Wanja was born in a small town called Nyeri in Kenya. She holds a Diploma in Applied Statistics and is a certified Bookkeeper. She came to the UK in 2005 and is married to Sam. They have 2 children, Ciru and Kinyash. She started working for the ELCE as the Central Office Administrator from May 2006 to July 2008, and became the Westfield House Administrator in July 2008. Since October 2012, she has split her time between Westfield House and the ELCE Central Office. In her free time, Wanja likes to spend time with her children, make jewelry, and do Jazzercise.
Hilary is a ‘Liverpool lass’. She began working at Westfield House as housekeeper in 2004. She spent the majority of her working life at Barclays Bank, though she also trained as a nurse and has held various other jobs, as well. Her favourite part of working at Westfield House is being a surrogate mum to the students, who are all her “favourites”.
Hilary loves to spend time with her dog, Jimmy, going on walks along the Cam and meeting all the other local dog owners for ‘dog nursery’. She likes ‘pottering around’ in the garden of Westfield, reading good books, and enjoying a glass of wine.
Hilary is married to Tony, who also works at Westfield House. They have one son, Richard, who lives in New Zealand.
Tony is an ‘East end of London boy’. Tony came to Westfield House in 2009 after seven years working with a friend in a Builders Fixings business. Before that, he had a long tenure with Philips Electronics as an Electronic Engineer, working both in the UK and the Netherlands, and eventually becoming the National Field Service Manager for the then newly-formed Philips Business Communications, Ltd.
He was asked to help in the construction of Luther Hall, and while working with Westfield on that project, was asked to join the team. Tony and Hilary then commuted together from their home in Earith, a small village north of Cambridge. Shortly after Tony began working, the couple were invited to move into the flat in Westfield House. They moved into the House in November 2011.
Tony enjoys working at Westfield House and taking on the many challenges that are presented to him in maintaining the buildings and grounds.
He enjoys shooting clay pigeons, is an avid reader, and loves to cook Asian food, especially Thai dishes. He is also a lifelong fan of the West Ham United Football Club.
Deaconess Ashley Prothro
Communications & Library
Ashley is a native of Friend, Nebraska, USA. She has a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology degree from Concordia Seminary in St Louis, Missouri, USA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, and between studying for her BS and MA degrees, spent 2 years serving as a missionary English teacher in the Czech Republic.
She came to Westfield House as a deaconess and deployed missionary of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in December 2013. Ashley’s husband, Jim, is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, studying New Testament exegetical theology. She gave birth to their first child, Sophia Anne, in September 2014.
Ashley enjoys reading, playing both the piano and the trumpet, gardening and cooking in her free time.