Robert Wilkinson


My role in the Residency is being a part of College Team, as well as serving on Sunday Production and Kidtown.

I discovered the Residency when my LifeGroup Leader encouraged me to apply, despite the fact that I told him multiple times I'm pretty sure a church does not want ME working for them. However, God has revealed so much to me about leadership even just in the process of becoming a Resident, and has shown me over and over that it is not about what I can do; He can move mountains with my mustard seed. I am especially excited to be a College Resident because the College Ministry at Midtown truly changed my life. The incredible and unique level of community I found in that group has made me so excited to not only help plan the College Events and Retreats, but to lead a LifeGroup as well!

Linda Swier


My role in the residency is working with Kids & Families

I came to Midtown Lexington when it first started in the fall of 2015. I had just come back from a one year mission trip and didn't know what my next steps were in life, but I knew that I loved Midtown more than anything and wanted to serve in every way I could. When I heard about the Residency I quickly knew that it was perfect for me! I've always loved kids and it's my favorite thing to be able to help them learn about God's love for them from a young age. I'm excited to be able to grow professionally and learn more of where God has gifted me, and to do all of that while serving our church family!

Cutter Troutman


My role in the Residency is on the Groups Team helping to plan events and classes for LifeGroup leaders and Coaches.

I decided to do Residency because I felt like this was where God was calling me for this year of my life. In my time at Midtown the community I have had and the love I have been shown really made an impact on me and in my walk with Jesus. I love being able to help facilitate that community and love that I have felt over my years at Midtown. My main goal for residency is to discern if the Lord is calling me into full time ministry in the future.

Austin Hetherington

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My role in the residency is working on the Teaching Team.

I decided to do Residency because I wanted to make a lasting impact in our city and at USC. When I arrived in Columbia four years ago, I was excited to take advantage of all the fun, wild aspects of going to an SEC school: Greek life, bars, tailgates – you name it. Halfway through, God intervened in a radical way. Since then, He’s continued to replace my selfish desires for ones He’s given me anew. All throughout college, my plan was to graduate, get my PhD, and follow my dream of staying in academia to research biomedical technologies. Now, as I explore a potential calling to vocational ministry (among other available career paths), God is using this year-long experience to mold me into the man I’ve been called to be – by providing the ideal environment in which to grow.

Katie Lackey

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My role in the Residency is on the Groups Team as the Serve the City Coordinator.

I received God’s call to lay my life down daily and pursue missions at 14 years old. God has been faithful to teach and equip me and I thought it was time to serve as a professional geologist. Praying through my next moves I realized I needed to do the residency as an act of obedience to correctly orient my life. I am hoping to leave residency confident in leading people towards service with the gospel not only as an internal motivation but as the evident hero of our lives and our community.

Jordan Sirois

My role in the Residency is serving as a Pastoral Assistant at Midtown Two Notch.

I decided to do the Residency to see what vocational ministry looks like, and to serve in a place where I could learn more about my giftedness while growing as a gospel-driven servant and leader. Some of my goals for the Residency are to learn more about administration in vocational ministry and to serve Midtown well as a Resident.

Dustin Smith

I am so excited to be apart of the May 2017 Residency class where I will be serving as the Serve The City Coordinator.

I honestly think this position is a perfect role that combines my passion with what Jesus has been teaching me over the past few years.  I'm interested in caring for folks in Columbia who are dealing with homelessness and mental illnesses. I love seeing people in God's family interact with justice issues in our community. And I love seeing people who are hurting in our community get welcomed into the hospitality of God's family. That's exactly what Jesus has done for me and I am excited to share that with others.

Joseph Heavener

I am part of the 2017 residency class. My role in the Residency is serving as a Pastoral Assistant on the Teaching Team at Midtown Lexington.

I decided to do the residency program because I am called to pastoral ministry and wanted to learn how to serve and teach in a God glorifying and gospel centered way. I hope my time serving Midtown will help me to discern some things for my future ministry through the experience and opportunity it provides.