Brent House has an active ministry with undergraduates, graduate students, and other University community members, with the house itself being an integral part of that ministry, providing a safe, welcoming and nourishing place for meetings, prayer and worship, studying and community. We have a community of seven residents who help to support our programming and hospitality.
The resident community
- Shares a meal with other residents twice a month
- Shares prayer with other residents twice a month
- Actively supports the hospitality of Brent House
- Participates with other residents in outreach and ministry activities with the graduate student community
Residents need not be Episcopalian or necessarily Christian, but they do need to be comfortable living in and working with a ministry that is explicitly both.
The resident facilities include a spacious single room with ample closet space and a discreet vanity sink within the room. Baths are shared with 1-3 others and guests. All utilities except telephone service are included in the monthly rent; each room is wired for its own telephone line and each resident is responsible for arranging for telephone service. Wireless internet is available throughout the house. Solid-state ceiling fans and cross ventilation in each room ensure comfort in all except the most extreme heat; for a modest monthly utilities charge, residents are allowed to use their own air-conditioners. An additional storage area in the attic is designated for each resident’s use and bike storage is allowed in the basement. Kitchen privileges, including cupboard storage and refrigerator space, are extended to residents. The living room is equipped with a television and VCR, and lounge areas in the basement and on the fourth floor provide temporary space for quiet study or relaxation when the main floor of the house is in use for programs. Rents are competitive and comparable to similar facilities in the neighborhood
For more information about the resident community, contact our chaplain, the Rev. Stacy Alan.
In addition to our House Managers, there are five other Brent House residents this year:
Olivia Bustion is a third year MDiv student at the University of Chicago. In her spare time she writes poetry.
My name is Ashley Debilzen. I am from Alexandria, Minnesota where I grew up on a small hobby farm with my parents and our little dog Buddy. I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and have my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minored in Religion and Peace Studies. Immediately after my time at Gustavus I worked at Minnewaska Area High School as a group paraprofessional for Special Education students in grades 10 through 12. I lived for a year in Nyirtelek, Hungary as part of the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program where I worked at a morning time care center for preschool-age Roma children. I am studying at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where I will pursue a Master of Arts in social administration. I absolutely love to cook, bake, run, read, spend time with family and friends, listen to music, and dance. Sharing meals with the people I love makes me the happiest and ice cream is my favorite food!
Cate Faulkner is a first year student working on her master’s in Social Services Administration. She has most recently lived in Northwest Arkansas with the Episcopal Service Corps where she was working at Community Clinic, a non-profit health center. Cate grew up in suburban Atlanta and attended Georgia Southern University where she received her BA in International Studies and Spanish. In her free time, she likes to read and enjoy the outdoors.
My name is Jamel Garrett, I’m 23, and an incoming first year attending Chicago Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters of Arts in Religious Leadership (with an emphasis in social transformation. I’m from Racine, Wisconsin (home of the Kringle), child of a single-parent mother (Ms. Garrett), and a member of the Midtown Church of Christ (Racine, Wisconsin). I have a keen perspective on inner-city life, and I intend upon furthering my education to help those areas most specifically, and people generally. I have a passion for volunteerism, reading, History, friends, and family.