Hi my name is Ryan Bigg and I am a second year fellow with The Road. I am 24 years old and from Lilburn, Georgia. I went to Parkview High School in Lilburn, then Oxford College of Emory University and went on to graduate from Emory University majoring in Sociology and Religion. I enjoy spending time with my two parents Amy and Tom as well as my sister Morgan, who is a nurse at Emory Midtown. I love watching and playing sports, especially college football and basketball, as well as spending time with my friends and family. I have a growing passion to want to help others. I find myself happiest when I am helping or interacting with people. This is why I am so excited to continue as part of The Road: to be able help people as a part of their community. I am also looking forward to continuing with The Road because I want to broaden my sense and idea of serving others in the non-profit sector.
This year I will be serving at Emmaus House.
Howdy! My name is Simeon, but most call me Sim. I’m the youngest in my family of six siblings, most of whom still live in Texas where I grew up. I’m in love with Jesus; I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community; and I enjoy reading books about politics, Church history, and stories with happy endings. I graduated from Georgia Tech in spring of ’16 with a degree in International Affairs, and I hope to continue my studies by going to seminary. I’m joining the Road this year to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and get to know the Diocese of Atlanta better. I speak fluent German and would love to practice with anyone who wants to learn!
This year I will be serving at Holy Comforter Church and The Friendship Center.
Hello! My name is Taylor Lampe and I am excited to return to The Road as a second year fellow. My first go-around was profoundly impactful, and I am back for more questioning, growth, and healthy Episcopal discernment.
I grew up in Indiana, where my dad and brother still reside, and graduated from Purdue University with a Biology degree and Spanish minor. My college years were spent learning as much as possible and wishing that I could major in everything. Last year, I served with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and became interested in community organizing and faithful action in social movements. My hope for this year is continued development of a 'wider sense of self': how are we all interconnected and how does that awareness change the way I live?
Atlanta has become home, and I love exploring the city via bike. If I'm not spending time with friends, you'll likely find me reading a book, eating new food, overthinking everything, or playing music.
This year I will be serving at Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.
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This year I will be serving at Georgia Justice Project.
Hello! I’m Andrew Pfaff, a 22 years old, who recently graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in southeastern Tennessee where I studied English. During my time at Sewanee, I developed a love for rugby, going on trail runs, and being outdoors in general. I have two siblings: a 12 year brother, Edward, and a sister, Helen, who will be a junior this fall at Sewanee. My father is an Episcopal priest who has just been called to Christ Church in Glendale, OH and he and my mother and brother will be heading there at the end of the summer. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and have been living all over the country since I left for Sewanee; my school years have been in Tennessee but I have split the last two summers between Northern California working at camps associated with the Diocese of California and at home in Milwaukee. I am tremendously excited to begin my time with The Road in the fall. I have found that I enjoy work that includes face-to-face interactions with people, and having the ability to help if help is needed. I am also excited to join the wider Atlanta community; my time in that region of the country has been wonderful and I am eager to explore the richness of Atlanta. Immersing myself in that setting, I believe, will make my time all the more rewarding!
This year I will be serving at Lost-n-Found Youth.
Hi, my name is Briana Reid! I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY to my lovely parents Jerome and Regina Reid. I am the third child of four children. Since the age of 9 I felt a strong responsibility to serve God’s People. Specifically, young women ages 14-25. In spring of 2013, I started a mentorship program called, “Beauty & Brains”. The mission of B&B is to encourage young girls to become bold, confident, and relentless. I believe through sharing my personal testimony of maturity and preservice during the face of adversity I will touch, move, and inspire young women to share their stories of victory as well.
Through my academic career at Daemen College located in Amherst, NY, I studied Liberal Studies with specializations in Psychology and Entrepreneurship. Post-graduation, I started my spiritual journey of preparation for my next level of elevation. I am coming to The Road to delve deeper into my calling to serve God’s People. Many are called, but few are chosen. I understand that this opportunity is the catalyst to my next dimension of my spiritual assignment. I hope to gain a duffel bag of tools on how to maneuver through life and how to connect with God’s people along the way.
My favorite quote is, "What would you do, if you could not fail?"
This year I will be serving at Central Outreach and Advocacy Center.
Hi, my name is Andy Russell. I’m from Burke, Virginia, just outside of DC, where my mom and dad reside. My brother is starting at the College of William & Mary this fall, my glorious alma mater, where I studied Government and minored in Anthropology. While I wouldn’t describe myself as an academic, I do enjoy learning and reading about almost anything, especially things that address the “big questions” in life. But that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the finer aspects of American pop culture, things like songs on American Top 40 or the never ending torrent of superhero movies. I also love playing and watching sports; playing with varying degrees of competence and watching with varying degrees of interest depending on the sport. After spending a year in Tanzania as a YASC missioner, I’m excited to be around people who celebrate touchdowns rather than goals when they watch football (no slight towards soccer intended!).
I’m joining The Road because the combination of living in intentional Christian community and working for a non-profit pretty perfectly suits where I am in life: I want to further explore Christian faith and what God is calling me to do in this life, all the while serving people. I’m interested in experiencing life in a large city in the South as well. But really in the end I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity that is the Episcopal Service Corps. Such opportunities do not exist everywhere in the world and where they do exist, not everyone can take advantage of them.
This year I will be serving at Mercy Care.
I have lived in Georgia most of my life, but I spent the past two years in Michigan as the wardrobe supervisor for a professional regional theatre. I recently returned to the south in order to be closer to my mom, dad, brother, and my puppy, Ziva. When I'm not studying, I love reading, baking, practicing yoga, and hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains. I am so excited to be part of The Road this year, and I hope it will allow me to grow spiritually and professionally, and that I will gain more insight into where God wants me to use my talents and shine my light. One of my favorite quotes is by author Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
This year I will be serving at Lutheran Services of Georgia: Refugee Resettlement.
I am a second year fellow with The Road. Throughout my life, my surroundings and culture have constantly shaped the person that I am through a process of constant reflection and discernment. In trying to find my path in life I have always found that life finds you instead. I am Mindy Velasquez and I grew up in southern California with my parents and younger sister and brother. As the oldest of three children, I was the first in my family to attend college and navigate through this new world that brought diverse insights and opportunities to myself and those around me. With the support of my family as I delved in this new undertaking, I received my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from California State University San Bernardino. Through studying sociology I gained an insight into societal issues that I realized extended beyond the personal struggles of my family, friends and community. The challenges I witnessed along the path of my life have inspired me, as these events and new insights usually come with deeper understandings. From this personal journey that has grown and continues to grow in perspective, I hope to deepen my understanding of society and community through The Road and gain discernment in my call to service through experience, interaction and support. Aside from my social interests I enjoy music, baseball, reading, baking and spending time with my family.
This year I will be serving at Catholic Charities: Refugee Resettlement.
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised right outside of the city. I was blessed to spend my childhood surrounded by the history of the Civil Rights Movement and immersed in the Southern traditions of food, music, and of course college football. I was also blessed with parents and a church community that introduced me to Catholic Social Teaching and to the Church’s tradition of social justice activism. These experiences led me to Georgetown University, where I majored in Latin American studies, concentrating upon the role of social movements in the region. I was also involved with a group of student activists who worked to organize unions and improve working conditions on campus.
I felt called to a year of service as I reflected upon Pope Francis’ call to “go to the margins” and ensure that the discourses of politics and policy are informed by the experiences of the poor and oppressed. During my time at The Road, I hope to explore further what it means to pursue the Catholic and Christian call to social justice, particularly the call to build solidarity and community. I also can’t wait to hike and backpack around Georgia, continue practicing the piano, and finally make it to the Georgia Aquarium.
This year I will be serving at Emmaus House.