Linda Swier

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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!

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.