Leadership

Meet our UKirk Birmingham leadership!

CALLIE

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My name is Callie Nickles and I am a senior Nutrition & Dietetics student at Samford University where I am involved on the Samford Recruitment Team and in my sorority. I have a passion for beautiful plant-based foods, Gilmore Girls, coffee, and performing on stage.

If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?
Lion taming.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I could survive on mangoes for the rest of my life.
What’s your go-to show these days?
Gilmore Girls is (and will always be) my go-to show.
What was the first song/album you owned?
My first album was Plus One “The Promise” (Christian boy band)
What’s your favorite indoor activity?
Knitting is my favorite indoor activity.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Throwing the Frisbee is my favorite outdoor activity (but that doesn’t speak to my actual skill)
What’s your favorite thing about Church?
My favorite thing about church is the music
What’s an area in which the Church could do better?
I think the church needs to work on pushing people out of their comfort zones in order to see how God works in so many more ways than we could ever imagine.

LUCY

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Hello! My name is Lucy Kate Green and I am a junior communication studies/religion student at Samford. At school I am involved in Student Government Association and President of Samford Together. I enjoy reading books by Brennan Manning, hiking at home in north Georgia, displaying my bad dance moves in public, and watching The Office.

If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?
Trapeze for sure. It looks so fun and graceful!
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tortilla chips.
What’s your go-to show these days?
New Girl, always. But these days I have gotten into Broadchurch – a British crime show!
What was the first song/album you owned?
Britney Spears was my first CD, but I had cassette tapes of Christmas music I used to love.
What’s your favorite indoor activity?
Reading or Catchphrase!
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Hiking or playing soccer!
What’s your favorite thing about Church?
The intergenerational aspect. At college, I rarely interact with people outside of my phase of life. Church is a cool common ground where all of our lives and seasons meet.
What’s an area in which the Church could do better?
The Church just isn’t good at talking about hard things. We don’t have shame about being human, so we shouldn’t have shame about having sin. The Church needs to talk about issues that the rest of the world talks freely about, or else the Church will not have influence on those issues.

 

PATRICK

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I’ve been serving as the Campus Minister for UKirk Birmingham for about a year now, and it’s been a wild ride and joy-filled journey thus far! I’m an east Tennessee native and sweet tea addict, and when I’m not doing “pastor” things I’m on a walk with my partner, Caitlin, and our combined three big dogs.

If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?
Something involving fire. Nothing involving clowns.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Peanut butter and honey.
What’s your go-to show these days?
Shameless. It’s such a hilarious and profound take on today’s urban issues.
What was the first song/album you owned?
The Mighty Ducks 2 soundtrack. Played that thing in my Sony Walkman for months.
What’s your favorite indoor activity?
Trying to cook something I’ve never cooked before. And that’s a large pool of options.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Running. Unless I don’t have my headphones. Does that make me a high- maintenance runner?
What’s your favorite thing about Church?
The sense of community that is cultivated with people I wouldn’t usually encounter. Somehow, God always seem to challenge my cynicism and curmudgeon-ness with surprise and grace. And that helps me love others…and helps others love me.
What’s an area in which the Church could do better?
The Church needs to challenge power, not crawl into bed with it. Power can be toxic and destructive. It causes oppression and inequity. The Church is called to speak truth to power, professing God’s work of liberating people to live as beloved people who’s dignity is seen and respected.

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