Student GC Leaders
Student Gospel Community Group Leaders are a major asset to our Student Ministry. They're primary role is to get to know students and to lead discussion groups on Sunday nights, but they also assist with our special events and so many other things!
Alison Garland, MS Girls gc leader
Originally from Nashville, Alison, and her husband Drew, moved to Memphis four years ago for his job. Memphis has now become our home, and our Refuge family is what makes it home! Alison has taught for 10 years and currently teaches English as a Second Language and sponsors the Drama Club at Lakeland Middle Prep. If you need to catch up on your Spanish or the latest Broadway hit, Alison is your gal!
Amy Churchwell, MS Girls GC Leader
Amy has been attending the Refuge since April 2017 with her daughter Catie. She enjoys working with the students and helping them to grow in their faith. In addition to volunteering with the Refuge students, Amy also volunteers with the Arlington High cheer team as a member of the Booster Club board. In her limited spare time, her interests include napping and watching reality TV.
Ashley Johnson, MS Girls GC Leader
Ashley, who lives in Arlington with her husband Justin and children Lily Grace and Logan, is originally from Oklahoma, but has lived in the Memphis area for over twenty years.
Ashley is in her third year as a senior recruiter for Davita Dialysis. She has a big sister's heart for teen girls as she remembers and recognizes the challenges teens face.
Chris Godsey, High school GC Leader
Chris co-leads the High School GC with his wife Natalee of 14 years. He enjoys amusement parks, travelling with his family, and Arkansas Razorback football. Chris is employed with Wells Fargo Bank where he telecommutes from home in his shorts and loves it! They have a 10-year-old daughter, Caroline, who is the center of their universe while they work daily to keep her alive.
Cirielle Gaskins, MS Girls GC Leader
Ciri is from Costa Rica, she has been a missionary for 6 years and through missions she meet her husband Dustin who she married two years ago and then moved to Memphis. She joined the Refuge Church as soon as she moved to town. She is energetic, funny and loud, believe me when I say it is very easy to be friends with her.
Cole Fullerton, Student Director
Cole grew up in Collierville, TN and is a proud alumni of both Collierville High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He started working with students in high school and continued to do so while living in Murfreesboro. After graduating college, he returned to Collierville working as the Director in a local Student Ministry. In September of 2017, he joined the Staff Team at theRefgue church to launch Refuge Student Ministry.
Dustin Gaskins, MS Boys GC Leader
Dustin is from Florida and moved to Memphis 3 years ago to work as an Air Traffic Controller and found Refuge within a month of moving here. He met his wife Ciri on a mission trip in Costa Rica and was married to her not long after moving to Memphis. Dustin loves working with students because he loves bringing out his inner (and outter) child.
Drew Garland, MS Boys GC Leader
Originally from Jonesborough, TN, Drew me his wife Alison in Nashville during college. They moved to Memphis in June of 2014 for Drew to take his dream job as an Air Traffic Controller. Drew and Alison came to theRefuge in August of 2016. Drew loves the Tennessee Volunteers and Nashville Predators, and can either been seen wearing TN orange or Preds gold. The self-proclaimed Carpet Ball King, on Sunday nights Drew can be found crushing those who wish to challenge him.
Jason Wallgren, Teen Guys GC Leader
Jason has to be one of our tallest student GC leaders. How tall? Just ask him and he'll tell you "VERY Tall!" Not originally from the south, most are surprised where he was born and raised. Can you guess where? Hint, ask him to say quarter, daughter, or water. Whether going for bike rides, walks, or to the movies he LOVES spending time with his family. Married for 15 years to Rachael, he beams with joy when discussing all the accomplishments their autistic son Jakers(13) has achieved... oh, and how much pride he has for his little girl Ryan(11) and how she watches out for
her big brother. And he can solve a rubic cube in under 5 minutes (that's not really fast, but he's proud of it).
John Paul Clark, MS Boys GC Leader
John Paul and his family have been members of The Refuge for the past 6 years. During this time, he has worked with the children / youth group – he has taught the 4th/5th grade Sunday school class for the past few years and has been involved with the youth group since the early stages of group development. He currently is a co-leader for one of the Middle School boys groups. He, his wife (Alicia) and two daughters, Laura Kate (12) and Audrey (8) are not necessarily ardent nature adventurists, but enjoy biking and nature walks. Other hobbies include wood-working and playing corn-hole with the neighbors.
Luke St. Clair, Teen Guys GC Leader
Luke and his wife Lisa have two kids, Miles (13) and Marley (17). In Luke's "free time", he coaches Arlington Arsenal 14U, Arlington Middle School Baseball, a rec baseball team, and a rec basketball team - basically, if you're looking for Luke, just drive to the nearest athletic facility.
Macey Shock, MS Girls GC Leader
Macey and her husband Hunter, along with their daughter Lilly (5), moved from Arkansas to Lakeland two years ago for work. She and her family have been a part of the Refuge family since May 2017. Macey is new to student ministry and is very excited to get to know each one of the students and help them grow in their faith. In her spare time, you will find Macey spending lots of time chasing Lilly around, shopping, or even refurbishing old pieces of furniture. She and her family love adventure and are constantly searching for new and exciting ways to live each day!
natalee Godsey, High School GC Leader
Natalee teaches 6th grade math at Arlington Middle School. You can see her driving her golf-cart to and from school most weekday mornings. She also works with her husband, Chris, to keep Caroline (10) alive.
Student SALT TEAM
SALT stands for Service and Leadership Team. These students help set-up for and clean up after events and help plan our monthly student events. If you're coming for the first time and looking for an extra friendly face, these students are here for you!
Catie is a sophomore at Arlington High School. She is on the Arlington Varsity cheer team. Catie loves to shop and hangout with friends. She is a volunteer with the Refuge Kid’s ministry, as well as the Blue Shirt team.
Erin is a 7th grader at Arlington Middle School, where she is on the dance team! She enjoys serving, playing Fortnite, hanging with friends and family, and shopping.
Jacob is a junior at Arlington High School. He enjoys football and wrestling.
Justin is a senior at Arlington High School. He enjoys long walks on a moon lit beach and watching scary movies. He works at Kroger as a cashier/bagger. Justin enjoys hanging out with friends outside of school, rollerskating, jumping on trampolines, eating sushi, playing soccer, and fishing.
Kendall is a junior at Arlington High School. In his free time, he teaches swim lessons at the YMCA and plays guitar. You can also see Kendall on stage in our main gathering on Sunday mornings, where he helps lead worship.
Tyler is a freshman at Arlington high school and he enjoys playing baseball and being outdoors
Whit is in 8th grade at Arlington middle. He enjoys to playing baseball and being outside.
Wyatt is 14 years old and is in eighth grade at Arlington Middle School. He plays baseball for the Arlington Arsenal and Arlington Tigers. Wyatt loves to hangout with his friends in his free time.