About

Who We Are

A Christian Study Center is a community of students and scholars animated by the ancient ideal of integrating faith, learning, and living. Such centers have emerged at many leading universities in the U.S. and Canada in recent decades. The Michigan Christian Study Center, launched in Fall 2022, joins this growing movement. We are Christian in the broad, historically orthodox sense—described by C.S. Lewis as “mere Christianity”—based in the Bible and summarized the Apostle’s Creed. We do not advance any particular political or cultural agenda; rather, we seek to exercise a faithful and thoughtful Christian presence in U.S. public higher education.

Our Supporters

Our Strategic Vision

A fuller explanation of the Michigan Christian Study Center’s purpose and vision can be found by clicking below.

The Christian Study Center Movement

Staff

Rick Ostrander

Rick Ostrander

Executive Director

Bio

Dr. Rick Ostrander earned a B.A. in History at the University of Michigan and was a student during its 1989 NCAA Basketball Championship (thanks, Rumeal Robinson).  He went on to complete a Master’s and Ph.D. in History at the University of Notre Dame but remains a lover of all things Maize and Blue.  Rick has had a long career in higher education, serving as a professor, dean, provost, Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and vice president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.  His book, Why College Matters to God: An Introduction to Christian Learning, is widely used as a first-year college text at Christian colleges and universities.  Rick is excited to help create a new model of a Christian learning community at his beloved alma mater.

 

Heidi Lemmerhirt

Heidi Lemmerhirt

Director of Operations and Student Engagement

Bio

Heidi Lemmerhirt graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame prior to completing graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  After earning her Ph.D. in Human Genetics in 2006, Heidi taught at Eastern Michigan University before stepping away from academics for a season to be a stay-at-home mom.  During this time, she also helped lead a Bible study and discipleship program for mothers.  In 2018 she returned to the field as an online genetics tutor. She is glad to be back on Michigan’s campus and engaging with students at the MCSC. Heidi and her husband, David, attend Knox Presbyterian Church and are raising three dedicated Wolverine fans.

Lucia Flowers

Lucia Flowers

Hospitality Coordinator

Bio

Lucia Flowers is a current Michigan local and recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her Masters in Vocal Performance under Dr. Louise Toppin. She is also a proud graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where she studied under Julie Newell. Flowers spends much of her time in the performance world, recently having sung the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She often sings for Detroit Opera, most recently in Goliav’s masterpiece, Ainadamar, as the Voice of the Fountain, as well as their productions of Aida, Faust, and BLISS. She is currently performing the title role in touring production of Little Red Riding Hood, as well as singing in their opera chorus for Madama Butterfly. She began working at the Michigan Christian Study Center when it opened in 2022 and is thrilled to see the growth it has made already in its second year.  

 

Loren Berry

Loren Berry

Hospitality Coordinator and Social Media Intern

Bio

Loren Berry recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Cognitive Science. She will be continuing her education at the University of Michigan, School of Information with a Masters in User Experience Research & Design. Loren enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys going on nature walks, watching Disney movies, and taking care of plants. 

Julia Marhofer

Julia Marhofer

Hospitality Coordinator

Bio

Julia Marhofer is a Junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law Justice and Social Change. She plans to pursue Law School after undergrad. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, cooking/baking, and participating in rodeos with her horse. She attends H20 Campus church. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, and trying new things.

Brady Nichols

Brady Nichols

Hospitality Coordinator

Bio

Brady Nichols is a sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing majors in Economics and Spanish. On campus, Brady writes for the Michigan Christian Journal and attends Redeemer Ann Arbor church, among other activities. He has three younger siblings and two dogs who live with his parents in Grand Rapids, his hometown. His hobbies include reading, watching sports, and furiously debating music, movies, and other media.

Board of Directors

Bart Bryant

Bart Bryant

Bio

Bart Bryant did an M.L.S. (Library Science) at Rutgers in 1979 and an M.B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1989. After serving as a medical librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, in 1982 he went on to found Advanced Information Consultants, which served corporate libraries, and sold the company in 2000. Bart also founded ASK Services, a real estate title search company, which he sold in 2021. In 2015, with his son-in-law, Jim Mong, he planted Redeemer Ann Arbor, a church near the campus of the University of Michigan.

 Elizabeth Faremouth

Elizabeth Faremouth

Bio

Elizabeth Faremouth earned a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 1995, during which time Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy and the Fab Five forever changed college basketball. Before leaving the corporate world to raise her two children, Elizabeth worked in a variety of Marketing and Strategy roles at Goodyear Tire & and General Electric.  Elizabeth and her family live in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where she writes and leads a weekly women’s bible study in her home. Elizabeth is also an active volunteer at her children’s schools and has served on the Boards of Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ and the Study Center at the University of Virginia.

David Hazelton

David Hazelton

Bio

Dave Hazelton graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.  After clerking for a federal court of appeals in Hawaii, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he has practiced for decades.  Dave is active in “gospel justice,” serving on the boards of Cru’s humanitarian arm and a D.C.-based homeless shelter.  He also served for years as an outside pro bono counsel to the International Justice Mission and on Denver Seminary’s board of trustees.  Dave is the author of The Simplified Guide: Paul’s Letters to the Churches (Deep River Books 2013).

Rick Ostrander

Rick Ostrander

Bio

Dr. Rick Ostrander earned a B.A. in History at the University of Michigan and was a student during its 1989 NCAA Basketball Championship (thanks, Rumeal Robinson).  He went on to complete a Master’s and Ph.D. in History at the University of Notre Dame but remains a lover of all things Maize and Blue.  Rick has had a long career in higher education, serving as a professor, dean, provost, Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and vice president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.  His book, Why College Matters to God: An Introduction to Christian Learning, is widely used as a first-year college text at Christian colleges and universities.  Rick is excited to help create a new model of a Christian learning community at his beloved alma mater.

Janet Tang

Janet Tang

Bio

Janet Tang received her B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College and M.Div. from Regent College.  Between these courses of study, she spent time exploring paths as varied as global mission work with YWAM in Europe to infectious disease research in Chicago.  After having five kids, she embarked on the unexpected vocation of being a homeschool mom, which has been her most gratifying work.  Living in Ann Arbor for over twenty years has afforded her family rich connections in the community and with the University of Michigan, most recently as campus advisor with CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Associations), where she works with dental students, medical students, residents and faculty.