albertville outlet mall. The most important part of my life has been finding God and continually trying to build a relationship with him every day. The Newman center has helped me do this in so many ways, so I encourage everyone to get involved. I am always willing to listen, so if you get bored or have any questions feel free to let me know. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faith Hapka

Welcome to the Newman Center! My name is Faith and I am starting my second year at NDSU as a pre-nursing student. My past schooling has included public school, private school, and homeschool! I am from Andover, MN and I am blessed that some of my extended family lives in the FM area. I have three older siblings and four younger siblings, and also a young nephew:). Some things I enjoy are reading historical fiction, watching movies, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, meeting new people, and going to Mass. Something that I learned at the Newman Center during my freshman year was that this community was always there to support me, be it through Bible study, retreats, or even buckluck every Sunday. The community at Newman is what makes it a fun and joyful place to hang out and grow closer to Christ together! I’d love to meet all of you! Feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . God bless!

 

 

 

Joshua Geinert

Hi all! I'm Joshua Geinert, a sophomore from Nortonville, North Dakota majoring in Agriculture Education! I grew up on a farm and love the outdoors, anything with an engine, and my faith. I also enjoy hunting, motorcycling, and hanging out with golden retrievers. My first week at college I was struck with the realization that I didn't have a real relationship with God and the Newman Center was the place that I found the true presence and community that I needed to pursue my faith in a deep and real way. Because of the support I received at Newman, I finally had the courage to truly discern my vocation and I am currently applying to be a seminarian for the Fargo Diocese. I am looking forward to a great spring semester and being able to serve the students here as they walk in their faith just as I am. I love to chat so if you need a set of ears or answers to questions, feel free to reach out! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lizzy Heil

Hello friends! I am a second year student pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant at North Dakota State College of Science. I am from St. Michael-Albertville Minnesota where I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a Catholic grade school and be a member of a strong Catholic youth program throughout high school. One of my favorite past times is hanging out with my family of nine. I have three brothers, three sisters and the two most incredible parents. While I am away from my family, I enjoy hanging spending time at the Newman, hanging out with friends, running, playing basketball, going on adventures, and reading. I also enjoy sharing Christ's love with others and seeing the true beauty in everything. I look forward to being a peer minister as my hope is that all college students may have the opportunity to grow in a relationship with Christ. God bless!

Samuel Mettler

Hey, I'm Sam Mettler. I grew up on a small beef farm that includes other various animals outside Swanville, MN. I'll be entering (what I hope to be) my final year at NDSU as a Broadcast Journalism student. I come from a family of seven children (I'm the 5th) and starting this year there will be five of us that have come to NDSU. I like to shoot hoops, toss a pigskin, and throw a disc around. I also enjoy reading, playing pool and ping pong. Coming to the Newman Center and surrounding myself with good, Catholic friends has impacted my life greatly. Heck, I liked one person so much that I married her! I desire the chance to positively affect other's lives as some have done for me. That's why I'm a peer minister this year! If you want someone to talk to or to relieve some stress contact me by email or Facebook. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.