The University Ministries staff consists of a diverse and well-educated group of people who are here to serve the North Park campus. Relationships are a priority for us, so even as we oversee our various program areas, we seek to do so in community and relationship with students, faculty, and staff.
TONY ZAMBLE, Director
Hometown: Because I grew up in Kumasi, Ghana, and both my parents are from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), I have two hometowns: Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Kumasi (Ghana).
Education: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the SBNM, North Park; M.Div and M.A. Counseling Psychology from Trinity International (Deerfield).
About Me: I am a family man, husband of 12 years to my wife Sandra, and father of three children, who I affectionately call “my people.” I try to the best of my ability to think and live by the Book. Although it might not be obvious, I am multicultural to the core—my parents are from the Ivory Coast, but I grew up in Ghana (sorry, US soccer fans); I speak, understand, and know the basics of languages, mostly Africans, that you probably have not heard of. Some people think I look serious while others think I am funny. I guess I am all things to all people so that I might amuse and save some.
Interests: I am into sports—although I must say I have tempered my habits quite a bit. I love soccer and high stakes sporting events—NCAA basketball, NBA (only the finals these days), football, baseball (I am still learning), the Olympics, etc. Oh, did I mention the World Cup? I love music and movies. I like to cook and entertain under the right circumstances.
Favorite Music: I have to say I have a tough time picking favorite things; this is particularly true when it comes to music. How do you pick a favorite with music when your tastes are pretty eclectic? Perhaps a helpful question might be favorite music per category. I love Jazz (classic and contemporary); musical geniuses such as Louis Armstrong, Parker, Coltrane come to mind; I also listen to classical music; love Reggae (mostly classic stuff—Marley, Culture, Third World, among many others); I also listen to Dire Straits, Phil Collins, and let me close it off with Christian music: hymns (And Can It Be?) and praise and worship (Brooklyn Tabernacle, Fred Hammond).
Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Remember the Titans, Coach Carter, Stand and Deliver, The Firm, Meet Joe Black, Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cops, Antwone Fisher, The Man in the Iron Mask, In Love and War (yes), The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty, Tsotsi, Les Miserables with Jean-Paul Belmondo (French with English subtitles), The Lion King, Madagascar (just for the kids), and let me top it off with one opera, although it is technically not a movie - The Marriage of Figaro. I told you I love movies!
Favorite TV: The Cosby Show, The Honeymooners, Hunter, Matlock, Band of Brothers, Lost, Shaka Zulu, Winnie the Pooh, and House of Mouse.
Favorite Books: The Bible, good biblical commentaries that interact with the Greek and Hebrew texts, Julius Caesar, Things Fall Apart (African Writers Series), la Carte d’Identité, Candide(Voltaire), Siddhartha (Herman Hesse).
Favorite Childhood Memory: Two come to mind: One is going to church with my dad hanging out at a local restaurant after mass. Two is sneaking into the local race tracks to watch our favorite horses.
I'd Like to Meet: I am still trying to understand this celebrity thing (pray for me). I do respect Colin Powell a great deal, but I don’t know what I would say when I meet him. Example: “Yo bro’, what’s up?” That sounds pretty lame. Obviously, I need help in this regard.
Favorite Superhero Power: It would be awesome if I could heal people of diseases and make situations right just by speaking a word or two. Come to think of it, maybe I can..
JUDY PETERSON, Campus Pastor
Judy Peterson is the campus pastor for North Park University. She comes to this role after previously serving congregations in Madison, Wisconsin and Elgin, Illinois. Judy is passionate about communicating good news in everyday language and travels across the United States speaking to audiences about how to put feet to their faith. Her passion for walking it out took the form of walking across the United States for her internship toward her Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. While the walk across the United States is how Judy first received the name "walking pastor" it is her day to day desire to walk into the lives of others that continues to make the title well deserved. Judy is happily married to Jeff Peterson.
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STEVE KELLY, Worship Arts Director
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: B.M. in Piano Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
About Me: Proud husband of 9 years to Trina Kelly, and proud father of 7 year old Stephen Marcellus. I have a passion for people, especially those that are broken and hurting. I'm excited about collaborating across cultural, social and economic backgrounds to truly embody Shalom. I'm compelled by the calling of all humanity to truly be reconciled to God and each other. I'm passionate about racial reconciliation and justice. I am a musician, and enjoy participating in serving the church through music in various capacities.
Interests: People, Family time, Mentoring and being mentored, Music, Candy, Basketball, chess, TV, boxing, basically sports of any kind, anything sweet.
Favorite Music: Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary, most contemporary gospel, Jazz, R&B, CCM, Hymns, Jazz and some Hip Hop. I love and grew up on classical music from Chopin to Rachmaninoff, Beethovan, Liszt, Grieg, Bach, and many others I cannot pronouce.
Favorite Movies: Everybody's got Shawshank and that's truly one of my favorites. The Negotiator, Sound of Music, Life, The Philadelphia Story (Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart - a must see), Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Godfather trilogy, Booty Call (with Jamie Foxx), The Score (Edward Norton), Primal Fear (Edward Norton - a must see as well), A Few Good Men, GoodFellas, Training Day, Crimson Tide, Out Of Time, actually anything Denzel Washington. And how could I forget Gladiator and Braveheart? Those are just a few of my favorites.
Favorite TV: NFL Network, SportsCenter, CNN, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Couple's Therapy, Reality TV, Boss, The Good Wife.
Favorite Books: The Cost of Discipleship, The Next Evangelicalism, Martin and Malcolm, The Irony of American History, God of the Oppressed.
Favorite Childhood Memory: Playing basketball with my five older brothers, and traveling and playing different places on piano.
I'd Like to Meet: MLK, Nelson Mandela, both of my Grandfathers.
Favorite Superhero: It has to be Superman, the only real born Superhero.
Allison Crino, Global Partnership Coordinator
More information about Allison coming. . .
AMber JIpp, Spiritual Formation Coordinator
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Terence Gadsden, Urban Outreach coordinator and Head Athletic Chaplain
Terence Gadsden, Urban Outreach Coordinator and Head Athletic Chaplain
In partnership with North Park Theological Seminary, seminary students serve at University Ministries as interns. They play vital roles in ministering to students and facilitating various programs in our department. We are grateful for the countless sacrifices they make in serving our staff and students.