First Year Interns

The first year of interning is all about identity, we aim to understand who God is and who He made us to be as His children.

ANNA GOELLNER

FIRST YEAR | DISCIPLESHIP
currently enjoying: well-worn books, stickers, lavender lattes, random dance parties, the How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack, befriending the barista at the coffee shop you go to every day, scrapbooking, and a daily morning Tiktok scroll (like the morning news!)

BEN GILL

FIRST YEAR | SMALL GROUPS
A research study conducted in August of 2022 revealed that 9 out of 10 Wesley interns would consider themselves “big fans of Ben”. The other 1 out of 10 was Ben himself who stated he is “working on humility” but added and selected an option for “biggest fan of Ben”.  Semi factual research aside, Ben is super passionate about seeing God move in unexpected ways and living by “love God, love people, and love who God made you to be”. Ben is also a big fan of Chick-fil-A so if you ever want to talk about God over nuggets and sweet tea, you know who to go to! 

CAM PACE

FIRST YEAR | PRAYER
“truly never gone from strangers to slumber party besties so quickly with anyone” -Abby R.
“a wise and generous buddy” -Katie C.
“able to sit with others in their feelings” - Rosa V.
“proud dog mom.” - Kaylee T.
“mental health advocacy QUEEN” - Rachel H.
“friend of Bob & color blind” - Mackenzie W.

COLLIN WOODRUM

FIRST YEAR | WORSHIP
Hello, I’m Collin! Here are a few quick facts about me — 1) George Harrison is my favorite Beatle. 2) I love long distance running [I’ve run 4 half-marathons]. 3) I eat way too many tacos every week [like… a lot]. More importantly, I love playing music and using my abilities to lead others in worship of Jesus! 

GABBY BLEVINS

FIRST YEAR | DIVERSITY OUTREACH
Hey friends! I’m a first year intern on diversity outreach! I’m a senior here at UGA studying biology! The two things you need to know about me is that I love The Cat in the Hat (it’s a cinematic masterpiece) and you will probably always see me with a Diet Coke (if having one a day is wrong, I don’t want to be right)! I’m so excited to serve as an intern this year and see how God moves at UGA! 🤍

HANNAH WALKER

FIRST YEAR | ENCOUNTER
Hannah is a first year Encounter intern and a senior at UGA majoring in History and Psychology. She is an enneagram 4 (with a wing 3) and firmly believes that making curated Spotify playlists is indeed an art form. Hannah loves reading books, listening to music, hanging out with her friends, snapping pictures of pretty flowers, and swing dancing (catch her at Phi Slam swing dancing on Tuesdays)! She is incredibly excited to see all the amazing ways God is going to move this year and cannot wait to love on students at UGA and the community of Athens as a whole!
Loves: Spotify's Discover Weekly, holding babies, being a plant mom, telling random stories, peonies, fall weather, pumpkin spice frappuccinos, oversized sweatshirts, cool sneakers, sundresses
Not Loves: not using a blinker, most vegetables, math, sunburns, warm tones, ants, sushi, hot coffee

HANNAH YARBOROUGH

FIRST YEAR | YOUTH + ADVANCEMENT
Hannah Yarborough is really excited to be here :) 

JACKSON MULKEY

FIRST YEAR | MEDIA
Hey, I’m Jackson! Here are some things that some people wouldn’t specifically know about me (but are probably still on brand): I love cooking, I did stop motion animation in high school, and I think water as a drink is super underrated. My music taste ranges from things like Tchaikovsky and Chopin to Radiohead and Pink Floyd. I’m 5’11” and proud.
God has been showing me how to be more confident in myself and has been casting out fear in me! I’m very passionate about the fact that fear has no place in us when we are sons and daughters of the King.
~ If you get my Vine references I’ll be your best friend forever ~

JAMES CURRINGTON

FIRST YEAR | DISCIPLESHIP + ENCOUNTER
Quality time
A good hug
A pack of gummy worms
And a movie
That’s it

JULIA STEWART

FIRST YEAR | CONNECT
Julia is a first year Connect intern who just graduated from UGA with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is so excited to begin teaching elementary school after finishing her time at Wesley. She is very passionate about getting to meet new people and making everyone feel seen and loved by God!
Places you can usually find her:
- At a random concert of a band you’ve probably never heard of (Ask her about her concert list)
- At a Starbucks with a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew in hand
 - At the gym in the middle of the night listening to Big Bootie Remix
- Watching Friends on repeat

KASANA PAGE

FIRST YEAR | ENCOUNTER + MISSIONS
Kasana is a first year intern who recently graduated from UGA with a degree in HR Management. She’s a big camp girl (Cho Boi!!) who loves to be outdoors, especially rock climbing, whitewater kayaking or Enoing with a good book! Some fun facts about Kasana are she’s as tall as Stetson Bennett (GO DAWGS!!), she was a member of the Spike Squad all throughout college, she hopes to one day open her own bakery, she went on a 6 week hiking and photography trip to 13 national parks one summer and she once went down a Class 3 rapid backwards and with no paddle!! If you ever need a buddy to visit the Botans, go on a walk or outdoor adventure, or just chat with, let her know!! 🦋🪴🌸🌻🥰

KATIE PITNER

FIRST YEAR | ADMIN + WORSHIP
Katie is a first year Worship and Admin intern who is an avid Harry Potter fan and average pickleball player. She can relate almost any situation to a New Girl scene and rap most of Hamilton. She also loves listening to music while cooking and seeing people live more freely in God. Go Dawgs!

LAUREN FORBES

FIRST YEAR | DISCIPLESHIP
Lauren is first year discipleship intern and has a side hustle as a dance teacher. She recently graduated with a degree in elementary education and hopes to make it big with a career as an elementary school teacher one day. Lauren is passionate about one on one relationships, celebrating birthdays, organization, hiking, and Mexican food. Her favorite places in Athens include the sidewalks of five points, maepole, wesley ofc, trappeze, the chair by the window in her bedroom, and orange theory. 

LYDIA AKIN

FIRST YEAR | PRAYER
Strengths: musical intelligence level 1000, Redcoat (go dawgs), honorary citizen of Brazil, is ALWAYS down for an adventure, gives good advice
Weaknesses: wears chacos like they’re fashionable, is always late, sleeps with clothes on the bed, owns a cat

MADISON HENRY

FIRST YEAR | SMALL GROUPS
Madison is a recent UGA graduate and a lover of sports, coffee, music + concerts, and people. You can often find her at a local Athens restaurant, on a walk with her dog, or watching a Braves game with friends. She is very passionate about students stepping into the abundant life Jesus offers and knowing the love God has for His children!!

MADISON MCMANNERS

FIRST YEAR | PRAYER
Madison recently graduated with double majors in Psychology and Communication Studies with a minor in English. She loves the color pink, iced lavender lattes, all things fairy related, talking about personalities, giving (and receiving) words of affirmation, and making new friends. She is always down to play board games or go thrift and antique shopping with you. Her greatest dream is to be a fantasy novelist. If you ever need someone to sit with at Wesley, look for the girl with the pink hair!

MADISYN BROWN

FIRST YEAR | YOUTH
Madisyn is a first year Youth intern. She is a senior at UGA studying English. Some things she loves: conversations about theology and good books, taking walks by the river at sunset, the beach, Cosmic Brownies, her dog, and Sundays with her family Fun facts: she thinks waking up early is a personality trait and makes her elite & she has watched New Girl more times than any person ever. She is so excited to be here & can't wait to see what God has in store for Wesley this year!

MARY BETH MALLARD

FIRST YEAR | ENCOUNTER + MEDIA
I am an extrovert on a mission to tap into my introvert side. I am very into rewatching this shows I have already seen and laughing at the same jokes I already know are funny. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I have an Amazon addiction and though I have identified the problem I am not actively working on a solution. I am the oldest sibling and grandchild and I love the power. I am not confrontational but and I am sensitive so please don’t pick on me, I’ll laugh in public but it will haunt me forever. If you ever want to get me a gift, chips and cheese and salsa is always a good option. Anyways, that’s me. 😊

MICHAEL WEIDNER

FIRST YEAR | DISCIPLESHIP + INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY
Hi, I'm Michael! I am a first-year discipleship and international student ministry intern. I am so excited to be a part of what God is doing here! I love playing golf, basketball, and most sportsballs. I do woodworking in my garage and feel led to include that I love gummies. If you want to hang, let me know!

QUADE HARDIN

FIRST YEAR | SMALL GROUPS
Quade is a first year small groups intern. Graduating from UGA in 2022, Quade will forever brag that Georgia won the National Championship his senior year. Quade’s order from Chick-fil-A is a #1 w/ buffalo sauce & ranch, large fries w/ ketchup, large coke (lite ice), and an 8 count nugget w/ CFA sauce. 

SAM KNELL

FIRST YEAR | PRAYER
Sam Knell is a first-year intern on prayer and international student ministry. He loves to talk deeply about God, theology, the best Mexican restaurant in town, movies, really anything. Well almost anything. He will not talk with you about politics (even though he graduated with a degree in political science). He cares passionately about people hearing the gospel and knowing the God who paid the ultimate price to set them free. Sam is always up for a spontaneous adventure or a good book recommendation. He would love to play tennis with you!

SAVANNAH HILL

FIRST YEAR | MEDIA
I am a first year intern on media. Some of my favorite activities (outside of being a Wesley intern!) are getting coffee, having movie nights, thrift shopping, and making art. I love making the people in my life feel seen and known, and want to extend that to the students I get the honor to serve! 

SIDNEY COUNSELL

FIRST YEAR | ADMIN + INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY
You can probably find her at the gym or jogging around Athens, Sidney is passionate about reading, big mugs of coffee, rowing, and the importance of just sitting down on the floor sometimes. Always one to talk about books or how smelling candles at TJMaxx is a hobby, she also loves how even the most seemingly innocuous of tasks and jobs have the power to bring glory to God and advance His kingdom. She's stoked for this year :)

SKYLAR BARTH

FIRST YEAR | CONNECT
Skylar loves meeting new people, getting coffee, and going on long drives. She also loves the Lumineers, traveling, fall, Harry Potter, and Christmas. She can fall asleep anywhere and is probably the worst dancer at the party. She can’t cook but loves food. After 4 years of going to Wesley, she’s so excited to be on staff! Love does! God is good!

WES BULLINGTON

FIRST YEAR | WORSHIP + THE LIGHT
Wes Bullington is a child of missionaries to the Dominican Republic. He takes after his mother as a martial arts instructor with a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and his father as a pianist. He serves on the worship team and with The Light. He is a prose writer and huge nerd with paraphernalia from almost every major fantasy franchise. A perfect friend for movie nights, board games, card games, book club, just listening to music and solving the world's problems. His passion is for relationships rooted in Christ and keeps JRR Tolkien's quote close to heart, "Not all those who wander are lost." 

ZACK WASHBURN

FIRST YEAR | WORSHIP
Zack is a first year Worship intern who loves pickleball, blueberry muffins, and Benedict Cumberbatch. He's watched Parks and Rec more times than he's proud of, and he spends a lot of time at the botanical gardens. Ask him about what he does in school and his neat dog Goose!