Religious Life Staff
Welcome. The Religious Life staff is made up of full-time and student staff members who are here to help you connect with your spiritual life and help you grow in your faith as you journey down your chosen path of study. ONU is related to the United Methodist Church, but we are here to help students of all faiths, or even no particular faith at all, as they explore the spiritual dimensions of college life.
Our Mission: As a Religious Life staff, we are:
Growing in Christ, Proclaiming the Good News and Reaching out in Fellowship to all.
The Rev. Dr. David E. MacDonald
David was ordained as elder in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2008. He has served churches in Niles, Marshallville, and Edison, Ohio, as well as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He is a graduate of the University of Mount Union, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as University chaplain, David coordinates Get Connected ONU, our online volunteer management system. David and his family attend Shawnee United Methodist Church in Lima, Ohio, and he is active in the Ada community. In his spare time, David likes to go camping, fishing and hiking, reading, writing haiku poetry, and taking his two dogs (Mack and Cheese) for walks around town. You might also see him driving his orange and black golfcart around Ada from time to time! David is a featured author in the new book from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace, and he will have an article forthcoming in Presence: A Journal of Spiritual Direction.
Debbie Roehrle, BSBA ’84
Advanced Administrative Assistant
Debbie joined the Religious Life staff in September 2017. She supports Chaplain David MacDonald in his work, cares for the daily activities of the Religious Life staff and leadership, and serves as the outreach coordinator for the outreach teams. Debbie is a native of Ada and a graduate of ONU. She and her husband, Rodney, are members of the Ada Presbyterian Church. Debbie has two step-daughters who are both married and have three children. Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends. In the summer she can be found at Indian Lake boating!
Kara Dilts is a management major from Fredericktown, Ohio. She loves warm weather and meeting new people. She also loves singing loudly to music in her car. She loves games and will accept any challenge for Connect 4!
Ada Friends Assistant Coordinator
Hannah is from Cincinnati, Ohio, studying management in the 3+3 Law Program. In addition to serving as Ada Friends assistant coordinator, Hannah teaches yoga on campus, is a member of the Dicke College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council, and participates in several other clubs, including Northern Christian Fellowship, Phi Alpha Delta and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, and curling up with a good book or movie.
Chapel Program Coordinator
Kasie is a mechanical engineering major from Lima, Ohio. Along with religious life, she is involved in Kappa Phi, ONU's club softball team, ONU's Women's Chorus, and the Society of Women in Engineering. She also enjoys bowling, hanging with friends and family, and watching sports.
Community Building Coordinator
Victoria is from Oberlin, Ohio. She is a senior public relations and communication studies double major with social media and arts administration minors. Victoria is a member of Kappa Phi, secretary of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), resident assistant (RA), student fundraiser for Phonathon, member of Northern Christian Fellowship (NCF), and member of the ONU Student-Led Firm. In her free time, you can always catch her with a cup of coffee and either journaling, crafting or looking at pug pictures.
Makenzie is a music composition and theory major from Celina, Ohio. Along with being the music coordinator for Religious Life staff, she is the vice president of University Singers and regularly serves on the worship team at Crossroads Church of God in Lima, Ohio. She enjoys relaxing outdoors, journaling and exploring new places.
Tech Team Coordinator
Angie is a civil engineering major from Medina, Ohio. When she's not studying in the library, she's running around campus and Ada for ONU's cross country and track team. She also is involved with the concrete canoe team on campus and loves a good pun, spending time with friends and family, watching Netflix, and reading.
Worship Arts Design Coordinator
Mackalyn is from Fayette, Ohio, and is studying youth ministry and music at ONU. In addition to being the worship arts design coordinator for Religious Life Staff, Mackalyn is a part of Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Sigma, and various music ensembles. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and reading.
Dr. David MacDonald419-772-2200
English Chapel 114
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.