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UC students partake in mission trips during spring break

Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) students are rallying together with Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) to travel to various destinations during spring break for mission trips. Students will be going around Kentucky, Toledo, OH, Panama City Beach, Fla., and Long Island, N.Y.

“I’m really excited about the way God brought together the ministries,” exclaimed UC’s BCM Director, Dean Whitaker. “To see where God is at work and the students’ willingness to His work is wonderful.”

The Kentucky Social Justice team will be traveling to Galilean Home for Children in Liberty, Kentucky to help the staff and spend time with the children living in the home. Then the group will go to Refuge for Women in Lexington, Kentucky. The ministry helps women transition from a life in human trafficking and poverty into a life of spiritual and emotional stability. Finally, the group will be going to Laurel Lake Baptist Camp to help with maintenance and repairs before the camp opens for the summer. The following people will be going on this mission trip around Kentucky: Tori Dishman (Monticello, Ky.), Rebekah Henderson (Nicholasville, Ky.), Allie Washing (Lexington, Ky.), Esther Rosette (Longmont, Colo.), Debra Walters (Keavy, Ky.), Katie Byington (Church Hill, Tenn.), Bethany Yonts (Lexington, Ky.), Mayire Maihemuti (China), Magan Atwood (Williamsburg, Ky.), David Atwood (Williamsburg, Ky.), and Dean Whitaker (Williamsburg, Ky.).

Another BCM team will be heading to a Send City, Toledo, Ohio, to help in church planting and spreading God’s love and word to help revitalize areas where people are in the most need. The group will be spending time doing worship, working in clothing and food banks, and planting churches with a local church planting association. The following people will be selflessly going on this trip to do God’s will: Natalie Graham (Hixson, Tenn.), Andrew Douglas (Ingram, Ky.), Amber Nolan (Bledsoe, Ky.), Michael Trey Bryant (London, Ky.), Aaron Brewer (Mason, Oh.), Kathleen Kovach (London, Ky.), Hannah Foster (Jenkins, Ky.), Tanner Williams (Gosleon, Ky.), Brittany Gadd (Grove City, Pa.), Justin Todd (Williamsburg, Ky.) and Ezra Anderson (St. Louis, Mo.).

A third team will be heading to Panama City Beach, Florida to participate with Lifeway, a Southern Baptist Education program that reaches out to visiting college students who are on spring break. They will be spreading their ministry, giving free van rides to people, and reaching out to students. The following people are going on this mission: Tyler Bird (Burnside, Ky.), Erika Dobbs (Burnside, Ky.), Cory Crabtree (Somerset, Ky.), Tyler Edwards (Hartsville, Tenn.), Aaron Adkisson (Brodhead, Ky.), Zac Kemp (Barbourville, Ky.), Emily Rose (Williamsburg, Ky.), Rachel Helton (London, Ky.), Benjamin Staggs (Pikeville, Ky.) and Auburn DeBruler (Lawrenceburg, Ky.).

The last team will be going to Long Island, New York to help in the rebuilding after the devastation Hurricane Sandy left. A team from UC went last year to help cleanup. This year, the team will be doing rebuilding with homeowners. The following people are going to New York to rebuild lives: Ethan Lake (Berea, Ky.), Blake Reams (London, Ky.), Jessie Mosley (Stanton, Ky.), Alex Campbell (Middlesboro, Ky.), Aaron Cook (Stanford, Ky.), Barbara McCoy (Corbin, Ky.), Kelsey Day (Cumberland, Ky.), Kayla Smith (Williamsburg, Ky.), MiKayla Raines (Middlesboro, Ky.) and Abbey Cherry (Cincinnati, Oh.).

Along with these four weeklong trips, there will be two weekend trips students will be taking. During the first weekend of spring break, students will be leading worship at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky for the Kentucky Governor’s Cup, in which UC is the only sponsoring college for the event for the second consecutive year. University of the Cumberlands students Jeff Daughtery (London, Ky.) and Jayson Smith (Erlanger, Ky.) will be leading the Sunday worship service for the Governor’s’ Cup competition.

The second weekend during spring break, students will be going to the First Baptist Church in Greenup, Kentucky to conduct a worship service. The students will provide the message, music, and testimonies for the weekend. The following people are going to Greenup to give God the glory: Cory Crabtree (Somerset, Ky.), Sam Kozee (Sandy Hook, Ky.), Chris Setters (Alexandria, Ky.), Devon Peck (Richmond, Ky.), Julie Paris (Ashland, Ky.) and Tyler Edwards (Hartsville, Tenn.).

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant