Dec 2011 01

Hey everyone! My name is Trevor Roose and I am currently a junior at Iowa State studying Mechanical Engineering.  Right now, I’m having a blast working with junior high and high school kids as the 180/Escape worship intern! Hopefully through this short bio, you can get to know a little bit more about me!

I grew up on a farm a couple miles outside of Pella, Iowa the oldest of 6 kids. My parents were/are awesome and were always pushing/living a Christian lifestyle. I really don’t remember a time when we didn’t go to church on Sunday. When I was 7 years old, I remember one night talking about Jesus with my mom and accepting him into my life. Initially, I think I knew there was something special about it but I really didn’t understand it fully. I was one of those kids that knew all of the answers in Sunday School, but really didn’t have a relationship with Christ. Fortunately, that all started to change in high school. Through different retreats, my parents, my youth pastors, and God’s grace, I began to change and actually have that relationship with Christ. Coming here to Iowa State has been a HUGE blessing. Having the Salt Company and Cornerstone has been incredible. It has been great not only for the great teaching, worship etc, but also for the awesome fellowship and accountability between believers. It truly is great to see and be apart of the work that God is doing!

As far as music goes, our family has always been a musical family, which has been great! We took part in a lot of music related activities such as choir and piano lessons. I never really was a huge fan of piano lessons (looking back I wish I was) so when I started high school, I thought the guitar would be a much “cooler” instrument to play. I bought one my freshmen year and started teaching myself how to play. Once I learned how to play, I began playing at church on a couple of the worship teams. During my senior year, we started an FCA chapter at on the local high schools. I started out on the team and later in year, began to start leading the team as the worship leader. Once I got here at Iowa State, I quickly became involved in Cornerstone and Salt Company. I started out my freshmen year, playing on the Freshmen Group (Salt Company freshmen ministry) as an electric guitar player. During the spring semester, both of the current leaders Justan Spaid and Mark Duvick decided to be apart of the Iowa City team. Since they were leaving, Josh Kerns and I were “appointed” as the leaders for the next year. Josh and I ended up leading the FG team for last portion of freshmen year and then all of sophomore year. Now here I am junior year, like I mentioned before, having an awesome time working with Escape/180!

Hopefully this has been of help letting you get a little glimpse into my life! If you ever see me around Cornerstone stop me as I would love to meet you. Escape/180 kids, I’d especially like to hang out sometime with you guys!

Dec 2011 01


I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, a hectic city with a population of 12 million people during the day and around 9 million people at night (a lot of people commute into the city from the suburbs and nearby towns). Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, which consists of distinct ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. My parents are both Christ followers and so they raised my older brother, my twin sister, and I with Christian values and examples. I am truly grateful for that. I moved to the United States in the Fall of 2000 to attend Iowa State University. At the time, I knew very little English (I learned a little bit of grammar and vocabularies from high school) and have never spoken it for more than a mere 3 sentences at most (Indonesia has its own national language, Bahasa Indonesia. So people will think you are either crazy or trying to show off if you speak English to them).

Upon arrival to the US, my brother, who had been attending Iowa State for 2 years, warned me that the city of Ames is nothing like Jakarta. “Be prepared to be bored and get used to seeing corn fields”, he said. And he was mostly right. While in college, he introduced me to Cornerstone Church. I thought the church was really fascinating because of the live band and all the other fancy stuff. But after attending it for a while, what intrigued me the most was the fact that the people who attend this church, along with the pastors, always try to live righteously (although they usually fail). And they are not ashamed to share their stories and how God’s mercy is always there to forgive them. Attending the service every weekend always helps me to put things back in perspective and to realize what truly matters in life.

I am blessed to have found a home away from home, in a small town in the middle of nowhere. I currently lead the worship team for International Friendship Connection (IFC), which focuses on reaching out to international students who come to Ames. I believe God has put me here for a bigger purpose than just earning an engineering degree from Iowa State. To Him be the glory!

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