The 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.
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 fourth class in August 2018.
Waddel Fellowship Interns
Paulo Santos, 2018-2019
Mary Elizabeth McDaniel, 2018
Jonathan Freeman, 2017-2018
Seth Hulsey, 2016-2017 & 2015-2016
Annabel McSpadden, a first year graduate student in Counseling is serving at First Presbyterian Church of Athens in pastoral care ministry, under the supervision of Rev. John Kipp.
Chris Mokros Jr., a student at Athens Technical College, is serving in youth and college ministry at Oconee Presbyterian Church, under the supervision of Rev. Joel Tolbert.
Dray Criswell, a student at Athens Technical College, is serving in non-profit ministry at U-Lead Athens, under the supervision of Christina Cordon.
Justin Molnar, a senior at UGA, is serving at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the music ministry, under the supervision of Clifford Brock.
Kathryn Kent, a freshman at UGA, is serving at First Presbyterian Athens in the youth ministry, under the supervision of Kim Ness.
Leighton Parker, a junior at UGA is serving at First Presbyterian Athens in Outreach ministry, under the supervision of Rev. Carol Strickland.
Will Drosos, a senior at UGA is serving at St. Gregory Episcopal Church in the area of youth ministry under the supervision of Rector Nikki Mathis.
Click on the links below for 2019-2020 applications:
Waddel Fellow Application (for undergraduates and recent graduates, open through 4/15 deadline extended)
Waddel Fellowship Intern Application (full time position, application closed on 4/15)
Congregational/Non-Profit Organization Application (for congregational leadership, application closed on 4/15)
Applications open only to program participants:
Seminary Visit Travel Assistance Application (ongoing application for program participants)
William Waddell Scholarship (for seminary/YAV scholarship, open Jan. 1 through Mar. 31)