Howdy! My name is Simeon Bruce, and I grew up under the wide skies of the Texas plains. I came to Atlanta by way of Georgia Tech, where I received a degree in International affairs. Since then, I have moved steadily in the direction of church life. After a year spent living in a monastery in Massachusetts, I came to Atlanta to work as a Road Fellow, where I am now in my second year of work at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. My interests include singing, lifting weights, reading too many books at once, and admiring the Dallas Cowboys. Moving forward, I hope to attend seminary next year in preparation for becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church.
Service Site: Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Hello, my name is Sarah Johns. I grew up in the Appalachian foothills in Huntsville, Alabama where I learned to sew a straight line before I learned how to read. Creative energy has followed me ever since, and to this day one of my favorite things is the joy that comes from working with my hands and my mind to create something new.
An interdisciplinarian, I studied art, psychology, and social work at the University of Alabama and I just graduated in May! I’m particularly interested in how art-making can benefit children who have experienced trauma and I intend to pursue a masters in art therapy after my time serving at The Road.
Throughout my 22 years, I’ve been deeply involved in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, serving as a youth minister, camp counselor, and president of my college ministry. The Episcopal church has always felt like home to me both figuratively and literally, as I was a resident at Canterbury Chapel’s student housing during my time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I’m thrilled to continue living and working within the Episcopal tradition at The Road!
Service Site: Georgia Justice Project
Hello! I am Andrew Bates. I grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta, with my twin brother, mom, and dad. I attended Auburn University where I majored in Mechanical Engineering and found a home at the Auburn Wesley Foundation. There, I developed an interest in exploring community and local service. I had my ideas challenged and I realized just how much each one of us can grow if we are brave enough to allow it to happen. After graduation I spent a wonderful, yet challenging, year in Stockholm, Sweden researching water purification techniques and renewable energy for developing countries.
I like to learn about myself and other people, and I am excited to join the Road in order to have a year of growth through service, community, and Christian spirituality. I am eager to join the Peoplestown community and see what I can learn from them and how I can serve. In my free time, I can be found in the woods hiking, at the lake water skiing, with friends laughing, or by myself playing guitar.
Service Site: Mercy Care
Greetings! My name is David Boyd, I’m 23, and I was born and raised in Atlanta. I recently graduated from Centre College, majoring in Religion and minoring in Art History. While at Centre, I also met my beautiful fiancée, Sarah! My interests include hiking, watching the Hawks, cooking, and listening to the Grateful Dead,
Mary Oliver writes in her poem, “These Summer Days,” “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” As a Discerner in the Diocese of Atlanta, I have spent a good bit of time talking out how I might respond to Oliver’s question. I am so excited to spend the next year at The Road living into that question as I listen to how God calls me to join my deepest joys to the world’s deepest needs.