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!

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.

Lia Coyle

Hey everyone! My name is Lia Coyle and I’m a sophomore here at NDSU, studying social science education. I am a Fargoian, so if you need any help finding your way around, flag me down! :) I love to read, run, garden, and bake. I also enjoy playing viola (especially at Mass). Being involved at the Newman Center has done amazing things to my faith life, and it has been a wonderful place to create authentic friendships with awesome people who inspire me to cling to God throughout the struggles of college life. I’m excited for this next incredible year at the Newman, and can’t wait to meet all of you! I love to chat btw, so don’t be shy and come say hi! :) If you have any questions about the Newman Center, classes, or anything really, you can get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Welcome to the family!

 

 

 

Benjamin Bisel

Hello, all. I’m Ben Bisel and I’m a senior in the computer engineering program here at NDSU. I grew up around Duluth, MN, and I like trees and trying to capture the beauty of His creation through a camera lens. I like pizza, videogames, cars, and I enjoy taking everything apart and trying to fix it. The Newman Center has helped God fix me in multiple ways by offering confession nearly every day of the week, and I can’t wait to be a part of it over the upcoming school year. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Borgert

Hey ya’ll! My name is Rachel Borgert and I am a second year in my major, Landscape Architecture, here at NDSU.  I enjoy the great outdoors, dancing, family, food, the color blue… Life! I adore the little things in life. But even more than Life I love Jesus and he loves me! I knew right away that when I started college I wanted to continue my relationship with Jesus in my life so becoming a part of the Newman Center has given me an abundance of blessings in my life from Mass every day, adoration, confession, as well as real authentic friendships. I am so thankful I came to NDSU and for the Newman Center; it has become my home away from home. Welcome to St. Paul’s Newman Center and welcome to the family! May God bless you abundantly! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dylan Christopherson

Hello students! My name is Dylan Christopherson and I am a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at NDSU. I grew up in St. Cloud MN. I enjoy building/fixing things, woodworking, leading a bible study, and solving Rubik’s cubes. I’m excited to be a peer minister because I know the huge impact previous minsters had on my life, and I’d like to do the same. I lived a prodigal life style when I first came to college. After a few bible studies and a Kononia retreat I was invited to FOCUS SEEK2015. This conference changed my life. I look forward to meeting new faces and welcome more into this amazing Newman community. If you have question about anything even homework, stop by or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Welcome and God bless!

Nicollette Bitz

Hey everyone! I’m Nicollette Bitz and am a junior studying Psychology 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 peer minister this year! Growing up in a Christian community, it was awesome to come to St. Paul’s Newman Center and see so many students still heavily involved in their faith. Being a part of a bible study and becoming a student missionary have both been huge in helping me develop my faith and find a deeper love for God. I am so excited to meet people 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. 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!