The Office of Spiritual Formation is undergoing several changes in staffing. Rachel Hunka, former administrator of life groups, left the office as of Christmas break, and Liz Hehman, program director, will depart sometime this semester.
Programming should not be affected by the staff changes.
One of Hunka’s responsibilities was managing life groups, and Tonya Hershberger has stepped into the role for the semester.
Hunka is now a stay-at-home mom and preparing for the birth of her second daughter.
Liz Heman will also be leaving due to the fact that her husband, former head football coach Eric Hehman, was recently hired by Olivet Nazarene University. The timeline for her departure is still uncertain.
“I will be leaving at some point this semester. I’m not sure if it will be just after spring break or at the end of the semester. Some of it has to do with what works for [my] family,” said Hehman.
Hehman said she is looking forward to the adventure God is leading her and her family into; she is excited that God is writing on this blank page and she is along for the ride. The anticipation does not make her departure without sorrow, however.
“I will miss the students and specifically the students that I work closely with. It has just been wonderful and those relationships mean a lot to me. I will miss the work here. I absolutely love working in this office with my colleagues and seeing students grow and develop,” said Hehman.
Hehman will remain active after the move.
“I have a feeling I will be working on a house and then I’m leaning towards going to graduate school,” said Hehman.
Linda Leon, director of spiritual formation, said the office is preparing for the changes required to fill Hunka’s and Hehman’s positions.
Leon also said the office is planning to maintain the current level of staffing and SFO content Malone currently has. This would mean approving the renewal of Hehman’s and Hunka’s positions so candidates can be found.
“The plan is to ask for the positions to continue. We will have to await the process for that approval and then, once approved, find candidates. [Hunka’s position] oversees life groups and life groups account for over 60 percent of all SFOs each semester,” said Leon.
Cathy Weyand is a Staff Writer for The Aviso