Meet the Staff

CCF has six full-time staff members who work closely with the ministry's twelve interns. Staff and interns strive to have fun, trusting and meaningful relationships with students at Tech. They live, love and teach in a way that hopefully points them to a loving Jesus, while also having fun and going on crazy adventures with students at Tech. Read below to learn all about each staff member and intern. Email any of the staff if you’d like to grab lunch or just talk with someone. That’s why they’re here!

Rick Harper
| Campus Minister |

Rick and Beth Harper started GTCCF in May 1987. Rick received a degree in Business from the University of Georgia in 1983 and was also involved at the Christian Campus Fellowship at UGA. After graduating, Rick spent a year as an intern at CCF at Florida State. There he met Beth, who holds a degree in Nursing from FSU. Rick completed his Master’s degree at Emmanuel School of Religion in 1987 and they moved to Atlanta to begin CCF as well as their family. Beth works at home as a full-time mother to their three boys, Garrett, Donovan, and Grayson. They are all active members of Southwest Christian Church in East Point, GA, where Rick and Beth teach a Sunday School class for young married couples. Rick’s job as Campus Minister includes teaching at Bible Study on Thursday nights, leading the Big Sap Leadership group, and meeting with and counseling students. As Campus Minister, he reports to the GTCCF Board of Directors.

Adrienne Oguntebi
| Associate Minister |

Adrienne Oguntebi grew up in Lilburn, GA and graduated from Georgia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Building Construction. After interning for a year at GTCCF, marrying her husband James, and working at a solar development company in San Francisco for a couple of years, they moved back to Atlanta in 2015. Adrienne now works part-time as a stay-at-home mom to their two children and part-time at GTCCF coordinating Trivia Lunch and mentoring upperclassmen women.

Jeremy Lawler
| Associate Minister |

Jeremy Lawler is from Stone Mountain, GA and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering. Afterwards, he worked as an intern at GTCCF and then moved overseas to help plant a Globalscope campus ministry in Spain. He has since completed his Master’s of Divinity degree at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, TN. Jeremy works with the upperclassmen students at CCF, and is in charge of our Tuesday night Cafe event.

Lauren Lillquist
| Associate Minister |

Lauren Lillquist graduated from Georgia Tech in 2013 with a degree in Management. Afterwards she interned at GT CCF for a year, working with freshmen students. She then went on to work with an Atlanta-based marketing firm to raise money for non-profit organizations. Lauren is now back at CCF as full-time staff, working with freshmooon (freshmen).

Marc Smith
| Associate Minister |

Marc Smith graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. The following year he interned at GTCCF, after which he married his wife Leslie. Marc and Leslie moved to TN, where Marc earned his Masters of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Marc has worked in student ministry since 2006. In 2011 Marc returned to GTCCF. Marc helps students fight poverty in Atlanta and around the world. God has blessed Marc & Leslie with 3 young children.

Neal Baker
| Senior Associate Minister |

Neal Baker graduated from Georgia Tech with a Materials Engineering degree in 1996. He was an intern at GTCCF from 1996-97, after which he took the position of Senior Associate Minister. Simply put, Neal does all the stuff nobody else wants to do. He keeps CCF’s finances in order, manages the house, works with the sophomore ministry group, and occasionally fills in for Rick at Bible Study.

Meet the Interns

Every year a group of recent graduates of Georgia Tech (and occasionally other schools) decide that they want to give back to the CCF community that has meant so much to them during their time in college. Interns work at CCF for one year, they live at the house and they are a huge part of making CCF run. This includes leading small groups, preparing food for events, heading up different ministry groups, investing in students, creating a fun & safe environment for students in the Tech community and many other important aspects of CCF. Each intern is assigned a certain ministry group for the year, which is broken up into Freshmen, Sophomores, Upperclassmen, and Compassion. Check out the intern bios below to learn a little bit more about this year’s interns!

Amber Athon
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: McDonough, Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I can fall asleep almost anywhere! Also, I can touch every part of my back.
I want to be an intern at CCF because I want students to know that they are loved by God so much that it is beyond comprehension, regardless of where they come from. I want others to be able experience the community that I have experienced; a community that is truly attempting to reflect Jesus to others.

Brett McClain
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Jasper, Georgia
Major: Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
Fun Fact: I didn't use to believe that having a beard made you wiser, but I am wiser now.
CCF saved my life. Before CCF, I had no clue who God was and I had no interest in finding out. The incredible people at CCF showed me so much love and showed me who Jesus is. I now have a relationship with Jesus, and I want to show everyone I can how incredible it is to know God.

Eric Strickland
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Palm City, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I hope to never own an automatic car.
College is supposedly the best 4 (or 5 or 6) years of your life, but it can also be really stressful/tough/lonely. Thus, a place like CCF where students can be loved unconditionally and be themselves is incredibly important and life-changing, and I'm really excited to be a part of it!

Helen Marrin
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA
Major: Architecture
Fun Fact: I am a serial sneezer. I never sneeze just once---they come rapid fire in multiples.
Why am I interning at CCF? I am interning at CCF because I want to be apart of sharing God's love and kindness through the incredible community that is CCF.

Jake Hancock
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: Tyrone, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: My spirit animal is a golden retriever, I can name the original 151 Pokemon, and I know the secret ingredients to Chick-fil-A sauce.
CCF was a huge part of me learning to take my faith seriously, helping me learn what God means for me in everyday life. I want to intern to help other students see how important God is for them in their lives, in the big things and the small.

Jamin Hershberger
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Middlebury, Indiana
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: To show happiness, tigers squint or close their eyes as do I!
I wanted to intern at CCF because I believe the importance, impact and value of having a Christ led community while in College is unmeasurable. I am excited to help facilitate others in finding out that CCF is such a place.

John Carlisle
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Norcross, Georgia
Major: Architecture
Fun Fact: I don't really like chocolate, and I don't really like milk. But I LOVE chocolate milk.
CCF became a family of friends for me. So many of the interns, and the staff, have been mentors in my life who understand what it is like to be a student under a lot of pressure and also how important it is to have fun. I want to give the same opportunities back to other students and welcome them into a place where they too can find family, fun, and life long friendships, all to make their time and theirselves better here at Georgia Tech.

John Golden
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Longview, Texas
Major: Materials Sciences and Engineering
Fun Fact: My favorite tv episode of all time is "Tapestry" from Star Trek: The Next Generation
CCF is a community for finding faith, becoming a leader, making friends, or just having fun. All of those things are awesome, but the reason I wanted to intern at CCF the most was because I wanted to be a part of and spread the Kingdom of God on Georgia Tech's campus with some of the best, smartest, hardworking people there are in this world.

Josh Dixon
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Major: Computer Engineering
Fun Fact: I did gymnastics for 7 years and still love flipping and anything acrobatic.
I'm interning so that I can show the love of Christ to students and help them through this formative period of their lives.

Kaitlyn Vaughan
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Grayson, Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I've skydived in New Zealand, and scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef.
I am interning because CCF has been my home during my years at Tech, and I am so excited to spend the year loving on students, growing closer to God together, and giving back to the community that has given so much to me.

Kishore Karnik
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: On two separate but related cases, I spent around a total of 8+ hours in a recording studio with Winston Churchill's Great-Grandson.
I want to help students in their process of building a relationship with God just like how past interns helped me do the same.

Lauren Maes
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: I'm fun - and that's a fact.
I'm excited to intern because that means I get to be a small part in making Jesus known in the lives of Georgia Tech students. And since God is all about hope, love, joy, grace, and truth, I get to experience those incredible things everyday and see people experience them for the first time or in new ways.

Macy Werner
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Canton, Georgia
Major: International Affairs and Spanish
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 8 countries and 15 states in the past 5 years!
I want to intern at CCF because I know the staff members are all in for Jesus and his love. I know I can learn so much about doing impactful ministry work while spending a year with some of the best people.

Mason Brantley
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Fun Fact: I enjoy long drives where I can belt out my favorite songs and embrace my inner rock star.
I'm interning because my former interns made a huge impact on me and helped me see what truly matters during my time at Tech and CCF. I want to show students how unconditionally they are loved by CCF and more importantly, by God.

Misty Parker
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Major: Literature, Media, and Communication
Fun Fact: I received my fourth concussion riding down Freshman Hill on a Razor scooter.
I am interning because I want students to find the community and home that found at CCF during my time as a student. I learned that God loves me unconditionally and I want to be able to share with students that He loves them and has a plan for their lives.

Molly Ricks
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Major: International Affairs
Fun Fact: I was an extra in the movie The Blind Side.
I'm interning so that I may give back to a community that truly cares about loving people.

Paloma Casteleiro Costa
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: La Coruña, Spain
Major: Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering
Fun Fact: The only item in my bucket list is to skydive in every continent - 2 down, 5 to go!
CCF is the place where I learned that living God's love on Earth is possible, where I found true friendship, absolute inclusiveness and a safe space to be myself (with the good, the bad and the weird). I want to be an intern at CCF to help other people find the LOVE I found here.

Taylor McKie
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: Jacksonville, Arkansas
Major: Environmental Engineering
Fun Fact: I've bathed on a volcano in Iceland in 30 degree weather. Also, birds are my spirit animal.
I'm excited to be a compassion intern because I love serving others and I want to share this love and the importance of it with students. I also want to dive into what God says and what He invites us to when it comes to service and social justice.