Staff and LEadership Council

The staff and Leadership Council of CCM work together to provide a unique experience for the Newman Community to grow in faith together. Get to know those who serve you!  

  • Nate ediger, M.A.


    ​ Nate has been a Campus Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland since 2013. He began serving the Newman Community at Ashland University, his alma mater, in the fall of 2015. Nate hopes to help students at AU aspire to a fuller realization of Christian discipleship characterized by "two essential elements: conversion and mission" (Pope Francis, Nov. 22, 2014). While his office is located in the Lower Chapel, more often than not you won't find him there - he much prefers to be sharing faith and life with students, faculty, and staff all around campus!

    Nate and his wife Jen met at AU in 1996. They were married in July of 1999 and have since been blessed with four amazing children: Sophia, Chloe, Paxon, and Megan. A grace-filled journey of faith through various Protestant traditions (Mennonite, Southern Baptist, and Lutheran) eventually brought Nate and his family into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2013. Beyond family-life and campus ministry, Nate enjoys recreational activities (basketball, tennis, kayaking, hiking, etc.), reading, watching sports, and consuming far too much coffee and ice cream.

    Nate is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University (B.A. in Religion). He spent six years working as a job foreman for a residential building contractor before returning to AU from 2003-2005 as a non-traditional student in the Bachelors Plus Program for Teacher Education. From 2005-2013, Nate served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland. In May of 2018, he received the degree of  M.A. in Theology from Walsh University. 

  • Elizabeth Paydo


    Elizabeth is from Wadsworth, OH and is excited to support the Catholic Campus Ministry team. Elizabeth will be spending time on campus meeting with students and helping them understand and learn about their God-given talents to serve Ashland University and the Catholic Church. She will also be spending time coordinating small groups, coaching students through discipleship formation, and helping train upcoming leaders in the Catholic Campus Ministry community! She is also working on starting her own business from home to improve the placement of foster children. Elizabeth greatly enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping, hiking, and doing water and snow sports. She also loves spending time with her friends and family. 


    Elizabeth graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2020 with majors in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management. She graduated in 2021 with her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Project Management. While in college, Elizabeth served as the Student Campus Ministry for Catholic Campus Ministry and found her true passion serving students in the art of discipleship and faith formation ministry.

  • Patrick Brennan

    Liturgy Chair

    Patrick is a Junior majoring in Integrated Social Studies Education, and is from Catonsville Maryland. As a part of the Newman, Patrick helps set up the Masses, while also participating in general Newman planning. Patrick is a member of the Rock Climbing club, and is an avid disabled sports participant.

  • Sophia Ediger

    Social Co-Chair

    Sophia is a freshman Nursing major from Ashland, Ohio. She coordinates social activities for Newman: outings such as scavenger hunts and on campus gatherings, like game and movie nights. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Sophia is excited to join Leadership Council and is looking forward to helping facilitate more meaningful connections and deeper relationships with members of the Newman community. 

  • Noah Metzger

    Social Co-Chair

    Noah is a sophomore from Ashland, OH and is double majoring in Business administration and Applied Communications. Some of Noah’s favorite hobbies are powerlifting, fishing, and watching sports (specifically football and wrestling). Noah also attended Catholic school from k-8th grade at St. Edward in Ashland.

  • Adelyn reef

    Service & Justice Chair

    Adelyn is a freshman from Ashland, Ohio and is majoring in nursing. She is currently an STNA at The Good Shepherd Nursing home and a freshman volleyball coach at Ashland High School. She aspires to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Adelyn finds great joy in leading and serving others and feels called to help those in need. She coordinates service events for Newman. 

  • mckenna woodruff

    Faith Formation Chair

    McKenna is a sophomore majoring in Dietetics with a minor in Chemistry. She is originally from Wakeman, OH and has two younger sisters. McKenna is a member of the track and field team at Ashland and is also the service and fundraising chair of the Student Dietetics Association. She works on campus as tour guide and also serves as the Upper Room small group leader. She also works to coordinate and organize all small groups and retreats through the Newman community. 

  • Fr. John Mulhollan


    Father John Mulhollan is the current Chaplain of the AU Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, as well as Administrator of St. Peter Catholic Church in Loudonville, Ohio.  Originally from near Sharon Center, Ohio, Father John was ordained in 2016 and has served the people of the Diocese of Cleveland as Parochial Vicar at St. Basil the Great Church, Brecksville, Ohio and St. Francis de Sales Church, Akron (Portage Lakes), Ohio. 

    Prior to ordination, Father John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University, and Law degree from the Moritz College of Law (Ohio State), as well as M. Div. and M.A. degrees from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, Wickliffe, Ohio.  He practiced law for 14 years as an attorney for an international AV- rated law firm and served several Catholic healthcare and related organizations.   Father John’s experiences include ministering to students at Case Western Reserve University, parish renewal retreats, youth groups, and helping others to grow in their knowledge of Catholic teachings across a variety of life situations.