Samford Spiritual Life Assistants

Spiritual Life Assistants (SLAs) work with the Office of Spiritual life and are committed to serving the students of Samford University.

They do this in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Building personal relationships through invitations to eat, talk, pray, and play together
  • Shuttling students to Target, Publix or Walmart when needed
  • Helping students identify which Birmingham churches they want to visit and how to get to them
  • Organizing study breaks and other events to encourage new and stronger connections among peers
  • Educating students about helpful resources on campus to help students stay successful academically and personally
  • Promoting opportunities for spiritual growth on campus
  • Praying for and with students

Beeson Woods

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Lauren Stearns
My name is Lauren Stearns, and I’m from Trussville, AL. I absolutely love the use of puns. If you use a pun, you’re probably going to be my best friend. I’ve lived in the Birmingham area my whole life, but I love all of the cool restaurants and parks I’ve gotten to explore since I’ve been here at Samford. I wanted to be an SLA because I think spiritual health is so important, especially during a time as crazy and busy as college can be. There are so many life changes that happen during this time, and I wanted to be able to support other Samford students as they experience them.

Pittman

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Abigail Hawkins
My name is Lauren Stearns, and I’m from Trussville, AL. I absolutely love the use of puns. If you use a pun, you’re probably going to be my best friend. I’ve lived in the Birmingham area my whole life, but I love all of the cool restaurants and parks I’ve gotten to explore since I’ve been here at Samford. I wanted to be an SLA because I think spiritual health is so important, especially during a time as crazy and busy as college can be. There are so many life changes that happen during this time, and I wanted to be able to support other Samford students as they experience them.
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Madi Proctor
My name is Madi Proctor. I’m from Columbia, TN (which is 45 minutes south of Nashville and the mule capital of the world). I’m a sophomore sociology major and people ALWAYS tell me that I look like Taylor Swift. All of the money I have goes towards supporting my tea addiction. My favorite part of Birmingham is that there are so many coffee shops- my favorite one is Revelator. I became an SLA because there were many times last year when I just wanted to get a cup of coffee with someone. So this year, I hope to be that person who takes girls out for coffee and gets to know what kind of gifts God has given them. God sees all of us as so valuable, and everyone on this campus deserves to know that.

Senior OSL/SLA Intern

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Parker Millican
My name is Parker Millican, and I am from Peachtree City Georgia (the place with all the golf carts.) I am an avid coffee drinker and almost always have a cup in my hand. I love all the local restaurants and businesses that are in Birmingham. I chose to be an OSL intern so that I could have a part in growing the office of spiritual life on Samford’s campus and share God’s love with my peers.

Smith

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Corbin Meredith
My name is Corbin Meredith, and I am a junior from Birmingham, AL. I am in ROTC, and I love being outdoors. I chose to be an SLA, because of the impact a former SLA had on my life. I want to be a part of positive campus change, and I want to see the lives of young men transformed for Christ.
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Nathan Peace
My name is Nathan Peace and I’m from Woodstock, Georgia. I enjoy studying theology, worship, and music as a vocalist, organist, and church musician. One thing I love about Birmingham is the diversity of the kinds of churches and the southern charm that the city has. I am an SLA because I love people and feel called to minister to people in every way I can. I’m really passionate about listening to others’ stories and talking with them about life and faith. This was a great opportunity to be the presence of Christ for fellow Samford students, and I absolutely love it!

Transfer & Commuter

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Claire Wells
My name is Claire Wells. I'm from Montgomery, AL. My favorite animal is a manatee and I've gotten to swim with them so I can die happy. I love Birmingham because there's the excitement of being in a city, but one that is not overwhelming. There is always something new to do or a new restaurant to try! I wanted to be an SLA because I felt called to serve the campus that had poured so much into me!

Vail

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Ashton Dutton
My name is Ashton Dutton. I’m from Calera, AL which is right before the big peach on I65 going to the beach. I’ve lived in several different cities around Birmingham, because my dad is a pastor, but I’ve never explored Birmingham as much as I have during my time at Samford. I really love children and dogs, and driving around with friends listening to music and laughing. I wanted to be an SLA because I believe it’s important for the freshmen to have someone helping lead them alongside the Lord during this big change in their life. The Lord really laid it on my heart to minister to the freshmen girls and I’ve loved every minute of it!
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Jaalah Olver
My name is Jaalah Olver. My dad is from Canada and my mom is from California, but my parents are missionaries and I grew up in Papua, Indonesia. I love to travel and to experience the diverse and beautiful cultures, people, and places that God has created. I love the mountains and hiking trails around Birmingham and have enjoyed exploring them. I am an SLA because I love people, and I love to be able to point people back to the one true thing that matters- Jesus Christ. I love to know people deeply and to love them deeply through Christ’s love and being an SLA gave me the opportunity to do just that.
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Ashley Pope
My name is Ashley Pope, and I’m from Alabaster, Alabama. Even though I’ve lived near Birmingham all of my life, I’m constantly being introduced to new places to visit and explore, and I love it! In my spare time, I love singing, cross-stitching, and spending time with friends and family while eating Mexican food. I felt called to be an SLA because I believe growing spiritually is one of the most important -and challenging- aspects of college life. I also genuinely love caring and being an listening ear for others. I knew being an SLA would open up opportunities for God to use me to minister to others and help them through this wonderful adventure we call college.

West Campus

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Maggie Blackwell
My name is Maggie Blackwell and I am from McCalla, Alabama. I love watching football and I am extremely passionate about photography. In fact, if i could be anything, I’d be a photographer for national geographic and/or on the sidelines taking pictures for the Crimson tide. Birmingham has been home for me my entire life but when I came to Samford as a freshman, I got to explore parts of it that I had never seen before which was a cool experience (the food isn’t that bad either). I felt like the Lord put on it on my heart to apply as an SLA because we are called to serve SO many times in the bible and as an SLA I knew that would be a perfect way to be the hands and feet to those around me, which is why I love it so much!
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Luke Hill
My name is Luke Hill and I am from Franklin, Tennessee. I'm a sports fanatic, and love any genre of music. I love the energy of the city of Birmingham, as well as the small town feel of Homewood. There's something for everyone at Samford, and I was surprised when I got here that it wasn't just a cliche, it's really true. I chose to be a Spiritual Life Assistant because I love people, and I love the community that Jesus has called us to become. I love serving and equipping others to serve, and being an SLA is perfect for that.
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Bethany White
Hi, my name is Bethany White. I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I love chapstick. I carry about 5 different sticks of chapstick with me every day. I am also obsessed with Hillsong United and tall cream-based double chocolate chip frappuccinos with a pump of peppermint and no whipped cream (specifically from Starbucks). I definitely spit out that whole line every time I go there. My favorite thing about Birmingham is the food! Birmingham has the most amazing food choices. I chose to be an SLA because I love to invest in others. I have a passion for people and as an SLA I have been able to help others and bring joy to those around me.

West Village

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Christen Bustillos
Hi, my name is Christen Bustillos, and I am junior from Bedford, Texas. I love to travel, but I love reading more. My favorite thing about Birmingham is the rich history within the city, as well as the restaurants. I became an SLA so that I could continue to fulfill Matthew 28:18, and to be there for the community of Samford because they have already given so much to me.

Become an SLA

Each spring, applications for SLA positions are submitted through banner and reviewed by OSL staff. Candidates are interviewed and selected no later than mid April and begin their term of service the week before classes begin the following fall. SLA’s serve from August – May.

If you are interested in learning more about the SLA position, contact any of the current SLA’s or April Robinson alrobins@samford.edu.