Campus Ministry Leaders

Campus Ministry seeks to support the spiritual and religious needs of the entire College community with the help of these student leaders and Campus Ministers. If you are a current CSS student and are interested in becoming a student leader, our hiring process opens in March. We invite you to come and find out more about us. All are welcome.

Professional Staff

Lori Barnsto

Lori Barnstorf
Admin Asst, Campus Ministry
Office: T20A
Phone: 218-723-5933
Email: lbarnsto@css.edu

Jessica Ellingson

Jessica Ellingson
Interim Dir, Campus Ministry
Office: T20C
Phone: 218-723-6604
Email: jellingson@css.edu

Beth Kaiser

Beth Kaiser
Coord., Liturgy & Music
Office: T20B
Email: bkaiser1@css.edu

Nathan Langer

Nathan Langer
Campus Minister
Office: T20
Email: nlanger@css.edu

Sister Lisa Maurer
Campus Minister
Office: T20B
Email: lmaurer2@css.edu

Fr. John Petrich

Chaplain

Student Leaders

Brianna Gerold

Major/Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Elk River, MN Expected Graduation: 2019
Spirituality: Catholic Club: Christian Student Community
Why did you chose to be a Campus Ministry Student Leader?
The Campus Ministry community was always a place I felt comfortable and really helped me grow. I choose to be a leader to build the Christian student community and grow with those around me.
What is one unique thing about you?
I love to crochet!


Riley Beskar

Major: Biology
Hometown: Mahtomedi, MN Expected Graduation: 2021
Spirituality: Catholic Club: CSS Catholic
What is your favorite scripture passage?
Proverbs 3:5-6
What is one unique thing about you?
"I am on a waterski team in the summer."


Annika Vanstrum

Major: Nursing Annika
Hometown: St. Paul, MN Expected Graduation: 2021
Spirituality: Catholic Position: CSS Catholic
Why did you choose the major that you did? What is your dream job?
I chose nursing as my major because I love helping people. My dream job is to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. 
What is your favorite quote?
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Reid Peterson

Major/Minor: Biochemistry with minors in Catholic Studies and Political Science Reid
Hometown: Blaine, MN Expected Graduation: 2021
Spirituality: Catholic Club: Christian Student Community
Why did you chose to be a Campus Ministry Student Leader?
I decided to be a CM leader to help CSS students maintain their spiritual life and help them open their eyes to the beauty of Christ!
What is your favorite scripture passage?
"What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" -Micah 6:8


Cassie Dee

Major/ Minor: Biology/Spanish Cassie Dee
Hometown: Elk River, MN Expected Graduation: 2020
Spirituality: Christian Club: Christian Student Community, Benedictine Friends

Why did you choose to be a Campus Ministry Student Leader?
All the leaders in Campus Ministry are extremely inviting and kind and I want to grow in my faith with others.
Why did you choose the major that you did? What is your dream job?
I have always been interested in the medical field, and I want to help people, physically and spiritually. My dream job is to be a travel nurse in Central and South America.

Anna Dusek

Major/Minor: Math
Hometown: Floodwood,MN Expected Graduation: 2020
Spirituality: Christian Club: Christian Student Community
What is your favorite animal?
I LOVE TURTLES. I AM A TURTLE ENTHUSIAST.
Who do you look up to most in life, why?
I think my greatest strength is thinking through problems and listening to multiple views.

Sydney Dahl

Major: Health Humanities, Psychology, Peace & Justice
Hometown: Emmons, MN Expected Graduation: 2021
Spirituality: Lutheran Club: Program Assistant
who do you admire/look up to in life? Why?
I admire my sister the most, because she has taught me to love spontaneous adventures, care for others, work hard, and be myself.
What is your favorite scripture passage?
"From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace." John 1:16

Andrea Brenny

Major/Minor: Nursing/ Psychology Andrea
Hometown: St. Francis, MN Expected Graduation: 2020
Spirituality: Catholic Club: Christian Student Community
Why did you choose to be a Campus Ministry Student Leader?
I wanted to get more involved.
What is your favorite quote?
"Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people..." -The Breakfast Club

Ashley Benesh

Major/Minor: Business Management Ashley
Hometown: St. Cloud, MN Expected Graduation: 2019
Spirituality: Catholic Club: CSS Catholic
Why did you choose your major/dream job?
I would like to become an entrpreneur and own my own business. In all the jobs I've had, management has treated their employees as less than them. As my own boss, I want to change that mentality and work with my employees, showing them the same respect as I desire. 
What is your favorite scripture passage?
John 3:16

Jill Schoenecker

Major: Nursing                                  Hometown: New Prague                      Spirituality: Catholic Jill
Expected Graduation: 2019 Club: ABE

What is one unique thing about you? 
I cannot whistle! 

Why did you choose to be a CM Student Leader?

As a CM Student Leader, I work with the ABE program and get to provide opportunities for students to participate in service and immersion trips across the country and world!