Pete Williamson is InterVarsity’s Team Leader, which means he oversees the ministry with graduate students at Harvard. When you meet him, you might stare awkwardly as you try to place his accent. Let me save you the embarrassment: he’s a Kiwi! Growing up in New Zealand, Pete studied physics and biblical languages (who says religion and science don’t mix?) and taught high school science before coming to Harvard Divinity School, where he received an MDiv. If you see someone flying around Cambridge on his bike with a bright yellow pannier, it could be a thousand people, but it could also be Pete. He works most closely with students at Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School. He and his wife, Kelly, have two boys, Malachi and Jude, and one dog, Wicket. They live in Davis Square and Pete serves as a Deacon at Church of the Cross, an Anglican church in Fenway.
Susan Park is the Area Director for the InterVarsity team in Boston, which means that she oversees the campus ministers at Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Northeastern, and several other universities in the area. (Although obviously we in the Harvard team are her favorite!) She grew up outside of Chicago and then came to Cambridge to attend MIT for undergrad, where she met Jesus and became passionate about doing ministry with students. Susan has been on staff with InterVarsity for many years and has counseled people through every imaginable issue with her characteristic warmth and humor. Even though she has her hands full trying to keep rowdy campus ministers in line, she is available to meet with students, too, so if you are struggling in some way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her. Susan lives with Danny, her husband, and Isaac and Sam, her two children, in Cambridgeport, and they attend Highrock Church in Arlington.
David Heckendorn grew up in Seattle, studied in California, earned an Economics degree and a Stanford MBA, and then left the Silicon Valley to smuggle Bibles behind the Iron Curtain- until the wall came down. He lived in Europe for ten years, returning to the USA with a wife (Roselle) and three children (John Henry, Marianna, Peter). Thereafter he worked in industry, marketing medical devices and services, developing and launching two new-to-planet devices. He enjoys playing and coaching soccer, and snow and water sports, and hiking and biking- in moderation. Roselle also volunteers with IV. At Harvard, he wants to get to know graduate students from around the world – particularly any who have never heard that Jesus loves them.
Michael Greene has been on InterVarsity staff since 1993. He works with medical/dental and public health students as well as international researchers and scholars in the Longwood Medical Area. Michael’s early interests in medicine were sparked in part by the family’s pediatrician, who welcomed his natural curiosity and questions during office visits. Michael brings this spirit of inquiry and wonder to Scripture study, and loves helping others dig deeper into the Word, whether they are well-versed or exploring for the first time. Michael has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell, and before coming on staff with IV pastored a rural New England church. He also holds an MEd with a concentration in Language, Literacy and Culture, and teaches international students full-time at MCPHS Univ. His other active pursuits include running, woodworking and playing the violin. Michael and his wife Carol are members of Park Street Church (where Michael first began to more fully understand and embrace the grace of Jesus while in high school) and they live in Watertown with their youngest daughter Katherine.
Jeff Barneson has been ministering to graduate students and faculty at Harvard since 1983 (!), back when face time meant talking to someone over coffee. He graduated as an engineer but felt God’s call to the campus, which took him from the palm trees of Stanford University to the frigid winters of Cambridge, MA. Along the way, he completed an MTh at Denver Seminary and an MC/MPA at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An avid cyclist, Jeff is known to ride his bike all the way to our retreat center at Toah Nipi, which is a cool 60 miles from his house. He works with students at Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife, Tara, and two boys, Zach and Ezra, in Cambridgeport. They worship, learn and serve as part of Pentecostal Tabernacle in Central Square.
Jeff Banks joined the InterVarsity team at Harvard in 2017. “Hold on,” you might say, “another Jeff B.? That’s super confusing!” It would be, but this Jeff B.’s third-grade baseball coach ingeniously coined the nickname, Banksy, which has resurfaced to save the day. Banksy studied English literature at Davidson College and imagined that he would teach the Great Books while wearing a tweed jacket and smoking a pipe, but he found tweed itchy and a pipe unpalatable. So God sent him to Columbia Theological Seminary and then on to l’Abri Fellowship and Trinity Fellows Academy, where he developed a love for hospitality, community, and volleyball. Now he works with students at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Harvard Graduate School of Education. In his spare time, he watches soccer, plays guitar, and tries to make his little daughter, Nora, laugh. He and Anna, his wife, go to Church of the Cross in Fenway.
Ryan Yi ministers to students and families at Harvard Business School, joining the InterVarsity Team in the fall of 2019. Ryan grew up in Northeast Ohio and is an ardent, and often depressed, Cleveland sports fan. He went to Dartmouth College, graduating with a B.A. in religion, finding Christ and Christian community amidst the snow, moose, and fraternities. Ryan came to Boston for his M.Div at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he served as a pastor at Highrock Arlington and Highrock Quincy for ten years. Ryan also serves as an Air Force Chaplain at the Rhode Island Air National Guard. He has worked as a hospital Chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the ICU and Cancer units. Currently, he is finishing his D.Min at Fuller Theological Seminary, focusing on Christian meditative disciplines, and mentoring. He lives with his wife, Jodi, a 2nd-grade teacher at Park Street School, and their peach-colored Maltipoo named Zoe. They worship together at Highrock Church in Quincy, MA.