Campus Life

Chaplain's Office

Mars Hill is a liberal arts university. Its defining Christian commitment reflects the 150+ years of its Baptist tradition. Our mission in Campus Ministry is to provide a safe place for students to share what is going on in their lives, and to help students, faculty, and staff integrate faith and learning. The many service, worship, and fellowship times provide opportunities to apply classroom learning to daily living. Here you will discover students and their mentors joining together to explore ways to put faith in action.

Through the chaplain’s office we sponsor weekly Crossroads services, involve students in the Christian Student Movement, provide pastoral counseling and guidance to the college community, and participate in positive relationships with congregations and agencies who support our mission.

As you browse the rest of the site you will discover more of what we do and how we might be helpful to you. As always, we invite you to stop by and visit with us in Bentley Fellowship Hall!

Staff Stephanie McleskeyRev. Stephanie McLeskey

University Chaplain


Andrew Hoots

Assistant Chaplain

Andrew Hoots completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion, with a double major in psychology, at Campbell University in May 2010. After graduating with his bachelor's degree, Andrew married his high school sweetheart, Valerie, who also graduated from Campbell in May 2010. He graduated from Campbell University Divinity School in May 2014 where he earned his Master of Divinity. Andrew has served in two churches in the area of youth ministry, FBC Erwin and The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, NC. He has also worked in the Office of the First Year Experience with first-year students at Campbell University. After working both in ministry with middle and high school students and at a collegiate level with first-year students, Andrew felt that his calling was in ministry to college students. He currently works at Mars Hill University as the assistant chaplain where he serves college students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Andrew has a passion for teaching and learning from young adults, but most of all, he enjoys building lasting relationships with these individuals through his ministry. In his spare time, Andrew's hobbies include reading, running obstacle races, whitewater rafting, hiking, and playing with his two month old son, Isaac. Andrew, Valerie, and Isaac currently reside in Weaverville, NC.


Staff Debra AlexanderDebra Alexander

Campus Ministry Associate
(828) 689-1128

Debra Alexander graduated from Mars Hill College through the adult Continuing Education Program receiving a BA degree in Music in 1992. Her youngest son, Timothy Worley, graduated from Mars Hill in 2002 with a psychology degree and oldest son, Jason Worley, attended Mars Hill for two years. She is the proud grandmother to Sadie Danielle born in August 2003 and Robert Henry born August 2006. She worked ten years in a Southern Baptist church as Minister of Music/Education and has been employed in Campus Ministry at Mars Hill since June 1996. Her therapeutic passion is pottery. After enrolling in the basic pottery class at MHU in 1999 she now has her own wheel and kiln and has two public sales a year. Her office also serves as her pottery gallery. Debra is a Kindermusik Educator, teaching "Our Time" toddlers ages 1-3 1/2.