Waldock Hall was completed in 1990 as part of an expansion project to accommodate the growing student population following Dr. John MacArthur’s arrival as President of the school in 1985. The hall is named after Dr. Frederick W. Waldock. He and his wife, Dorothy, were pioneering missionaries in northern India for almost forty years. He was a frequent speaker at the school’s mission conference, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to missions. Waldock Hall was renovated in 2018 with new furnishings, fixtures, flooring and paint.\
What is Waldock Hall like?
Waldock is a two-story building in a wide V shape. In the middle of both floors are lounges with great views of Placerita Canyon. The Resident Director apartment is in the middle of the second story.
The dorm is divided into four wings, two per floor of 10-11 rooms with a large, central shower and restroom area on each floor. Laundry facilities are on the first floor. Each room is fully furnished for two students including beds, built-in shelving, drawers, closet space, desks, and an individual heater/air-conditioner unit. The wings are generally referred to as “Upper-East,” “Upper-West,” “Lower-East,” and “Lower-West.”
Waldock’s sister dorm is Dixon Hall.
Three words to describe Waldock:
Devoted. Assorted. New.
Serg’s Pancake Saturdays: a spontaneous event that Serg announces by writing on his board, then passed around by word of mouth. Serg opens his apartment in the morning for pancakes and lets the guys make food under his guidance. Often, they’ll have music or a movie playing while they fellowship and have an easy-going Saturday morning together.
Pumpkin Carving: an old tradition with their sister dorm, Dixon. Students have one hour to carve a pumpkin to the best of their ability. When time is up, tea lights are lit inside. As the RDs vote, they blow out the candles one by one. The last pumpkin with a lit candle is the winner. Fellowship and pie follow. Annual Family Pie Night: an event that started last year. Serg opens his kitchen to anyone who wants to make pies that they eat later with hot drinks (think cider, hot cocoa, and coffee). The guys dress up the way they would for a holiday at home, or with funny ugly Christmas sweaters. Towards the end of the evening, they put up the Christmas decorations, play games and music, and hang out together.
Christmas Caroling: a long-standing tradition of Waldock’s where they go Christmas caroling with Dixon. They sing to the on-campus family and then travel to the neighborhood to help others get into the Christmas spirit. This year, they will be ending the night with hot chocolate and a visit to Candy Cane Lane, a popular neighborhood that decorates their whole cul-de-sac with Christmas lights.
Coco y Coco con Tio Kenny: also a newer tradition. It’s a spring event where the guys watch the movie Coco with Tio Kenny (Ken Piester who is on staff) with cocoa and donuts. The goal is for the guys to know that they are cared for beyond the office and get to hang out with Tio Kenny.
What a Year: a combined party with Dixon where the RDs give out paper plate awards, ranging from humorous to serious. It’s a chance for the dorm leadership to show their gratitude to each other and to the dorm for the year. They enjoy burgers, a water balloon toss, fellowship around and in the pool, corn hole, and giant Jenga.
Sergio ArechigaResident Director
Sergio completed The Master’s University undergraduate music program in 2015. Shortly thereafter, God presented the opportunity to serve on Resident Life staff as Off-Campus Director for 2 years and as of 2017, Resident Director in Waldock Hall. Currently working towards an MABC degree, Sergio loves few things more than to serve and lead the students towards loving God and loving people.
B.A. Music, The Master’s University. Joined TMU in 2015
Favorite Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
All things music (both performing and listening), traveling, learning new ideas, and hobbies.