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WHO
WE ARE

Meet the team...

Sophia Fachisthers

President

2nd year

Environmental Engineering &

Agriscience and Environmental Systems

Cedartown, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

The community and friends that I have found, and the freedom to learn the things that I am interested in.

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

The people and the in-depth, open way in which we study the Bible. I love InterVarsity discussions and that questions are always welcome and encouraged.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

Bitty n Beau's for coffee. Shokitini is also a great sushi place!

Ana Warren

Vice-President/Outreach

2nd year

Biomedical Physiology

Cumming, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

UGA is big but it's still really easy to make it your own and find your people.

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

The opportunities to talk through different ideas together which encourages me to think more deeply about what I believe and why.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

1000 Faces Coffee and Taqueria Tsunami.

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Kara Martin

Collegiate Black Christians

4th year

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Marietta, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

All the green space available to students.

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

I absolutely love the community of InterVarsity; the accepting nature of members and staff are consistent across all InterVarsity chapters.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

Boba Cafe in downtown Athens has great boba and snacks!

Tim Welicky

Small Groups

4th year

Finance

Alpharetta, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

The intramural sports scene! Lots of opportunities to play competitive teams.

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

Amazing leadership team of people making an impact for Christ's kingdom.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

Maepole. They've got amazing mac n cheese!

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Tim Welicky

Small Groups

4th year

Finance

Alpharetta, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

The intramural sports scene! Lots of opportunities to play competitive teams.

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

Amazing leadership team of people making an impact for Christ's kingdom.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

Maepole. They've got amazing mac n cheese!

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Callie Clark

Social Media

2nd year

Art and Religion

Gainesville, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

The UGA and Athens communities love connecting with people!

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

Ithe discussions that we get to have and the openness that is created. We are able to bring our ideas forward and we will be supported in that journey.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

Cali N Tito's

Jonah Free

Small Groups

Grad Student

Secondary English Ed

Habersham County, GA

What is your favorite thing about UGA?

The diversity. It's beautiful to see people from so many backgrounds come together to learn!

What is your favorite thing about InterVarsity?

The community. It can be hard to "find your people," but IV has been a blessing to find like-minded believers and establish lasting friendships.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee/tea place in Athens?

The westside Locos. Lots of great memories there!

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Meet the staff...

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Benjie
Shaw

Benjie has been on staff with InterVarsity at UGA for 2.5 years but has 10+ years of campus ministry experience. His favorite conversations start with some version of, "I don't want to be a heretic, but I've been thinking..." because it means students are asking good questions and taking ownership of their faith.

Benjie cares deeply about connecting with people who are far from Jesus, building trust, and finding ways to meaningfully share the Gospel with them.

He has been married to Jenna for almost 16 years (he was her freshman Bible study leader), has a 10 YO daughter, 7 YO son, and 3 YO dog and lives in Watkinsville. 

Fun fact: he's always happy to meet you for coffee or boba!

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