Small Group Leaders

Melissa Anderson

Meet Melissa:
Hi, I'm Melissa Anderson, and I am a senior Social Work major with a Psychology minor. I am very excited for this upcoming year and getting to know everyone. I'm always down for a good meal and a hangout.

Ed Beddingfield

Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church
Guitar (bluegrass, acoustic, electric blues), motorcycle, and parent to a pit bull.
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
I was once a college student, and found great value in friends who accepted me in my struggles and welcomed me with the glad news of God. Campbell is our church’s closest neighbor. I want to represent our congregation by being a good neighbor as well.
What does it mean to do life together?
Our church’s mission statement is “To know Christ and to make him known.” In community, this means letting the love of Christ inform and direct and enrich our human relationships. It’s not my job to make everybody become like me. It is my job to be like Christ.

Zachary Brewer

Undergraduate Student, Homeland Security Major, Accounting Minor
Golf, Basketball, Owner of Small Business selling sneakers
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
I have been in a small group my entire time in college and have seen how much it has helped me in my walk with the Lord. I feel led to help share this experience with others as a Senior.
What does it mean to do life together?
As college students we share similar struggles, we can lift each other up and encourage each other through these times, growing in our faith as individuals.

Hannah Byrd

Undergraduate Student, Psychology & Social Work
Music, sports, working
Biblical figure you most relate to or learn from and why:
Hannah, my name sake. Her faith in God’s provision, the way she leaned on Him alone and trusted him with the desires of her heart. And the way she was bold enough to go to the temple alone and pray no matter what anyone else thought. I hope I have the faith and boldness she had.
What are three words that describe small groups?
Community, Encouragement and Growth.
What does it mean to do life together?
It means to have a community around you that supports you and encourages you biblically and are there for you in all ups and downs.

Casey Cabaniss

Meet Casey:
My name is Casey Cabaniss, and I am a junior Christian Studies major from Raleigh, NC! Outside of being a Small Group Leader, I am in the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and the Christian Studies Club. I love watching movies, traveling, baking, and trips to Sunni Sky's! I can't wait for my Small Group to grow together and grow in Christ this year.

Ali Daye

Meet Ali:
Hey, my name is Ali Daye. I am a senior at Campbell University, and my major is Elementary education with a concentration in Special Education. I love leading a small group and allowing Jesus to share through us. Learning to live and love together as a community is what I intend for my small group. I love to allow conversations and real life experiences in my small group to experience Jesus' presence and to share how much he really does love us.

Rebekah Eberbach and Lyndsi Goodman

Sophomores, Rebekah – Nursing, Lyndsi – Pre-Pharm
Rebekah - Playing the piano, interior design, traveling Lyndsi – Kayaking, Hiking, Reading, Watching Netflix
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
Rebekah: Since my freshman year of college I have felt God calling me to lead a group of girls to further learn, understand, and know who Jesus is and what he is all about.
What is the importance of someone’s story?
Your story is who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. As a Christian, our story is our testimony. Telling our story can be a huge part of creating community and leading others to Christ.

Taylor Edwards

Meet Taylor:
Hey guys! My name is Taylor! I'm a junior Christian Studies major, and I'm so excited to be leading a small group this year. I want my small group to be a place where you can set aside your worries and focus on what God is trying to teach you. I hope you'll join my small group. It will be a fun time!

Rebecca Freeze

Divinity School Student, Graduate Assistant for Donor Relations & Stewardship, Youth Intern at Buies Creek First Baptist Church
Where do you see God?
I see God in other people and in nature. I really enjoy watching the sunset, because it reminds me of God’s beauty. There’s a sense of peace, no matter what you’re facing at the time.
What are three words that describe small groups?
Challenging. Relationships. Vulnerability
What does it mean to be known?
To be known is to be heard. To be known means that your story, perspective, thoughts, and feelings have been asked about, and heard by others who deeply care about who you are as a person.

Kendra Hancock

Director of Student-Athlete Support
Running, volunteering, International Mission Trips
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
I really want to invest in the spiritual life of Campbell students! I love getting to know people and sharing my faith through small groups!
How do we better care for one another?
Love each other deeply! Communicate each day, encourage with scriptures, investing in others; serving in the local community and getting globally engaged!

Emanuel and Carla Holland

Favorite Bible Verse:
Philippians 1:6
Coaching youth sports and reading
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
To make a positive impact on the Kingdom and to be there for students trying to navigate a devotional relationship with the Lord.

Ellen Jones

Meet Ellen:
I'm Sue Ellen Jones. I am a senior math education major at Campbell. I enjoy watching Netflix, playing tennis, and hanging with friends. I'm excited to see what God has in store for me for my last year at Campbell!

Colin Kroll

Meet Colin:
Hi, friends! My name is Colin, and I am one of your associate campus ministers at Campbell. I live in Raleigh, NC with my wife, Sarah, and my dog, Bambi. When not on campus, I love to cook, travel, and search out the best food in Raleigh. I have gotten to watch small groups grow during my time at Campbell, and I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to lead a group for the first time.

Devyn McGowan

Meet Devyn:
My name is Devyn McGowan, and I'm a fifth year senior majoring in English Education with a minor in Music Education. I'm super excited to see the way that God moves this year!

Lauren McNamara-Clement

Undergraduate Student, Student-Athlete
Basketball, spending time with family and friends, being outside
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Cor. 13:4-7
What are three words that describe small groups?
Family, Love, Openness

Delaney Metcalf

Meet Delaney:
Hi, I'm Delaney! I am a double major of Christian Studies and Communications Studies. Originally, I am from Raleigh. I can't wait to start a small group focused on God's Word, bible study, communication, and community. I plan to become a pastor and will love to discuss my faith with you.

Morgan Pajak

Resident Chaplain, Divinity School Student
Reading, cooking, gardening, and being outdoors
What does it mean to do life together?
I would prefer to change up the phrase and say instead that in my small group we strive to be life for one another and in our being follows with doing life. We exist together, so we grow together.
What does it mean to be known?
You are safe to be all that you were created to be.

Karrie Phillips

Meet Karrie:
Hey, I'm Karrie! I'm a sophomore from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I am a social work major, and I hope to also study clinical psychology. I look forward to helping other out of state students with any struggles they may be going through, as many of those issues I went through my freshman year as well.

Riley Segura

Meet Riley:
Hey! I'm Riley! I'm a biology pre-med major from Colorado. I look forward to assisting in leading students to God, and sharing the ways in which He helped me through some difficult times my first year away from home. I'm excited to meet my members and build a community centered around faith, love, and hope. I hope to see y'all soon!

Mike and Sara Sowers

Pastor, Buies Creek First Baptist, Campbell University Divinity School class of 2003
Golf, Yardwork, Fishing
Biblical figure you most relate to or learn from and why:
Mike – Moses because I also feel inadequate to serve but God uses me despite me; Sara – Simon Peter and Andrew because they left their nets and followed
What inspired you to become a small group leader?
The desire to be a positive part of a student’s faith journey.

Leah Tripp

Undergraduate Student, English/Communication Studies
Playing music and leading worship, Writing, Reading
What is the importance of someone’s story?
Our stories set the stage for who we are. Good or bad, our pasts create the lens by which we view life and others. We can work to change the ways we interact with people and the world, but the foundation of our perception starts with our stories.
What does it mean to be known?
To be chosen, loved, understood, and cared for regardless of past, present, or future.

Taylor Wilkins

Meet Taylor:
Hello, my name is Taylor! I am a senior biology pre-PA major and will be going to PA school after I graduate. I am passionate about studying God's Word, spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends. I'm so excited to be leading a small group and I look forward to getting to know each of you!