CSF STAFF

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

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AMY THORNBERRY

What do you do around CSF?

  • Synergy Team
  • Discipleship Team
  • Key Care
  • Communications
  • Personal Masseuse to Lauren Colburn and any other needy staff members

Hometown
Nicholasville, Kentucky//Las Vegas, NV… seriously.

Degree
Writing and Communications. AKA: I’m going nowhere in life.

What’s on your bucket list?

  • High five George W. Bush (Again)
  • Write a book
  • Eat a corndog with Lauren Colburn and Julie Andrews on the Ellen DeGeneres show
  • Build my own house
  • Sing karaoke with Carrie Underwood
  • Go 300+ MPH with John Force in a Funny Car
  • Own a freaking pug
  • Have a shorter bucket list

Favorite Movies

  • Harry Potter
  • The Notebook
  • Carpool
  • Fight Club
  • The Lion King
  • Camp Nowhere
  • The Sandlot
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Sam Holmes’ birth video

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
  • The Giving Tree
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter

Random Piece of Info
My biggest pet peeve is my friendship with Bethany King, and hipsters.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
The perfect cartwheel

What’s your spirit animal?
I don’t have a spirit animal…. I have a patronus. And it’s Harambe.

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

  • Eating cake with Rachel Garner
  • Rangling St. Bernard’s
  • Marathoning The Office

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ASHLEY CRITTENDEN

AshleyWhat do you do around CSF?
I’m on the financial team, help with staff fundraising, health insurance and serve with students through one of our community service teams called 4Kids.

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Business Management

What’s on your bucket list?

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

Favorite Movies

  • About Time
  • Little Mermaid
  • Courageous

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Redeeming Love
  • The Great Divorce
  • The Screwtape Letters

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.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Cooking

What’s your spirit animal?
Otter

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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BEN PUMPELLY

What do you do around CSF?
Get Excited frequently. Yell some. Talk a lot. Shift team. Synergy team. Building team. Promo team.

Hometown
Louisville

Degree
Business Management

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Have a 6 pack
  • Skydive
  • Earn one of those marathon stickers
  • Put that sticker on my bumper
  • Win a Spikeball Tournament

Favorite Movies

  • Remember the Titans
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • ‘Chick Flicks’ in general

Favorite Books/Writers
I don’t read enough books but Tim Keller. Lewis. Tolkien. Judah Smith.

Random Piece of Info
I have a Blue and Green eye.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Ping Pong.

What’s your spirit animal?
Butterfly – I like Bears tho.

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

  • Basketball
  • Smash Bro’s
  • 2K

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BETHANY KING

CSF Staff | Bethany TolleWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Administrative Robot
  • Brian’s Sidekick
  • Retreat Planner
  • KWeek Maestro

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Mathematics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Be a really cool aunt
  • Be a mom
  • Live in Scotland with my hubby

Favorite Movies
I enjoy feel good movies, but I’m more of a TV show person. Anything from The Office to Parenthood.

Favorite Books/Writers

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

Random Piece of Info
Every spring break trip I’ve been on as a staff member has gone awry. NYC 2014, two of our vans were stolen. Out West 2016, our bus broke down twice and we never made it to Phoenix. (You should come on a spring break trip with me.)

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
To be more decisive about answering questions like these.

What’s your spirit animal?
I think a kitten. Specifically a tiny gray and black one. But I just took a quiz and it told me a deer.

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

  • Taking walks
  • Laughing a lot

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BLAKE MORRIS

CSF Staff | Blake MorrisWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Lead Team
  • Prayer Team
  • Lead small groups
  • A new thing called the “30 Day Journey”

Hometown
Lexington, KY

Degree

  • Business Management
  • Currently getting my Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Go to Iceland and New Zealand
  • Become best friends with Zane Lowe and Justin Vernon
  • See revival in America happen through college students (no big deal)

Favorite Movies

  • Man on Fire
  • The Other Guys (this movie is so underrated)

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Henri Nouwen
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Tim Keller
  • Oswald Chambers

Random Piece of Info
I hate wet paper – it’s just gross.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Piano

What’s your spirit animal?
Panther

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

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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?

  • Curriculum
  • CSF Groups
  • Staff Discipleship

Hometown
Beaver Darn, KY

Degree

  • Political Science
  • Masters of Divinity

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Write a book
  • Visit the Holy Land
  • See a no-hitter live
  • Dinner with NT Wright

Favorite Movies

  • Field of Dreams
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Prestige

Favorite Books/Writers

  • C.S. Lewis
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • John Steinbeck
  • David Bentley Hart

Random Piece of Info
I like board games a lot.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Throw a baseball 100 mph.

What’s your spirit animal?
I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.

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

  • Sports
  • Running
  • Reading (turning pages)

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DEVON FREEMAN

CSF Staff | Devon CoonsWhat do you do around CSF?
I am in charge of our finances, so I make sure we spend our money well and pay the bills so we can keep the lights on! I’m also the closest thing Brian has to an assistant, so I schedule his meetings and make sure he writes his thank you notes and answers his emails.

Hometown
Owensboro, KY

Degree
Accounting

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Have a baby in February and a few others after that
  • Pet a squirrel (a great gift idea for me if anyone is looking)
  • Read all of the books on my “To Read” list
  • Learn how to eat like a normal human (i.e. vegetables)

Favorite Movies
I don’t have favorites.

Favorite Books/Writers
See above

Random Piece of Info
My childhood ambition was to be a water fountain (the kind you drink out of) when I grew up…and I practiced in the shower frequently.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
COOKING or baby whisperer

What’s your spirit animal?
A fuzzy blanket

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

  • Before February 2017 – relaxing at home and cleaning
  • After February 2017 – baby wrangling

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EVAN WEHRLE

What 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)
  • 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
  • Learn to surf

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.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Breakdancing…that or making money, I wouldn’t mind being really really good at making money.

What’s your spirit animal?
Eagle….USA USA USA #Merica

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

What 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 don’t.. 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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JOSEF PLELI

What do you do around CSF?
I’m in charge of all things tech and production. Lights, audio, video – you name it. My job is to make sure technology runs smoothly behind the scenes so students can enjoy our events and worship services. I’m 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?

  • Visit Germany and learn more of my family’s heritage
  • Go scuba diving at a reef with a bunch of sharks
  • Take an extended trip to New Zealand and explore the land of Middle Earth
  • Go to a Packer’s game at Lambeau Field

Favorite Movies

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Last Samurai
  • Paddington
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Take Shelter
  • Ratatouille
  • Harry Potter series

Favorite Books/Writers

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • East of Eden
  • Harry Potter series

Random Piece of Info
I read the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien once every year.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Pranking Stephanie Sherman. However, I’ve already mastered this. So I’d really love to master the violin.

What’s your spirit animal?
According to Matt Dampier it’s a koala, so let’s go with that.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I love to go on a walk every evening with my wife. I also enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors, as well as playing the occasional pick-up game of basketball.

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KEVIN WALLACE

What do you do around CSF?kevin
Kick it with Greek students (frats n srats), make stellar videos, and Five Dollar Fast

Hometown
THA DIRTY BORO (Owensboro, KY)

Degree
Psychology

What’s on your bucket list?
Surf in California, bro.

Favorite Movies
Christmas Vacation

Favorite Books/Writers
C.S. Lewis because I’m a basic Christian

Random Piece of Info
I have crooked pinkies…

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Take the perfect sunset pics #SunsetKev

What’s your spirit animal?
According to a spirit animal quiz, I’m a llama. So there’s that.

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

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LAUREN COLBURN

What do you do around CSF?
I’m the Administrative Assistant for the Development Team.

Hometown
Lawrenceburg, KY

Degree
English

What’s on your bucket list?
Eat a corndog on the Ellen show with Julie Andrews

Favorite Movies

  • Princess Diaries
  • Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Books/Writers

  • East of Eden
  • The Shadow of the Wind
  • Harry Potter Series

Random Piece of Info
One time I filled a friend’s car up with packing peanuts.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Pole Vaulting

What’s your spirit animal?
Elephant

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

  • Running
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Shooting some hoops

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LYDIA SLAYDEN

What do you do around CSF?
“Geez Lydia, do you do everything around here?” -Evan Wehrle. I get to hang out with freshmen, equip our student leaders around the ministry, and I help out with worship around CSF! So.. Shift Programming Team and Student Leader Care.

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
  • Celebrate national calendar days for a period of time
  • Own a Bernadoodle named Winston

Favorite Movies

  • Good Ol Rom Com’s
  • A Cinderella Story
  • About Time
  • The Prestige
  • Interstellar
  • I’m currently learning to like/understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • I love TV Shows:
    • New Girl
    • The Office
    • 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!
  • C.S. Lewis
  • 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

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
In a dream world I’d love to be able to get ready for the day while sleeping. AKA Mastering time travel would be awesome. More practically though.. I’d love to master reading and playing the cello.

What’s your spirit animal?
Some like to call me Mother Hen? Momma Bear?

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!

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MADDIE WOFFORD

What do you do around CSF?maddie

  • “30 Day Journey” (spiritual direction/discernment)
  • Prayer Team (3 o’clock prayer is where it’s at)
  • Synergy Team
  • Lots of groups with lots of gals

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Communications & Community Leadership Development

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Get (re)baptized in the Jordan River
  • Travel all over God’s green earth with my smokin’ hot husband
  • Write a book
  • Become a gardener (as a hobby)

Favorite Movies

  • The Lion King
  • Blood Diamond
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • About Time
  • Friends Better Than Mountains (documentary)

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Henri Nouwen everything
  • Cultivate by Cageless Birds Collective
  • “The Pursuit of God” by AW Tozer
  • “The Divine Romance” by Gene Edwards

Random Piece of Info
I own a star (yes, in the sky) thanks to my middle school boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. He named it very creatively…”Madison”. Let that blow your mind.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Piano—every time

What’s your spirit animal?
Lioness

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

  • Run with friends
  • Do hot yoga
  • Pump it up at barre cardio classes
  • Doing wedding hair on the side

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MATT DAMPIER

CSF Staff | Matt DampierWhat do you do around CSF?
I float between several teams, but help with Synergy and placing people in groups, mostly.

Hometown
Nashville, TN

Degree
Biology/Classics then later Masters of Divinity

What’s on your bucket list?

  • My wife and I want to sell our home and buy an RV after the kids get out of high school
  • We also want to live in France for a summer (but don’t speak French)
  • And I really want to get a Ph. D in Classics

Favorite Movies

  • The Office
  • Stranger Things
  • Sherlock
  • Parks and Rec (I know it says movies, but I like TV shows better)

Favorite Books/Writers
*Classic Christian Answer* C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, John Wesley, Wendell Berry, John Steinbeck, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Eugene Peterson, John Milton along with “Gates of Fire” and “The Martian”—oh, and “Hatchet.” Also, I’m reading “The Jungle Book” to my daughter right now, and really love it. Basically, I’m a nerd.

Random Piece of Info
I developed a banana allergy when I was 20 and grew out of it when I was 32.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
I would LOVE IT if I could speak modern Hebrew fluently. Seriously, LOVE IT!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Phoenix

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

  • Chasing toddlers
  • Coaching youth soccer (very ineptly)
  • Jogging

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MICHAEL RUNDELL

CSF Staff | Michael RundellWhat do you do around CSF?
A few different things. I help out with the International Student Outreach, trying to get students from China and Brazil and Iran etc involved at CSF. I also manage the CSF building space, help Matt Dampier with his plans, and some other behind the scenes stuff.

Hometown
Crestwood, KY (suburb of Louisville)

Degree
Secondary Ed in Chemistry with a Spanish minor. I’m currently in grad school for teacher certification

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Go to a World Cup to see the USA win
  • Cast a demon out of someone
  • Coach/scout/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

Favorite Movies

  • Avatar
  • The Martian
  • Noah
  • The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
  • Lord of the Rings

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by OS Card
  • Letters from a Skeptic by Greg 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 spent 4 days in England without going to London

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Prayer

What’s your spirit animal?
An otter

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

  • Playing soccer, indoor soccer, futsal, soccer tennis, etc.
  • Watching soccer (go Liverpool!)
  • Having a fast metabolism

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QAAIM NAYYIR

What do you do around CSF?
I work with our Production Team, making videos that captivate every area of our ministry. I also lead Faith & Film, the hidden gem of CSF. We watch movies and talk about the spiritual undertones, concurrently finding God’s presence in them. I also help with the best Outreach team in the galaxy, Midnight Pancakes.

Hometown
Grew up in NYC

Degree
I studied History and Political Science, then got my Masters in Social Studies Education

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Move to the UK and get a Malamute
  • Do voiceovers for an Anime series… in Japanese
  • See the day that my Snapchat stories get internationally recognized as pure hilarity

Favorite Movies

  • Tree of Life
  • Avatar
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Prestige
  • Shutter Island
  • Any Wes Anderson or Christopher Nolan films

Favorite Books/Writers

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

Random Piece of Info
My mom wanted to name me Maalik. My dad wanted to name me Ubay. I guess they found a middle ground?

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Bowling

What’s your spirit animal?
According to Damps, a Komodo Dragon? I ain’t mad at it.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I go to the gym.

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RACHEL GARNER

What do you do around CSF?
Interns, Community Service, Pancakes, and cook a bunch of food (you’re welcome)

Hometown
Reading, PA

Degree
Dietetics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Visit Ireland
  • Help Ron achieve his dream of graduating from Hogwarts
  • Be a guest star on The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show
  • Receive the Fitbit Astronaut badge

Favorite Movies
Harry Potter (all of them)

Favorite Books/Writers
Harry Potter (all of them)

Random Piece of Info
I have a golden retriever named Ron

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
The games of Flonkerton

What’s your spirit animal?
Ron

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Walking and hiking with Ron…and eating cake with Amy Thornberry

Contact information

RICK FREEMAN

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What do you do around CSF?
I work a lot with curriculum development, writing the material students use in small groups. I also lead an awesome M group, get coffee and/or pizza with students, and try to stay warm in the winter. And I’m the arbiter of all heated grammar disputes around the office.

Hometown
Owensboro, KY (aka the Dirty Boro)

Degree
High School English Education. Working on a master’s degree though!

What’s on your bucket list?
I’m about to be a dad—which is crazy!—so I mostly want to watch Space Jam with my kiddo and teach him to recite at least one awesome poem. Also, maybe write a book. Who knows.

Favorite Movies

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Movies set “In a galaxy far, far away”
  • Most any movie about Godzilla
  • And anytime Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt are in a movie, I’ll give it a go.

Favorite Books/Writers
Man, books are the best. John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis, Wendell Berry, N.T. Wright. Give me all of them. Want to talk about books? Then we’d be friends.

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

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
I want to be the woodworker who builds the best bookshelves in town.

What’s your spirit animal?
Pizza, obviously.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Soon I’ll be chasing around a little baby. Other than that, sometimes I run, sometimes I eat tacos. And I try to read every day (mental exercise).

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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?

  • Synergy
  • Discipleship
  • Key Care
  • Big Red Lawn Care
  • #anythingI’mtold

Hometown
Centerville, Ohio #goelks

Degree
Agricultural Economics and Business #sellthosecrops

What’s on your bucket list?
To travel middle earth #hiking

Favorite Movies
Kirk Cameron saves Christmas #worstratedmovieonimdb

Favorite Books/Writers
Da Jesus Book #hawiianbible

Random Piece of Info
I love doing impressions of people around CSF…so far not too many feelings have been hurt #allingoodfun

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Interpretive dance #charistmaticworship

What’s your spirit animal?
I’ve been told meerkat but I prefer to think of myself as a golden retriever puppy #bringbackairbud

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

  • Running
  • Frisbee
  • Skateboarding
  • #basicwhiteboy

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SARAH FAYE GULLETT

sarahfayeWhat do you do around CSF?
Hang out with international students, and I’m on the prayer team and $5 Fast team!

Hometown
Roswell, GA

Degree
International Studies

What’s on your bucket list?
TRAVEL THE WORLD

Favorite Movies

  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Goodwill Hunting
  • Date Night

Favorite Books/Writers
….. unfortunately, I don’t read much

Random Piece of Info
I can turn my belly button inside out.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Hip hop dancing

What’s your spirit animal?
If I’m being totally honest: Golden Retriever

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
By training for a half marathons

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SETH STEWART

sethWhat do you do around CSF?
I’m on the Shift team, so I hang out with Freshman and help them grow in their relationship with Christ through their freshman year. I also oversee CSF’s new Creative Ministry and run the Instagram page!

Hometown
Dirty Hipster Bowling Green, Kentucky

Degree
Integrated Strategic Communication (Creative Advertising) and International Studies

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Eat Chinese take-out in New York City
  • Live in London
  • Write a memoir

Favorite Movies

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Spirited Away
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Great Gatsby.

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Inner Voice of Love – Henri Nouwen
  • Live Love Lead – Brian Houston
  • Intercessor – Rees Howells
  • A Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter

Random Piece of Info
I’ve been shark cage diving with Great White Sharks… and survived.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
The ability to perfectly dictate thoughts and moments. You know those moments when you say “I just can’t describe it.” or “There just aren’t any words.” I would love to be able to articulate those moments.

What’s your spirit animal?
A Lion

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Hiking and camping. Reading. Telling stories. Oh, and I laugh a ton haha

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SIDNEY PEARD

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STEPHANIE SHERMAN

stephWhat do you do around CSF?
I get to lead a few different small groups of amazing girls, am a recent member of the Discipleship team and get to plan/oversee all the parties! I also am the photographer and Sam Coons’ assistant with all things graphic design.

Hometown
I was an Army brat growing up-but we’ll say Hebron, KY because it’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere.

Degree
Integrated Strategic Communication (Creative Advertising)

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Be an extra in a movie, specifically, a rom-com where the couple that is featured is in line at a coffee shop, and I am the girl who gets coffee right before they do
  • Take a train to Seattle then travel down the West Coast and somewhere in Southern California
  • See the northern lights
  • Go to the Harry Potter Museum in London, England
  • Travel with no plans
  • Open a coffee shop with my friends that creates jobs for women who have been trafficked.

Favorite Movies

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Almost anything Disney
  • Friends
  • New Girl
  • Boy Meets World
  • As of this summer, The Office (I know, I’m way late to the game)
  • And have been making my way through all of the Lord of the Rings and coming to love it!

Favorite Books/Writers

  • The Bible
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Tim Keller
  • Lysa Terkeurst
  • Harry Potter series
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower

Random Piece of Info
I fell off the uneven bars and landed on my neck and almost became paralyzed.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
I’d love to re-learn violin or learn more than 3 songs on guitar.

What’s your spirit animal?
A dog—Qaaim told me I looked like a Collie, but my heart says golden retriever.

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
I drink coffee and do ridiculous things with my friends, read, hang out outside and draw, paint and all those fun artsy things.

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STEPHEN RUH

What do you do around CSF?
Hang out with Freshmen, cook pancakes, tweet things, play games and host video game tournaments

Hometown
Lakeside Park, KY

Degree
Sports

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Visit every U.S. state
  • Travel around the world in less than 80 days
  • Win a live poker tournament
  • Attend a World Cup
  • Publish a short story
  • Publish a long story
  • Learn a new language

Favorite Movies

  • Star Wars original trilogy
  • Oceans 11
  • Groundhog Day

Favorite Books/Writers

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

Random Piece of Info
I was almost in Star Wars (almost is pretty generous)

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Speed Reading/retention

What’s your spirit animal?
Matthew McConaughey

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

  • Playing ultimate frisbee
  • Mashing buttons playing video games
  • Soccer
  • Poker

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TATER CUNNINGHAM

CSF Staff | Tater CunninghamWhat do you do around CSF?

  • Pancakes
  • Shift
  • Interns

Hometown
Knoxville, TN

Degree
Secondary Math Education with a Minor in Physics

What’s on your bucket list?

  • Own on a California King bed
  • Sky Dive
  • Snowboard in the Alps, Canada, Alaska and Japan
  • Be a dad
  • Play Ultimate Frisbee in the Olympics
  • Beat Woff in Fantasy Football
  • Do a standing backflip

Favorite Movies

  • Avatar
  • Lord of the Rings

Favorite Books/Writers

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Book of Mormon
  • Letters From a Skeptic

Random Piece of Info
I am into random sports like Frisbee, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, etc.

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Beat Dampier in an argument with one line.

What’s your spirit animal?
Ring Tailed Lemur

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

  • Frisbee
  • Snowboarding
  • Climbing

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ZACH MOTES

What do you do around CSF?
Shift team

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Degree
Psychology and Spanish

What’s on your bucket list?
Drag racing

Favorite Movies
Donnie Darko

Favorite Books/Writers
Brave New World

Random Piece of Info
I recorded a one track EP called “Plug in Your Headphones”

If you could instantly master a single skill, what would you choose?
Pitching a 94 mph fastball

What’s your spirit animal?
Falcon

How do you burn calories when you are not at CSF?
Tae Bo with Billy Blanks

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