Rendan Overcash – WOW INTERN
Rendan has been a part WOW Urban Ministries for three years and has loved and grown from the experiences each summer. His home congregation is Christ the King in Cary, where he has been heavily involved in his Youth Group and leadership of younger youth as he has aged. Rendan is an only child and lives a happy and full life with his parents Dawn and Tim Overcash. Rendan has served as a leader in Boy Scouts, participating in multiple leadership roles such as Patrol leader and Quarter Master. He has served as a participant and leader through his local TEC (Teens Encountering Christ) community where he has been an integral part of the leadership team. He has participated on the team through group discussions throughout multiple weekends around what it means to lead a Christ center life. Rendan believes that his TEC roles have prepared him most for this specialized experience of spiritual leadership. The TEC experience has offered him the opportunity to guide people through discussions based on their faith. He says this experience has helped strengthen his faith preparing him for this summer. Rendan hopes that his WOW experiences will continue to help him grow through the next few years, helping reach out to as many people as he can who need him; as well as others.
A few fun facts about Rendan: his favorite movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. His favorite artist is Jon Bellion. His favorite color is blue and his favorite vacation spot is the beach. He loves brownies, and his guilty pleasure is binge watching Netflix.
Lacy Ott – WOW CREW
Lacy Ott has been a part of WOW for the past six summers, and first got involved through her home church Lutheran church of the Resurrection in Marietta, GA. She has two older sisters who both attend UGA (Go Dawgs!) and lives her mom and three crazy cats. Lacy works as a lifeguard, swim coach, and nanny, and loves to volunteer. One ministry, aside from WOW, that she is particularly involved with is the Children’s Restoration Network, which serves group homes across Georgia. She loves the band Bleachers, all things chocolate and ice cream, and spends way too much money on gummy bears. She hopes that her time on staff this summer will give her the opportunity to help others learn to love service, and grow in their faith.
Will Trout – WOW CREW
Will has been a part of the WOW leadership team since 2012. He is very excited to join this summer’s Staff as a Crew-2 member. Will served as a WOW Crew member in 2017, and he hopes that his experience will help him lead effectively this summer. He worships at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Knoxville, and will be studying engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the fall of 2018. His mom, dad, and sister live about 45 minutes from Knoxville in Sevierville, Tennessee. Will loves to exercise, to listen to music in the car with the windows down, and absolutely everything about the Great Smoky Mountains. Will also likes Greek food and ice cream sandwiches, and he’s looking forward to eating a lot of of yummy food at WOW this summer. Will loves to lead, and he is confident that WOW 2018 is going to be spectacular.
Kylie Shattuck – WOW CREW
Kylie is 17 years old and a rising Senior at West High School. She has been a part of WOW Urban Ministry for going on five years; her home congregation is Saint John’s Lutheran in Knoxville. She has four siblings, Alan, Raney, Reed, and Grace and her parents are Christie Peace and Deaver Shattuck. She serves as a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood and is an officer at YMCA’s Model United Nations. Both of these roles have made Kylie able to lead, educate, and mentor her peers. This has prepared her for the aspect youth leadership that is a main component of WOW. In relation to WOW, Kylie has participated as both a guest and a part of leadership team. Having both perspectives will allow her to be a more faithful leader, being mindful of all parts of WOW. Kylie hopes that WOW can become even more inclusive and everyone- guest, leaders, and adults- can find something that strengthens them spiritually through WOW. She hope to spend her summer doing as much mission work as possible. Also, she hopes to have a very hands on role in faith formation and worship, being as involved as possible in the spiritual component of WOW. A few fun facts about Kylie are that her favorite food is sushi, she’s a rower, she’s a vegetarian, her current favorite show is Supernatural, and she loves 80’s music!
Fred Parkinson – WOW CREW
Fred has been a part of WOW Urban Ministry for five years; his home congregation is St. John Lutheran Church in Knoxville. He has a dog named Teague and also two siblings named Katherine, 14, and Andrew, 9. He is president of his school’s chess club and also VP of his school’s Spanish club. He spends the majority of his volunteering time at WOW during the summer and during the school year he rows after school each day in Oak Ridge at the Atomic Rowing. He wants to add new programs to WOW such as clubs in an attempt to “shake up” WOW just a little bit. He loves the field of aviation and is studying to get his pilot’s license. Additionally, he loves to watch and play most every sport such as basketball and soccer.
Chloe Gibson – WOW CREW
Chloe Gibson is a senior at the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville. She is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and lives with her mom, dad, sister Ella, and dog Leland. She has been involved with WOW Urban Ministry since seventh grade, and looks forward to providing downtown Knoxville with leadership and love this coming summer. Outside of her involvement with WOW, Chloe spends her free time working on film and photography projects, and hopes to one day pursue a filmmaking career. She is also a part of her school’s Student Government, Model UN, and swim team. She contributes virtually all of her money to her thrift shopping and coffee addictions, and firmly believes that The Office is the greatest show of all time. Chloe especially loves music, movies, reading, traveling, and her WOW family.