2015 – 2016 Fellows

Justin Groth

Justin Groth

Dallas, TX
Justin first discovered his passion for serving the Lord and others at the University of North Texas, where he got his first taste of discipleship through leading prayer and Bible studies in his apartment and around the campus. Growing up in a missionary family, Justin has always had a desire to serve the poor and immigrant communities. Once he moved to Dallas to attend Bible college, this became more focused as he started regularly volunteering with a refugee ministry in the Diocese of Dallas. Justin and his then-fiance, Maycie, were confirmed at the Easter Vigil in 2013 and were married by Fr. Paul Wheatley later that June. Justin and Maycie enjoy listening to their growing vinyl collection, discovering new taco stands, and playing with their two cats, Leo and Sophie.

Jayna Hembree

Jayna Hembree

Knoxville, TN
After starting Young Life at a new school, leading for the past two years and mentoring high school girls, Jayna learned the value of relationships with people and the value of her relationship with Jesus. During her semester abroad in the United Kingdom, while living with non-believers, Jayna developed a love to live her life as a gospel to others. She previously worked as a development intern with the YWCA, a social service agency serving domestic violence victims and housing women. Jayna hopes to be a light by building relationships and loving others. Jayna loves the mountains, reading, dogs and coffee dates with friends.

Kate McDowell

Kate McDowell

Dallas, TX
During her college career studying Foods and Nutrition, Kate worked in several restaurants, including one in London. She also studied Business and hopes that her combined interests will be useful in the community this year. Growing up at Incarnation, Kate was very involved in the Youth Group and especially enjoyed participating in the Mission Trips. She is excited to be back at Incarnation for the Fellows Program. Kate’s hobbies include Foodie Adventures, traveling, gardening, finding shady places to hang her hammock, and trying every espresso shop around Dallas.

Matthew Pepper

Matthew Pepper

Nashville, TN
Matthew has spent multiple spring breaks in college volunteering to clean yards, rebuild houses, and invest deeper in relationships. He is pursuing a career in dentistry to one day fix smiles and mend hearts in other parts of the world. For the past year he has volunteered through the Nashville Rescue, Habitat for Humanity and working through a local church to facilitate recreation for children with special needs. He enjoys playing tennis, soccer, running, and starting every morning off with quiet time to pray and gain focus for the day.

Julia Powers

Julia Powers

Dallas, TX
Julia is a 2013 graduate of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she studied English with a concentration in creative writing. While in college, Julia was an active student leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, developing a passion for spiritual formation and young adult ministries. Born and raised in Dallas, Julia returned to the metroplex after college and has been involved at Incarnation since January 2014. She loves writing (especially on her blog), reading, and good conversation.

James Wright

James Wright

Jonesboro, AR
James is a recent graduate from Arkansas State University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Sport Management, James stayed involved on campus. You could usually find him dining in the cafeteria, socializing in the gym, playing volleyball at his fraternity house, or on occasion quenching his thirst for knowledge in the library. He is in love with the gospel and how it transforms lives. James had an opportunity this past summer to travel to Southeast Asia to build relationships with college students across the globe. His parents, Eddie and Bonnie reside in Jonesboro, AR. James has one brother, Christopher, who attends the University of Alabama. He did, in fact, shed a few tears during last year’s Iron Bowl.

2013 – 2014 Fellows

Laura Fredericks

Laura Fredericks

LAURA FREDERICKS is a graduate of Texas Women’s University, where she studied social work, and will graduate with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in December. She grew up in Richardson, Texas with her parents and two brothers. She has worked with at-risk youth in internships at the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center and Big Brother Big Sisters. During graduate school, she became an active member at Incarnation, where her family has been members for over 30 years. She has been able to combine her passions for the Lord and working with children through helping with North Dallas High School Young Life, teaching the 6th grade Confirmation class, and being a leader with the Middle School Youth Group. Laura will serve in the Middle School Ministry and Young Life.

Shea Gililland

Shea Gililland

SHEA GILILLAND is a graduate of Criswell College, where he majored in biblical studies. He was born in Fort Worth in 1989, and now lives with his wife, Summer, in Dallas. Shea was raised a Southern Baptist, but was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in December 2012; he is very interested in discerning God’s plan for his role in serving the church. He is considering pursuing graduate studies, and his interests include peace and social studies, New Testament, and literature and film. Shea will serve in the Young Adults ministry, and work at The Radler Foundation.

Emily May

Emily May

EMILY MAY is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in sociology. She is the eldest of four and from Greensboro, North Carolina. She made the decision to surrender her whole life to Christ at Frontier Ranch, a Young Life camp, and she was heavily involved in the ministry of Young Life in college. She was a leader at Watauga High School for three years and fell in love with the mission of every adolescent getting the opportunity to encounter Christ. She loves high school ministry, playing outside, reading, road trips, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Emily will serve in Children and Family Ministries and Drop-in Fridays at North Dallas High School, and work at Boosterthon.

Ryan Pollack

Ryan Pollack

RYAN POLLACK is completing his undergraduate degree in biblical studies at Criswell College. He was born and reared in Austin, Texas, along with a brother and two sisters. Since 2009 he has lived in Dallas with his wife, Jessyca. He hopes to begin seminary in the 2013–2014 academic year. He’s lately enjoyed exploring Dallas on his bicycle. Ryan will serve in Children and Family Ministries and Young Life, and work at Innovation 360.

Brian Wiese

Brian Wiese

BRIAN WIESE is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he majored in marketing with a collateral in logistics, earning a degree in business administration. He is originally from Nashville, Tennessee where he has spent most of his life surrounded by amazing friends and family. He loves meeting new people and doing just about anything outdoors. Brian will serve in the High School Ministry and Young Life, and work at Dentons.