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North Central Admissions Director Nicholas Leist

Nicholas Leist

Associate Director of Recruitment


Works with students from: 

  • International Students
Learn more about Nicholas
Nick Leist – Associate Director of Recruitment

Hometown:  Menasha, WI

Movies: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Music: John Mayer, John Mark Pantana, Half Alive, Dan Rodriguez

Books: Chronicles of Narnia, Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, and literary classics

Hobbies and interests: Exploring the Twin Cities, traveling, disc golf, and drinking way too much coffee

Ellen Partridge

Associate Director of Online and Graduate Admissions


Works with:

  • Online Students
  • Graduate Students
Learn more about Ellen

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Movies: Anything Marvel or classic Disney. I also love a good action movie such as Top Gun Maverick or a well done documentary.

Music: A little bit of everything. Top 40, Country, Punk, CCM, or Worship. Not a huge metal or hard rock fan.

Books: The Shack, Anything by Lysa TerKeurst, and Finding God’s Life for my Will by Mike Donehey.

Hobbies and interests: I am very involved in volunteering with my church’s student ministry and enjoy being able to pour into the next generation. I also love a night in to read and watch TV shows, particularly crime procedurals such as NCIS and Law and Order SVU.

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Spencer Lampton

Associate Director of Data and Processing



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Spencer LamptonAssociate Director of Data and Processing

Hometown: Avon, Indiana, USA

Movies: Anything but horror

Music: Jon Bellion, Ben Rector, Quinn XVII

Books: CS Lewis, Hemingway, Ryan Holiday, Malcolm Gladwell

Hobbies/Interests: health and fitness, video games, hiking, coffee

abby knight

Abby Knight

Admissions Counselor


Works with:

  • Freshman counselor
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Abby Knight – Admissions Counselor

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota

Movies: 80’s Movies and anything Disney

Music: Maverick City and Country

Books: Anything by C.S. Lewis

Hobbies/Interests: Trying new places to eat, spending time with friends, traveling, and paddle boarding

Konrad Bueckers

Admissions Counselor 


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Konrad Bueckers – Admissions Counselor
  • Hometown: Pine River, MN
  • Music: NCU Worship Live (Specifically Kaleigh Nesbitt)
  • Movie: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Food: Stir Fry
  • Book: Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard
  • Hobbies: Basketball, Board games, Reading

Benjamin Jacobs

Admissions Coordinator and PSEO/Reapplicant Admissions Counselor


Works with:

  • PSEO and Reapplicant Students
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Benjamin Jacobs – Admissions Coordinator and PSEO/Reapplicant Admissions Counselor
Works With:
  • PSEO Students
  • Reapplicant Students
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
  • Movies: Saving Private Ryan. Most war movies in general.
  • Music: Classical, Show Tunes, Hip-Hop
  • Book: Tattoos On The Heart – Greg Boyle, S.J.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing piano and singing, Adventuring with my wife, Madelynn, and trying to be comfortable in the cold.

MiCayla Jones

Graduate Assistant

Learn more about MiCayla
MiCayla Jones – Graduate Assistant
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Movies: Marvel Phases 3 & 4
  • Music: Any song from Hamilton!, Pop. Alternative, Gospel
  • Book: Discover Your True North By Bill George
  • Hobbies and Interest: Playing Basketball and golf, going to sporting events, spending time with family, watching movies, and adventuring.

adam hill

Adam Hill

Online and Graduate Admissions Counselor


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Adam Hill – Online and Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • Hometown:  Richfield, MN.
  • Movies: Creed and any sports documentary.
  • Music: Hip Hop.
  • Books: The Bible and anything related to coaching.
  • Hobbies and interests: Coaching baseball. Finding new restaurants. Sports.


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