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Meet the Administration Department

The Office Administration Department seeks to create an environment of grace within the Student Government Association and Student Missionary Union offices by maximizing external and internal communication and empowering the staff through encouragement and service.



Hear from Administration Director, Jillian Axelson

What is your Department's Vision this Year?

Our department’s vision is to provide a friendly and productive work space for SMU and SGA. Our goal is to welcome each person that walks into the office and provide them with solutions to any questions they may have. The Great Commission centers our staff and reminds us why we do what we are doing. By serving at Biola on SMU staff we are able to participate in aiding in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Department Bible Verse: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

- Matthew 28:16-20

Prayer Requests:

  • Peace and discernment with the next steps at Biola


Why Missions? Why SMU?

Hear from the Team:
"I am involved in SMU because of the mission statement and pushing other students to care about being sent out. Striving to fulfill the great commission and doing that alongside other Biola students is such a privilege. Although this department is not being sent out, the administrative support we provide aids in these efforts."

-Jillian Axelson, Administration Director

"I work for SMU because I care that the resources that SMU has go to support people who will best benefit from them. I care for the work that SMU does because they provide a space for students to develop leadership skills. Biola’s endorsement of SMU is a statement about their care for the future of missions."

- Mel Schuhler, Office Assistant

"I work for SMU because I love supporting everyone that is working to make missions happen and spread the love of Jesus."

- Addi Bangs, Office Assistant

"I work for SMU because I love what we stand for and our mission. It may not always play out perfectly, but we work hard to keep Jesus at the center of everything and it shows through the atmosphere."

- Drew Dinaso, Office Assistant

"I work for SMU because I love being a resource to people. It is a joy to serve people who work hard to spread the love of Jesus both locally and globally."

- Virtue Mpieri, Office Assistant

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