Staff

Paul Brandes

Paul Brandes (’11) serves as Chaplain at Sterling College, providing leadership to the Spiritual Life department. He is passionate about the introducing students to the way of Jesus through chapel and other offerings. He holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Sterling College. Prior to serving as Chaplain, Paul was on staff as an Executive Pastor at Christ Community Church in Kansas City.
 

Rebecka Vessey

A Sterling College alumnus, Rebecka grew up in Western Samoa as a missionary kid,  and has spent a portion of her adult life living in the UK, and a variety of different States following her husband in his educational pursuits and work.  However, Sterling Kansas has become the place she considers her American “home”;  and it is a place where her six children have found a place to thrive.
 

Aaron Weber

Aaron Weber comes to Sterling College as the Director of Development. In this role, Weber will spend much of his time on field fundraising working towards a successful annual giving program as well as capital campaigns and special project gifts. He also provides leadership in advancing the annual giving programs as a part of a structured strategic plan.

Morgan Elzinga

Morgan Elzinga is currently the head women’s soccer coach. She comes to Sterling from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, an NCAA Division II school where she spent one season as the assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
 
Elzinga began her collegiate coaching career as the graduate assistant women's soccer coach at her alma mater, Trinity International University in Chicago. She helped turn the team from a 6-12-1 record to a 14-7-1 record and a trip to the NCCAA national tournament.
 

Estephany Moncada

Estephany is a Honduran born raised in California. It was living in the city that opened her eyes to the hardships that people are presented with in life. It was the homelessness, the poverty, and stories of the abuse people suffered that instigated a desire within her to do justice for others. This passion led Estephany to major in pre-law while at Sterling; She hopes to continue her education in law school in the future. 

Scott Downing

Scott Downing ’79 is Sterling’s vice president for athletics. In his role at Sterling, Downing’s responsibilities include providing the strategic vision for Warrior Athletics and fundraising support to allow Sterling to consistently compete for championships. He provides long-range planning for Warrior Athletics and ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the operation of the athletic programs. Downing oversees an athletic department that features 18 teams and over 300 student-athletes.
 

Jason Briar

Jason Briar ’99 serves as the vice president for Student Life. In this role, he directs all Student Life programming and coordination of personal services and programs related to the College’s student development efforts.  He will set the strategic direction for Student Life programs and will make recommendations on related policies.
 
Prior to coming to Sterling College, Jason has been in public education both as a teacher and administrator for the past 18 years, most recently served as Fairfield (Langdon, Ks) Middle & High School Principal.

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