Slight Hall was established in Fall 1978, finished in time for the semester. The hall was named in honor of the long-time chairman of the Board of Directors, Ralph S. Slight. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Baptist Seminary in 1946 and was named chairman in 1947. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree the same year at commencement exercises. He served the school faithfully in that capacity long into Dr. Dunkin’s term as president. He led the school through many changes such as moving the campus to Placerita Canyon in 1960, as well as much of the initial development of that property. He did so until his resignation from the board when his family moved to northern California in 1970.
What is Slight Hall like?
Slight is a two-story building with apartment-style dorm rooms. It is laid out in five apartments per wing on both floors. The Resident Director lives in one of the apartments on “Lower-Front”. Another apartment on “Lower-Front” is designated as the Off-Campus Lounge where students can do homework, have jam sessions, watch movies, and much more. Each apartment is divided into a big, front room for three or four students and a small, side room for two students, each with its own air-conditioner. Each apartment has its own spacious shower and restroom. The wings are normally referred to as “Upper-Back,” “Lower-Back,” “Upper-Front,” and “Upper-Back.”
Slight’s sister dorm is Sweazy Hall.
Three words to describe Slight:
Chill. Diverse. Pancakes.
Mancakes: a weekly event intended to encourage fellowship in Slight once a week over fresh-made pancakes. They offer cooking opportunities for whoever on campus would like to participate. The goal is to teach the men how to serve others and enjoy fellowshipping.
Slight/Sweazy Beach Day: an event at the beginning of the Fall Semester with the intent to start the year off with brother-sister unity. Typically, they go to Carpentaria and enjoy the waves, volleyball, spike-ball, and hanging out together.
Ritz Blitz: a Spring Semester, formal, brother-sister event. Slight and Sweazy dress up for an evening where they enjoy group games such as murder mysteries and game shows, fellowship, and hors-de ’oeuvres.
John ThomsonResident Director
John is a native to Santa Clarita. After spending a year away in Oregon studying ministry, he came back with a passion for the church. He worked several jobs as he completed his B.A. in Psychology online through Liberty University. Prior to TMU, he worked at a local private school teaching fourth grade as he planned to pursue his M.A. in Education. Simultaneously to pursuing his career in Education, he applied to seminary knowing that God has gifted him for ministry. He made the switch in January 2016 to begin his seminary education. In the process, he heard about the potential opportunity to work as a Resident Director at TMU. He joined TMU in 2016 and is in process to complete his Master of Divinity at TMS. He is excited for the opportunity to disciple the young men of Slight Hall as they walk together, daily pursing a deeper love for the Lord, His Word, and His people.
B.A. Psychology, Liberty University, M. Div, The Master’s Seminary (in progress). Joined TMU in 2016
Favorite Verse: Ephesians 2:4-7
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
John enjoys things active and things creative. Hiking and rock climbing are two of his favorite physical activities while cooking and sketching satisfy his creative side. What he enjoys most is learning new things about Scripture, life, people, etc. A good cup of coffee and a good conversation is his favorite way to spend free time.