Waddel Fellowship

The Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Georgia is glad to partner with the Lilly Endowment and the Forum for Theological Exploration for The Waddel Fellowship, a student vocational discernment project that has been developed in partnership with congregations in Northeast Georgia Presbytery, the Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Alabama (Bama UKirk), and Columbia Theological Seminary. The Waddel Fellowship is administered by the Waddel Fellowship Committee of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Campus Ministry.

Sept. 2015 Waddel Gathering

Waddel Fellows at the September 2015 Waddel Gathering with Dr. Brendan Leahy of the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.

The goals of the Waddel Fellowship are to encourage undergraduate students and recently graduated students in the Athens area to explore calls to Christian ministry, to consider the relationship between faith and vocation, and to prepare for various types of leadership in the church. These goals are achieved by placing undergraduate students in short-term, part-time, paid leadership positions in congregations in the Athens area, building support networks in which they are mentored and trained, assisting them in visiting seminaries, and holding an annual vocational weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary. In addition, a full-time Waddel Fellowship Intern supports the Waddel Fellows and administers the program. The Waddel Fellowship, named for The Rev. Dr. Moses Waddel (1770-1840), former President of the University of Georgia and Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Athens, will commence with its third class in August 2017.

Click on the links below for 2017-2018 applications.

Applications open only to program participants:

2016-2017 Waddel Fellows

  • Stacey Bowden, a junior from Athens, will be at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Natalie Bishop.
  • Wes Bowden, a junior from Athens, will be at Central Presbyterian Church in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Patty Brooks.
  • Christina Cordon, a graduate student from Alpharetta, will be at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of community outreach under the supervision of Carol Strickland.
  • Dray Criswell, a freshman at Athens Technical College, will be at Interfaith Hospitality Network under the supervision of Stacy Pardue.
  • Nettie Jester, a sophomore from Martinez, will be at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Kim Ness.
  • Peyton Lipecky, a sophomore from Martinez, will be at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of congregational care under the supervision of Carol Strickland.
  • Savannah McGinnis, a junior from Monticello, will be at Madison Presbyterian Church in the area of children’s music ministry under the supervision of Amanda Prochaska.
  • Justin Molnar, a sophomore from Watkinsville, will be at Oconee Presbyterian Church in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Evan Carter.
  • Jordan Osborne, a freshman from Watkinsville, will be at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Natalie Bishop.
  • Paulo Santos, a recent graduate from Brazil, will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Justin Van Wicklen.
  • Taylor Young, a sophomore from Watkinsville, will be at Oconee Presbyterian Church in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Evan Carter.

2015-2016 Waddel Fellows

  • David Bailey, a graduate student from Augusta, served at Central Presbyterian in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Patty Brooks.
  • Stacey Bowden, a sophomore from Athens, served at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Natalie Bishop.
  • Wes Bowden, a junior from Athens, served at Covenant Presbyterian in the area of general pastoral leadership under the supervision of Mark Harper.
  • Christina Cotsakis, a graduate student from Alpharetta, served at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Justin Van Wicklen.
  • Savannah McGinnis, a sophomore from Monticello, served at Madison Presbyterian in the area of children’s music ministry under the supervision of Amanda Prochaska.
  • Justin Molnar, a freshman from Watkinsville, served at Central Presbyterian in the area of children’s ministry under the supervision of Patty Brooks.
  • Carter Roberts, a junior from Atlanta, served at Oconee Presbyterian Church in the area of congregational care under the supervision of Joel Tolbert.
  • Alyssa Standard, a junior from McDonough, served at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Kim Ness.
  • Catherine Warren, a May 2015 UGA graduate from Avondale Estates, served at Friendship Presbyterian in the area of communication ministry under the supervision of Tara Bulger.
  • Elizabeth Wilkes, a sophomore from Atlanta, served at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in area of community outreach under the supervision of Carol Strickland.
  • Taylor Young, a freshman from Watkinsville, GA, served at Oconee Presbyterian Church in the area of youth and children’s ministry under the supervision of Joel Tolbert.

Waddel Fellowship Interns

  • Seth Hulsey, 2016-2017 & 2015-2016