CSF STAFF

click on any of the names below to learn a little more about that staff member

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AMY THORNBERRY

AmyWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Synergy Team
  • Discipleship Team
  • Big Red Lawn Care
  • Personal masseuse to Lauren Colburn, Devon Freeman, Bethany Tolle

Hometown
Nicholasville, KY (Home to Jarrod Polson)

Degree
Writing and Communications

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Get lunch with Beyonce
  • High five George W. Bush (again)
  • Write a book
  • Eat a corn dog with Lauren Colburn and Julie Andrews on the Ellen DeGeneres show
  • Build my own house
  • Own a truck
  • Sing karaoke with Carrie Underwood
  • Go 300+ MPH with John Force in a Funny Car
  • Own a freaking Pug!

“Most Annoying” List

  • Bad grammar and spelling in text messages.
  • People that tell me I’m weird for not liking peanut butter and chocolate.
  • Hipsters.
  • Rooms that could be air conditioned that aren’t.
  • People that touch my knees.
  • Bethany Tolle.

Favorite Movies

  • Harry Potter
  • The Notebook
  • Carpool
  • Star Wars
  • Ragamuffin
  • Space Jam
  • Fight Club
  • Back to the Future
  • Heavyweights
  • The Lion King
  • Camp Takota
  • Hook
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Camp Nowhere
  • The Sandlot
  • The Breakfast Club

Favorite Books/Writers
Anything written by: C.S Lewis, Pete Wilson, David Crowder, Chelsea Handler, Billy Graham, Christine Caine, John Grisham, John Green, Brennan Manning, J.K. Rowling, Steven Furtick, Bob Goff, Jon Weece, A.W. Tozer, Oswald Chambers, J.R.R. Tolkien (In no particular order).
The Giving Tree.

Random Piece of Info
My brothers beard is better than yours.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Eating cake with Rachel Garner
  • Dance parties in Waffle House parking lots
  • Rangling St. Bernard’s

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ASHLEY CRITTENDEN

AshleyWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Prayer Team
  • Interns
  • Shift
  • Greek Outreach

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Business Management with a minor in Communications

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Hike in the Himalayas
  • Scuba diving at a shipwreck
  • See the northern lights

“Most Annoying” List

  • Wet socks
  • When you tell me to calm down when I’m excited

Favorite Movies

  • Little Mermaid
  • Tarzan
  • Titanic

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Redeeming Love
  • C. S. Lewis

Random Piece of Info
One summer when I worked a camp I played bass guitar in the worship band even though I had never picked up a bass guitar before.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Knitting

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AUSTIN WOFFORD

CSF Staff | Austin WoffordWhat do you do around CSF?
Mostly goof off. But occasionally I get my hands dirty with maximization… “staff maximization” that is. This is where I get to manage, disciple, and put staff in the best position possible to succeed in ministry. I also oversee core groups around CSF. But in the end what I really do is disciple and put others in position to do the same.

Hometown
Ft. Thomas, KY. Go Bluebirds!

Degree
Social Work

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Base jump
  • Hunt something exotic
  • Never watch a Twilight movie
  • Rub Francis Chan’s head
  • Go to every continent and over 50 countries
  • Summit a 14k ft mountain twice

“Most Annoying” List

  • Pickles on a burger
  • Waking up before 10am
  • Tom Cruise’s smile

Favorite Movies

  • I Am Legend
  • Wayne’s World
  • Blood Diamond
  • The Godfather
  • The Other Guys

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Donald Miller
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Rob Bell

Random Piece of Info
I graduated from Asbury University. Yea, let that blow your mind.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Play basketball/frisbee
  • Read
  • Chill with a movie
  • Beat anyone at CSF in FIFA
  • Arm wrestling
  • Laughing

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BETHANY TOLLE

CSF Staff | Bethany TolleWhat do you do around CSF?
Administrative/Organizational Robot. I keep calendars, countless schedules, vacation requests, repeatables, recipe cards, KWeek items… the list goes on. People actually refer to me as a robot. Just call me Chappie.
Assistant to Brian. I am one of two people who take some administrative work off of Brian’s plate so he can serve campus at full capacity. I do a little of anything and everything. My to-do list is an eclectic array of people to contact, supplies to order, docs to create, and emails to send. I get to see into many areas of our ministry this way!
Retreat Planner. I plan our super awesome retreats! God has given me a unique opportunity to put together events where student’s lives are changed. It’s SWEET.

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Mathematics

What’s on your bucket list?
I don’t have an official bucket list of things I’d like to do or see. I think way too practically. (Although Hawaii might be a nice place to visit!) Mostly I want to create memories in the ordinary. The most valuable moments to me are the ones spent with people I love.

“Most Annoying” List

  • The “shhh” noise.
  • Dogs that jump on you when you walk through the door.
  • Inconsiderate people.

Favorite Movies
I love feel-good movies and ridiculous movies (like Mean Girls or She’s the Man). But I typically prefer TV shows over movies. I enjoy anything from The Office to Law and Order: SVU.

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Grace for the Good Girl (Emily P. Freeman)
  • Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines (really anything by Shauna Neiquist)
  • Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning)
  • Anything I’ve read by C.S. Lewis or Tim Keller

Random Piece of Info

  • I have an identical twin. I’m a minute older than she is.
  • If you tell me your birthday, I will probably remember it forever. (Another reason I’m called a robot.)

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Laughing. A lot.
  • Listening to music at any and all times.
  • Debating whether or not to run a half marathon with Lbow and Devon.

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BLAKE MORRIS

CSF Staff | Blake MorrisWhat do you do around CSF?
Well, I do a few things. I am a part of our Freshman ministry called “SHIFT”. We help students see where their life with God fits into their life in college. I also oversee our prayer ministry and dorm outreach.

Hometown
Lexington, KY

Degree
Business Management

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Backpack across Iceland
  • Play every instrument
  • Pray with Kanye West
  • Have lunch with King Charles (the musician)

“Most Annoying” List

  • Wet paper

Favorite Movies

  • Man on Fire
  • Braveheart
  • A Walk to Remember (just kidding)

Favorite Books/Writers

  • A. W. Tozer
  • Dumas
  • G. K. Chesterton

Random Piece of Info
I was the swimming state champion at 8 years of age. My career slowly declined thereafter.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I play basketball, workout, and make music!

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BRIAN MARSHALL

CSF Staff | Brian MarshallWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Lead the overall ministry
  • Teach at Synergy and in other settings
  • Wrestle with how to reach out to campus in creative ways
  • Fundraise
  • Serve as one of the board members at CSF

Hometown
Cynthiana, KY (though I’ve been in Lexington since 1995)

Degree
Masters of Divinity (basically theological studies)

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Quarterback a football team, as I never played growing up, only did baseball and basketball
  • Write five books
  • Do a triathlon
  • Live outside the US for at least a couple of months

“Most Annoying” List

  • Listening to other people loudly sip their hot coffee (this is especially true when I’m sleepy and feeling irritable)
  • When people think they are thinking clearly but in actuality they clearly aren’t thinking clearly. Is that clear?

Favorite Movies

  • Rudy
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Good Will Hunting

Favorite Books/Writers

  • C. S. Lewis (We did accidentally name our son C. S. Marshall)
  • Eugene Peterson
  • Oswald Chambers (Primarily “My Utmost For His Highest”)
  • Richard Swinburne (academic philosopher)

Random Piece of Info
I lived at the Grand Canyon for an entire summer when I was in college, about 150 yards from the rim of the canyon.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Hanging out with my wife, Shelby and our three kids- Claire, Caleb and Miriam
  • Watching sports
  • Reading
  • Letting my mind wander into creative brainstorming sessions (In my 40’s I’m not sure if I’m allowed to ‘daydream’ anymore)
  • Thinking about working out and getting back into shape

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DEREK KING

CSF Staff | Derek KingWhat do you do around CSF?
CSFQ: asking and trying to answer tough questions about Christianity.
Curriculum and teaching: communicating truths about Christianity to students.

Hometown
Beaver Darn, KY

Degree
Political science (history minor). Also taking some seminary classes right now.

What’s on your bucket list?
Visit the Holy Lands, watch a no-hitter live, be a dad.

“Most Annoying” List
Depends on the day.

Favorite Movies
Field of Dreams, Lord of the Rings, Shadowlands

Favorite Books/Writers
CS Lewis, Tolkien, NT Wright, GK Chesterton

Random Piece of Info
I like board games. The longer they take the better. I also play chess.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Exercise and turning pages.

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DEVON FREEMAN

CSF Staff | Devon CoonsWhat do you do around CSF?
I handle all of the money and human resources…basically I’m a combination of Angela and Toby from The Office.

Hometown
Owensboro, KY

Degree
Accounting, of course.

What’s on your bucket list?

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Become a mom
  • Travel around Europe
  • Pet a squirrel

“Most Annoying” List

  • Messy desks
  • Hearing people eat or drink
  • CLUTTER

Favorite Movies

  • I would much rather watch a good TV series… almost anything from Community to Grey’s Anatomy
  • But also any Pixar movie besides Cars

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Anything by C. S. Lewis
  • Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Random Piece of Info
I’m named after three different guys: My first name is a combination of my uncle’s names (David & Kevin) and my middle name comes from my grandfather (Riley).

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Reading
  • Marathon watching TV series on Netflix
  • Going out to eat (I kind of despise cooking)

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EVAN WEHRLE

CSF Staff | Evan WehrleWhat do you do around CSF?
My main roles are to disciple the guys in my small group and to help cultivate a culture of prayer & worship for our staff and students. I also get to have a creative outlet by helping design our video content and think of ways to promote events throughout the year.

Hometown
Lexington, KY

Degree
Kinesiology/Exercise Science (UK)
Working on Masters in Christian Leadership (Asbury Seminary)

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Go skydiving
  • Travel the world
  • Sit courtside at the NBA Finals
  • Be in the studio audience at the Jimmy Fallon show
  • Tour the Holy Lands
  • Start my own business
  • Eat dinner at a Michelin 3 Star restaurant

“Most Annoying” List

  • When you can’t find a parking spot
  • Slowwww Wi-fi
  • Oh, and of course…Mosquitos

Favorite Movies

  • All-time Fav: The Sandlot
  • Comedies: Little Giants, Heavyweights, Ace Ventura 1&2, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Dumb & Dumber
  • Action/Adventure: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Rocky IV, Braveheart
  • Honorable Mention: Remember the Titans
  • And I love watching just about any documentary

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Henri Nouwen: this dude gets it!
  • C. S. Lewis: anything and everything he has written is gold
  • Tim Keller: wisdom…straight wisdom
  • A.W. Tozer: an oldie but a goldie, go check out some of his stuff
  • Donald Miller: I can always relate to how he thinks & processes

Random Piece of Info
I really love thrift shops. Whenever I’m traveling, my favorite thing to do is go check out the local thrift shops, you never know what awesomeness you may find.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I love playing sports, being active outside, making things with my hands, traveling, and having fun with my friends!

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GABE MEASNER

What do you do around CSF?
My first and possibly most important role is to be Derek King’s boss. Beyond that I am a part of the development team at CSF which helps raise support for our ministry. This includes finding and meeting with new donors, cultivating current partner relationships, and being Derek King’s immediate boss.

Hometown
Cold Spring, KY

Degree
Communications

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Ride a bull
  • Sit in court side seats at an NBA game
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Start a food fight

“Most Annoying” List

  • Talking during a movie
  • Using the word “awkward”
  • Loud chewing
  • Showering

Favorite Movies

  • Ace Ventura
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Inception
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie
  • Hercules

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Jarrod Polson “Living Beyond The Dream”
  • The Book of Basketball
  • The Unaborted Socrates
  • Finding God Behind Enemy Lines

Random Piece of Info
I graduated high school in a class of 32 students.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Play basketball
  • Netflix
  • Chill with friends
  • Watch basketball
  • Halo 4/Super Smash Bros.
  • Play basketball

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JAMIKA JOHNS

CSF Staff | Jamika JohnsWhat do you do around CSF?
Here at CSF I gladly serve on the Community Service Team where we connect our students to the community of Lexington to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Along with community service team I am on also on our delicious Pancakes Team. CSF has THE coolest ministry that happens on friday night at midnight! We give out free pancakes and provide a space for students to come and enjoy great conversation and take a break from late night studies!

Hometown
Im from the Ville! Louisville stand up! But I am a Cats fan… Sorry Cards.

Degree
Associates in Arts from BCTC and a Bachelors from UK in Family Science with a minor in Psychology

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Spend a day with the whole 116 clique! ;) UNASHAMED
  • Perform at P4CM

“Most Annoying” List
Most common most annoying, when someone smacks when eating food CLOSE YA MAFF!

Favorite Movies
Oh my favorite movie? Gots to be Great Debaters! I LOVE Jurnee Smollett! She kilt her first debate “The time for JUSTICE the time for Freedom and the time for Equality is ALWAYS ALWAYS RIGHT NOW!” OWWW thats sooo good!

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Where Have All the Prophets Gone? by Marvin A. McMickle
  • Rise by Trip Lee

Random Piece of Info
Sucked my thumb everyday up until 6th grade when a classmate wouldn’t touch the pencil sharpener because I touched it with my “contagious” hand. Sad day.
-after that she sucked my thumb because I shoved it in her mouth!

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I dont.. I need to get my life together. Im trying to look like Jada Pinkett Smith and her moms when I turn 83!

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JARROD POLSON

What do you do around CSF?
I am on the development team here at CSF, specifically funding for the UCAN-UK campaign that we have recently launched. I try to create networks and meet people who are passionate about campus ministry and how it is changing lives here at UK. My main area of focus is creating conversations with potential donors who feel led to give to CSF financially. Most importantly, however, is that I partner with Gabriel Measner as Derek King’s boss.

Hometown
The small town of Wilmore, Kentucky

Degree
Business-Finance
Business-Marketing
Minor in Communications

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Travel to Iceland (And a lot of other countries)
  • Live in a third world country for an extended period
  • See a Coldplay or Mumford and Sons concert
  • Make adoption much more affordable

“Most Annoying” List

  • When people don’t try while playing a sport and then laugh about it
  • Losing my keys or wallet

Favorite Movies

  • Remember the Titans
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Favorite Books/Writers

  • C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters)
  • Fresh Wind Fresh Fire
  • The Heavenly Man

Random Piece of Info
I really love music. I wish I could sing and play an instrument well enough to start a cool band. The band would play a mix of Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and Sam Smith style music. Watch out for me in 10 years.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Play Basketball or any type of sport
  • Lift weights to get big muscles
  • Ride bikes with bae

Contact information
jarrod@ukcsf.org

JOSEF PLELI

CSF Staff | Josef PleliWhat do you do around CSF?
I am in charge of all things tech and production. Lights, audio, video – you name it. My main goal is to make sure tech runs smoothly so students can enjoy our events and worship services. I am also in charge of our video team – brainstorming, shooting, and editing videos for promos or worship services.

Hometown
Erlanger, KY

Degree
BA in Architecture

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Skydive
  • Go to a Packers game at Lambeau Field
  • Visit the Shire set in New Zealand (I’m a little nervous that I might run into Dwight on his connecting flight to Mordor)
  • Go shark cage diving
  • Write a book

“Most Annoying” List

  • Bad drivers
  • Things that are poorly designed
  • Losing guitar picks

Favorite Movies

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • The Last Samurai
  • How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2
  • Star Wars (the original)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Harry Potter movies
  • Ratatouille
  • A Knight’s Tale

Favorite Books/Writers

  • J. R. R. Tolkien (Every one of his books. He’s a genius. Seriously.)
  • Donald Miller
  • Devil in the White City
  • Harry Potter

Random Piece of Info
I got stitches from stepping on a snow shovel and it coming up and hitting me in the forehead. Yeah… pretty much like you see in cartoons.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Playing all of my instruments (mainly guitar and banjo)
  • Disc golf
  • Pick-up games of basketball
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Walking while listening to 99% Invisible
  • Trying to beat Rick Freeman in steps everyday on my fitbit

Contact information

KEITH MCMUNN

CSF Staff | Keith McMunnWhat do you do around CSF?
Five Dollar Fast, Internship Program, and SHIFT!

Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA

Degree
Accounting

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Become the mayor of a small town that nobody has ever heard of
  • Own my own business
  • Run a mile under 5 minutes

“Most Annoying” List

  • Time Warner Cable
  • UK students that are Louisville fans
  • Bad drivers
  • Anybody that thinks Friends is better than Seinfeld
  • When people send the follow up “?” text because I didn’t respond fast enough
  • When I’m playing a board game and people over my shoulder tell me what moves to make
  • Brian Marshall constantly trying to promote me and give me pay raises

Favorite Movies

  • Dumb and Dumber
  • The Other Guys

Favorite Books/Writers

  • C. S. Lewis

Random Piece of Info
I only ever see women in their 40’s driving the same car as me.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • I make and drink a lot of coffee.
  • I like to think that I like to go running.
  • I like to read.
  • I like to ride my bike.
  • I try to become a regular at just about every small business in Lexington.

Contact information

LAUREN COLBURN

CSF Staff | Lauren BowmanWhat do you do around CSF?
Community Service. High School Ministry. Writing/Editing. Librarian (a.k.a. The Page Master).

Hometown
Lawrenceburg, KY

Degree
B.A. in English with a minor in Linguistics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Eat a corn dog with Julie Andrews on the Ellen DeGeneres show
  • Meet Pat Summitt
  • Write a best-selling novel

“Most Annoying” List

  • Dirty dishes left in the sink
  • Laundry left in the dryer for days
  • People who park right next to me in a nearly-deserted parking lot

Favorite Movies

  • Heavyweights
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Remember the Titans
  • Harry Potter
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • The Tenant of Windfell Hall of Anne Bronte
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Random Piece of Info
I once had a button collection that consisted of only one button.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I like to laugh, play basketball, sing Celine Dion at the top of my lungs, and hang out with my friends.

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LYDIA SLAYDEN

CSF Staff | Lydia SlaydenWhat do you do around CSF?
“Geez Lydia, do you do everything around here?” -Evan Wehrle.
I get to hang out with freshman and work to help form groups for the whole ministry and keep them going!
So… Shift Programming Team and Discipleship Team!
Hometown
The good ol’ Hebron, Kentucky

Degree
Psychology; Eventually for Occupational Therapy School!

What’s on your bucket list?

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Have a garden that I can eat the food from
  • Travel the world!
  • Work at an orphanage run by my siblings
  • Learn to play the Cello
  • Meet Jimmy Fallon

“Most Annoying” List

  • When windshield wipers go too fast.
  • When people try to wake you up by shaking you.

Favorite Movies

  • Good Ol Rom Coms
  • A Cinderella Story
  • About Time
  • The Prestige
  • I love TV Shows:
    • New Girl
    • Parenthood
    • Grey’s Anatomy
    • Friends
    • The Cosby Show
    • Fresh Prince
    • Once Upon a Time

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Bible
  • Redeeming Love
  • Love Does
  • My Utmost for His Highest
  • Nicholas Sparks books!

I am not the biggest reader! But I wish I was! I am trying to convince myself to become a reader.
Random Piece of Info

  • I’ve been a German Folk Dancer my whole life!
  • I can beatbox.
  • I LOVE SCARVES.
  • Cookies are a main food group.
  • I love having staring contests with babies.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • I LOVE TO SING!
  • Laughing so hard that my nose flutters
  • Making things! Like knitting, crocheting, painting, crafting, hand lettering!

Contact information

MADDIE WOFFORD

What do you do around CSF?

  • Shift Team (freshmen)
  • South Campus Team (New this year- the possibilities are endless!)
  • Helping with Prayer Team and Greek Team

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Communications & Community and Leadership Development

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Israel adventuring
  • Get baptized in the Jordan River
  • Backpack Europe and New Zealand
  • Frolic in the Sunflower Fields in Tuscany
  • Write a book
  • Marry a man who owns/wants a motorcycle

“Most Annoying” List

  • Mosquitos
  • Parking tickets

Favorite Movies

  • The Lion King
  • Blood Diamond
  • About Time
  • Because I Said So (this is my mother!)

Favorite Books/Writers

  • “The Divine Romance”, My favorite of Gene Edwards. This man writes good things.
  • Rees Howells “Intercessor”
  • “The Great Divorce”, C. S. Lewis

Random Piece of Info
This questionnaire took me days. I can’t pick my favorites of anything. These answers probably aren’t valid.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Ran my first mini-marathon this spring!

Contact information

MATT DAMPIER

CSF Staff | Matt DampierWhat do you do around CSF?
I get to teach CSF staff members and students about Jesus, which is awesome. I also consume an obscene amount of pancakes throughout the year.

Hometown
A booming metropolis… Alabaster, Alabama

Degree
Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary

What’s on your bucket list?
I used to want to do cool activities like “climb Mount Kilimanjaro” or “hike the Appalachian Trail” or just “ski double blacks.” But I’m older now (and a little chubbier)…so the bucket list changed. Now, I’d like to be a part of a movement that culminates in abortion ending, or just own a farm.

“Most Annoying” List
When people don’t want to turn right on red or brake at yellow. Getting a coke without any fizz. Calling coke/soda “pop”.

Favorite Movies
That one where it kept talking about dreams in dreams and then you left wondering if you had just dreamt it.

Favorite Books/Writers
The Screwtape Letters

Random Piece of Info
I once bicycled 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico but gained 20 pounds by eating McDonald’s everyday.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I get really jazzed about something for like 3 months and then just let it quickly burn out of my life.

Contact information

MICHAEL RUNDELL

CSF Staff | Michael RundellWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Pray for campus, for students, for friends
  • Hang out with international students on campus, teaching them English, chastting about soccer, and sharing the love of Jesus
  • Help maintain the small groups that meet around CSF from a administrative/leadership aspect
  • Keep Matt Dampier from going insane and driving everyone else insane
  • Manage the CSF building, reminding my coworkers to clean and staying on top of the schedule of events and groups
  • Keep tally of how many people come to CSF events
  • Live and work to glorify and know Jesus better, and to help you glorify Him and know Him better too

Hometown
Crestwood, KY, Home of the Dragons (just outside of Louisville)

Degree
Secondary Education, someday I’ll be a high-school chemistry teacher

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Go to a World Cup to see the USA win
  • Cast a demon out of someone
  • Play for a minor league soccer team in Europe
  • Be a part of an underground church
  • Change lives with my faith, actions, and words on a daily basis

“Most Annoying” List

  • When people stack trash on trash cans that are already full
  • Obnoxious UK fans
  • When people use the word “itch” when they mean to say “scratch”
  • Obnoxious Man United fans

Favorite Movies

  • Another Earth
  • The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
  • Avatar
  • Inception
  • Lord of the Rings

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by OS Card
  • Letters from a Skeptic by Boyd
  • Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear by Rothfuss
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver
  • Crazy Love by Chan
  • Meaning of Marriage by Keller

Random Piece of Info
I pledged, initiated, and dropped a fraternity in my first semester at UK.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Cheering on the National Champion and Sugar Bowl Champion Louisville Cardinals
  • Playing soccer, indoor soccer, futsal, soccer tennis, etc.
  • Watching soccer (go Liverpool)
  • Going to the movies
  • Giving Michael Brown hugs
  • Praying for people
  • Having a fast metabolism

Contact information

QAAIM NAYYIR

CSF Staff | Qaaim NayyirWhat do you do around CSF?
I serve primarily on Shift, our freshman ministry, and also lead on the pancakes team! I also do residence life outreach.

Hometown
Brooklyn, NY

Degree
BA History
MA Secondary Social Studies Education

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Visit the mammoth ruins in South Dakota
  • Travel the outskirts of Scotland… and then live there forever
  • Create a legit movie theater in my home
  • Have a “Tom-a-thon,” a movie marathon consisting of the likes of Tom Hardy, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and other amazing Toms.
  • Learn to surf
  • Fluency in Japanese
  • Meditate under a waterfall

“Most Annoying” List

  • When people speak for their dogs… or their kids
  • Attempting to throw garbage away and missing the bag completely
  • Impersonations that are nowhere near being spot on
  • Hitting “#” to skip the voicemail when I should’ve hit “1”
  • The hours 4:00am – 6:00am

Favorite Movies

  • James Cameron’s Avatar
  • West Side Story
  • Shutter Island
  • 5 Deadly Venoms

Favorite Books/Writers

  • On Guard by William Lane Craig
  • All About Love by Bell Hooks
  • The Dictionary by Merriam-Webster

Random Piece of Info
I had dreadlocks for 8 years.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I’m supposed to burn calories.

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RICK FREEMAN

RickFinal

What do you do around CSF?
I work primarily with curriculum development, writing the material that students work through in core group. I also lead a core group, get coffee and/or pizza with students, try my best to encourage folks, and try to stay warm in the winter.

Hometown
Owensboro, KY

Degree
I studied English Education here at the U of K.

What’s on your bucket list?
Become a dad. Three to four times. The kind of dad who falls asleep with their baby asleep on their chest while watching Space Jam. Also, write a book.

“Most Annoying” List

  • People not using their turn signal
  • People who take up more than one parking spot.
  • Maybe if I just stop traveling by car I won’t ever be annoyed again.

Favorite Movies

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Most any movie about Godzilla
  • Plus any/every Wes Anderson or Christopher Nolan movie

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  • A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Plus C. S. Lewis, Tim Keller, & Donald Miller

Random Piece of Info
I’m the third. Richard Franklin Freeman the Third. No, I’m not the King of England. And no, I’m not going to name my son the fourth. Sorry, Granddad.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Sometimes I run, sometimes I eat pizza. I try to read every day (mental exercise). And in a few months, I’ll be hanging out at home with my awesome new wife. So that’ll be pretty cool.

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RickFinal

What do you do around CSF?
I work primarily with curriculum development, writing the material that students work through in core group. I also lead a core group, get coffee and/or pizza with students, try my best to encourage folks, and try to stay warm in the winter.

Hometown
Owensboro, KY

Degree
I studied English Education here at the U of K.

What’s on your bucket list?
Become a dad. Three to four times. The kind of dad who falls asleep with their baby asleep on their chest while watching Space Jam. Also, write a book.

“Most Annoying” List

  • People not using their turn signal
  • People who take up more than one parking spot.
  • Maybe if I just stop traveling by car I won’t ever be annoyed again.

Favorite Movies

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Most any movie about Godzilla
  • Plus any/every Wes Anderson or Christopher Nolan movie

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  • A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Plus C. S. Lewis, Tim Keller, & Donald Miller

Random Piece of Info
I’m the third. Richard Franklin Freeman the Third. No, I’m not the King of England. And no, I’m not going to name my son the fourth. Sorry, Granddad.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Sometimes I run, sometimes I eat pizza. I try to read every day (mental exercise). And in a few months, I’ll be hanging out at home with my awesome new wife. So that’ll be pretty cool.

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SAM COONS

CSF Staff | Sam CoonsWhat do you do around CSF?
I make CSF be on the internet and help design fliers to spread the word about some of the neat things we do. I’m the reigning Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 champ.

Hometown
Crescent Springs, KY (the NKY)

Degree
Spanish and International Economics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Go into space, walk on the moon
  • Own a hot air balloon (and know how to fly it)
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • Get my falconry license
  • Survive the zombie apocalypse

“Most Annoying” List

  • Text message lingo (“u” instead of “you”, “r” instead of “are”, etc.)
  • People that can’t pronounce (and/or hear) the difference between the words “pen” and “pin”
  • People that clap at the end of a fireworks show
  • My cat, Boba Fett, crawling on my face at 4am.

Favorite Movies

  • Star Wars (all of them)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Fountain
  • Pretty much any zombie movie or Pixar movie
  • Lots of other movies (I love movies lots and lots)

Favorite Books/Writers

  • C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce)
  • Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse Five, Bluebeard, Breakfast of Champions)

Random Piece of Info
For a long while my favorite food was popcorn. I would always eat at least one bag of popcorn every day. Sometimes two.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Watching movies and playing video games
  • Going to UK Hockey games
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Disc Golf

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SAM HOLMES

CSF Staff | Sam HolmesWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Discipleship Team
  • Big Red Lawn Care

Hometown
Centerville, Ohio

Degree
Agricultural Economics with a minor in Business

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Great Wall of China
  • Pyramids of Egypt
  • Sistine Chapel
  • African safari
  • Jerusalem
  • Rome
  • Stay in a hut off the coast of Bora Bora
  • Golf in Scotland
  • Photograph the northern lights

“Most Annoying” List

  • The last hour of a road trip…are we there yet?!
  • Tracy Chapman’s singing
  • When no one can decide where to eat, myself included
  • Tailgating drivers
  • My lack of facial hair

Favorite Movies

  • The Hobbit and LOTR
  • Anything by Christopher Nolan
  • The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Bible
  • Ragamuffin Gospel
  • Love Does
  • Mere Christianity
  • Lord of the Rings

Random Piece of Info
Whenever I try to do an impression of someone it comes out as a South Park character

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Skateboarding (the trick is not to fall off)
  • Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Hanging with friends

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STEPHEN RUH

CSF Staff | Stephen RuhWhat do you do around CSF?
I help with the freshman ministry, and our Friday night pancakes team. I love doing outreach and going out on campus! When I’m not doing serious things though, I like to party around the building.
Hometown
I hail from the mighty town of Lakeside Park, KY. If you’re ever in Northern Kentucky (The best part of the bluegrass) make sure to stop by.

Degree
My degree is in Secondary English Education. Teachers are the bomb.

What’s on your bucket list?
Some bucket list items would be:

  • Visit every U.S. state and travel around the world
  • Share the gospel with someone who has never heard the message
  • Play in a real poker tournament and at finishing in the money
  • Attend a World Cup
  • Publish a short story
  • Tell a story at a live story slam
  • Learn a new language

“Most Annoying” List
Unfriendly people
Favorite Movies

  • Star Wars original trilogy
  • Oceans 11
  • Groundhog Day

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Ender’s Game
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • JD Salinger
  • Fight Club / all Chuck Palahniuk
  • Steven Moffat
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Warren Ellis
  • C. S. Lewis

Random Piece of Info
I can solve a Rubiks cube.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Soccer
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Extreme focus while playing video games

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TATER CUNNINGHAM

CSF Staff | Tater CunninghamWhat do you do around CSF?
I do a few different things around CSF. I am on Shift team as a Shift Connector. My role with that is to meet and get to know freshman at shift, but also hangout with them on campus during the week. I am also the head Friday Night Pancakes. This happens every Friday night at midnight and we give out free pancakes to anyone who walks in the door. Finally I am on our Campus Promo team. This team is given the challenge of promoting and hyping up any and all events CSF puts on.

Hometown
Knoxville, Tennessee

Degree
Secondary Math Education with a minor in Physics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Skydive
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Snowboard in Italy and New Zealand
  • Baptize someone I just met in the ocean

“Most Annoying” List
People who don’t use their blinker

Favorite Movies

  • Avatar
  • Batman Dark Knight
  • The Brave Little Toaster

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Harry Potter Series
  • The Giver

Random Piece of Info
I love to play Ultimate Frisbee and enjoy extreme sports like Wake Boarding and Snowboarding.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?

  • Frisbee
  • Running
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Wake Boarding
  • Watching TV

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ZACH MOTES

CSF Staff | Zach MotesWhat do you do around CSF?
I’m a part of Freshman ministry called SHIFT in which I connect incoming freshmen with CSF and help them to understand their identity in Christ. I work with a team that plans our weekly worship service called SYNERGY and I work as a creative for the video team.

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Psychology and Spanish

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Drag racing
  • Backpacking across Europe
  • Writing and publishing a book
  • Recording and mastering an album

“Most Annoying” List

  • Snoring
  • Windowless rooms
  • Low-riders

Favorite Movies

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Donnie Darko
  • Stomp the Yard

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner
  • El hombre de la cruz verde by Segundo Serrano Poncela
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Random Piece of Info
I wrote a 40 page dissertation in Spanish and I recorded a one-track EP called “Plug in Your Headphones”

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Tae-bo with Billy Blanks, wall-ball & jumping jacks

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