Shannon Balram: Assistant Director of Residence Life | Ocean View Resident Director

Shannon Balram

Contact Information
  • Email: sbalram@westmont.edu
  • Office Phone: (805) 565-6368
  • Office Location: Ocean View #11 and Kerrwood Hall (2nd Floor)
Getting to Know Shannon

Education: B.A. in Bible and Theology, Lee University; M.A. in Theological Studies, Lee University

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

How did you end up at Westmont? When I reflect on the dynamic journey that brought me to Westmont, I cannot help but acknowledge the sovereign grace of God. After completing my master’s degree both my husband and I felt called to live out practical ministry, and we had no idea how that vision would be fulfilled. Thus through much prayer, God led both my husband and I to Westmont where we could mentor and care for students faithfully. Westmont was an answer to prayer and has been a place that we both are able to fulfill our personal callings.

Favorite thing about Westmont? I love the students of Westmont. They bring so much joy to my life and I find myself blessed by their authentic care for one another in community. They are brilliant, passionate, and inspiring people.

Favorite college memory? Meeting my husband Denzyl; mattress surfing in the stairwells; Starbucks study sessions debating theology; white water rafting; cliff jumping; dominating in both intramural football and ultimate frisbee.

Favorite book(s) in your library? A few of my favorites: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd; Theology of Hope by Jurgen Moltmann; Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts; Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom; Theology from the Belly of the Whale by Joerg Rieger.

What is your favorite thing to do away from Westmont? I love to go running by the beach, visit old bookstores, people watch on the boardwalk, play sand volleyball, and drink coffee with good friends.

Where is a place that you like to vacation? I love to vacation to cities or countries I have never visited before; places that are completely new to me and that will offer a new experiences with a twist of adventure.