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.

Brett McClain
| Associate Minister |

Brett McClain is from Little Rock, AR and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering. Afterward, he worked as an intern at GTCCF. Brett works with outreach efforts on campus, and helps with Bible Study on Thursday Nights.

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.

Kaitlyn Vaughan
| Associate Minister |

Kaitlyn Vaughan is from Grayson, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She spent the next year interning at GT CCF, working with sophomore students. She is returning this year to be on staff full time, and she will be focusing on upperclassmen students and Café, CCF’s Tuesday night event.

Lauren Worrell
| Associate Minister |

Lauren Worrell 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 freshmoon (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!

Brooke Beatty
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Peachtree City, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: I have a birthmark on my leg that is in the exact shape of the state of Georgia.
I want to intern because I want students at Tech to be transformed by knowing Jesus Christ and experiencing the freedom of loving and being loved by him.

Brooks Wilde
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: I was an inch away (literally) from getting my first hole-in-one on my 25th birthday.
I wanted to be an intern at CCF because it was a place that provided me with fun and friends throughout my 6 years at Tech and gave me a reason not to transfer out. I want to be a part of helping make that same experience possible for other students when the troubles of Tech get them down.

Christian Shaheen
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Dalton, Georgia
Major: International Affairs and Spanish
Fun Fact: I swam with sharks, penguins, and seasons near the Galápagos Islands.
CCF became my home away from home during my four years at Tech. I am excited to help create that environment next year for students from all over the world.

David English
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: Flowery Branch, Georgia
Major: Industrial Engineering
Fun Fact: I can grow a beard sometimes, food is my kryptonite, and I can quote Lion King in its entirety.
CCF has been an incredible place of growth for me these last couple of years. It’s a place where I finally felt safe and unjudged for having and asking my faith questions. It’s a place of inclusivity and love and where the people are genuinely seeking Jesus and striving to model their lives after His. I want to help direct people to this truly remarkable family and to the AMAZING grace and love of our Savior.

Hannah Rittweger
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Cartersville, Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I have a passion for laser cutters, power drills, and singing loudly!
I am interning because Tech is tough. Every student needs a place where they feel loved and accepted. I want to help show the power of God's love in a community of support and encouragement.

John Hudgins
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Major: Computer Science
Fun Fact: My favorite pastime/hobby is doing sound effects and impressions. I have a list that’s just over 100 long. Also… I REALLY LIKE CLIMBING!
I am choosing to intern at CCF this year because I love the community God brings together from so many different people. Even people who don’t believe in him yet. It’s a great glimpse of what the church really should be. Loving and accepting, while still speaking the hard truth that we’re all wrong and in need of the free gift God has given us. I am looking forward to seeing what all God wants to do in and through his children this year, while making great friends and memories along the way.

Joy Armstrong
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: A lot of different places! But I've lived in Atlanta the longest now!
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: I've had 3 guinea pigs in my life and they were all named Guinea.
Jesus is present in this community. I've been transformed by the love that I've received at CCF. I want to be an intern at CCF because I want everyone to know the incredible peace, joy, and love that comes from a relationship with Jesus.

Kaleigh Watters
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Jasper, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: I’m not convinced I know how to read, I’ve just memorized a lot of words.
The community of CCF has long been striving toward acceptance and belonging, personal and spiritual growth, and learning to live like Jesus. I'm excited to play a part in what that looks like next year and invite others along!

Matt Bower
| Sophomore Intern |

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Major: Computer Engineering
Fun Fact: I was once a boat captain at Disney World.
CCF has shown me what Christianity and The Church look like in their purest form. I'm honored to be spending a year dedicated to helping love and make welcome everyone at CCF in the way that former interns have done for me.

Matt McNeeley
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Grayson, Georgia
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Fun Fact: I am a huge music nerd, and I own eight musical instruments.
I am interning at CCF because of my strong desire to give back to the community which has done so much for me. I feel called to pour into others the same way so many others at CCF have poured into me. I hope to build lasting relationships and to help others become more intimately connected to Jesus.

Melinda Smith
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: I played the oboe in high school.
I'm interning because I feel called by God to give back to a community that loved and supported me.

Noah Giles
| Compassion Intern |

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Major: Computer Science
Fun Fact: I’m a third degree black belt in Taekwondo and I like to freestyle rap!
CCF is a place where people can honestly and freely ask questions and learn things about God and faith, and I want to be a part of helping people understand who God is a little better. I think I’m well equipped to serve people and help them as they learn about faith, and I want to spend meaningful time with cool people!

Shoeman Williams
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Sandy Springs, Georgia
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Fun Fact: Technically due to a former job, I am a mailman.
I've wanted to be an intern since I was a freshman! I was undoubtedly changed by the love of God shown to me by interns and students past. I want to pass that along to the students that follow me.

Stephanie Bennett
| Upperclassmen Intern |

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving in New Zealand.
CCF has been a home for me throughout my time at Tech. I’m interning here to let students know that they can find a home here too - a home where they’re loved, welcomed, and accepted just the way God made them to be. The love of Jesus is so evident here, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Zach Durrence
| Freshmen Intern |

Hometown: Sylvania, Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: I'm Batman.
Your whole life changes when you come to college: you're on your own and barely know anyone. I hope to be there for these students and show them the love and support that others and Jesus have shown to me.