Greetings from Bama Wesley!
Well, it’s about halfway through summer, and we’ll be back together in just six weeks! So, I decided to take a break from all the daily office shenanigans Jay and I are getting into to let you know about some important staff changes we’ll be making this fall.
New Associate Director
We’re excited to announce that we have hired Lucy Roberts as our new associate director! Lucy is a PhD student in Counselor Education, holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Georgia Tech . Along with her background in counseling, she has been a member of the United Methodist Church throughout her entire life, participated in the Wesley Foundation during her undergrad years at Georgia Tech, and has been a youth delegate for several years in the North Georgia Conference. She was also a leader of the Theta Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu, and the recruitment counselor for the Georgia Tech Pan-Hellenic Council. Lucy holds much of the experience and abilities that will move Bama Wesley into the next chapter of ministry at UA. With a devout and sincere faith, vast knowledge and experience in counseling, and an understanding of life on a college campus, Lucy will join our team on July 18th . Be sure and welcome her if you’re in town!
For the 2016-2017 year, our ministry area team leaders will become student ministry interns. This change comes as a result of the need for office hours and space for ministry teams. While the roles will be mostly similar to last year’s, there will be expanded responsibilities that include office and administrative work and meetings. Therefore, our five ministry team interns will be the following people:
Worship: Jamie McKelvy
Fellowship: Mallory Ivy
Discipleship: Haley Smith
Discovery/Ministry: John Austin Higginbotham
Outreach: Shelby Critcher
With one exception, the persons for these positions were decided in December of last year to allow for transition in the spring. If you are interested in being an intern in the future, we will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Intern positions in the spring semester. Stay tuned!
New Student Roles for 2016-2017
To help with the demands that come with a growing ministry (praise God!), we will also be adding a few more specific roles to the structure that will support our ministry:
Worship Leaders: Parker Erwin, David Conour
Will lead worship for Wesley.
Tailgating Coordinators: Emily Valdez, Jamie Tesh
Will coordinate tailgating on Saturdays.
Communication Coordinator: Emeline Earman
Will manage all communication, announcements, and social media.
As you can tell, we are working toward a structure that puts you—the students—in the driver’s seat of Bama Wesley. If you have questions about this, or if you have suggestions for positions or needs for the future, please contact me!
Things Happening at Wesley in July
As has been the case this summer, we will continue Tuesday night Wesley events each week. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates. During the day, Jay will be working on a variety of projects in and around the building, including moving our current offices to the apartment, our new office. If you are interested in helping, contact him. I know he’ll love some help!
Finally, I will be leaving for Wilmore, Kentucky on Wednesday, July 7th until Saturday, July 23rd . I am continuing my studies at Asbury Seminary, and will be largely out of reach during that time. If you have any needs, please refer to Jay or John during those dates.
That should just about do it for a mid-summer update. I hope you all have a fantastic break, and I look forward to seeing you all in August!