Hotchkiss Hall was the first dorm constructed when the university moved to its current location in the 1960’s. It was dedicated on April 30, 1965 to Dr. Herbert Hotchkiss, “No man ever deserved to be memorialized in connection with an educational institution more than Herbert Hotchkiss.”
Herbert Hotchkiss came to Los Angeles Baptist Seminary in fall of 1947 from Pennsylvania at the invitation of Dr. Milton Fish, the new Dean of the Seminary. The school had just started to broaden its courses into liberal arts degree work, but it was a time of great financial challenge for the school and the Board of Directors considered merging the school with another seminary or even closing the school over the summer of 1947. However, partially because of a letter from Hotchkiss, the board reconsidered and decided to move forward with another school year. Hotchkiss was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at commencement ceremonies in 1952.
What is Hotchkiss Hall like?
Hotchkiss Dorm is a two-story building in the shape of an “H”. Between the two sides of rooms are a central lounge on the first story and two apartments for the Resident Directors on the second story. There are eight wings, four men’s and four women’s, divided by the lounge on the first floor and by the Resident Directors’ apartments on the second. The wings of 12 rooms are equipped with a large central shower and restroom area on each floor. Laundry facilities are on the first floor of the lounge. Each room is fully furnished for two students including beds, built-in shelving, drawers, closet space, and desks. And each room has an individual heater/air-conditioner unit. The wings are referred to as “Upper-Back,” “Lower-Back,” “Upper-Front,” and Lower-Front.”
Three words to describe Hotchkiss:
Family. Tradition. Heart.
Apple Pie Night: an evening when a small team from Hotchkiss makes roughly 60-70 pies and the whole dorm gets together to eat them with vanilla ice cream. They collect apples as a dorm for weeks leading up to it. Normally it’s held on Jess’s deck, but this year, they are moving it to “The Hotchyard.”
Hotchkiss Luau: the final dorm event at Dockweiler Beach, every April, where they play games, have a sand castle competition, grill, make s’mores, and crown the Hotchkiss King and Queen.
Andrew CopleyMen's Resident Director
Andrew is from Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Carly, moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to be trained for ministry at The Master’s Seminary. Andrew and Carly have a passion for missions, teaching, and discipleship. In the future, they would like to minister to unreached people groups. Andrew graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with a BA in Spanish Literature and in 2016 with an MA in English. Carly is currently working on a BA in Biblical Counseling. Andrew enthusiastically approaches his ministry at TMU and loves getting to know his students in Hotchkiss Hall.
B.A. Spanish Literature, M.A. English, Eastern Washington University, Joined TMU in 2017
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:29
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Andrew loves spending time with his wife! They enjoy going on hikes, reading the classics, and finding new coffee shops. Andrew enjoys biking, unicycling, sports, anything outside, and anything with people.
Jessica RosenbaumWomen's Resident Director
Jessica moved to California in 2014 to attend TMU and earned a BA in Biblical Counseling in May of 2016. She moved from Cleveland, OH where she was (and still is) a proud Clevelander and dedicated sports fan. She lived in Hotchkiss as a student and is blessed and humbled to be back as its Resident Director. She has a passion for God’s Word and a desire to help others apply it to their lives, especially those who are going through trials. She has seen the Lord’s faithfulness in her life time and time again, most prominently in allowing her to be a student, and now an employee of TMU. Her life was significantly shaped by the older woman in her life when she was 18, and she’s beyond excited to minister to the women in Hotchkiss.
B.A. Biblical Studies, The Master’s University. Joined TMU in 2016
Favorite Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Jessica loves spending time with friends, reading, coffee, playing softball or basketball, and watching Netflix (unashamedly).