Allie Kinard Allie Grace Kinard grew up in Charleston, SC where she was highly involved in the drama programs in her church and school. She is a sophomore at Lee, majoring in psychology and counseling. For years she knew that Lee was the place God had called her. After attending Summer Honors, it was as clear that Lee was where she wanted to attend. Allie Grace loves talking, music, acting, dance parties, and having insightful conversations. After graduation, she hopes to counsel foster and adoptive families.
Grace Cooper Grace Cooper is a sophomore, majoring in Pastoral Ministries with a double minor in Business and Theology. She is from Largo, FL, where she grew up doing drama ministry in her church youth group. Grace heard about Lee through Teen Talent and family friends. She received runner-up at the Church of God International Teen Talent in the monologue category in 2019. Grace played keyboard for her youth group worship band for 3 years and is passionate about worship ministry. She loves shopping, getting coffee with friends, acting, and reading her Bible. Grace plans on being in full-time ministry, preaching and discipling youth to be more like Christ and make an impact.
Emma Morgan Emma Morgan was born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio and is a freshman, majoring in K-5 education now. Emma has always wanted to help others and spread the Gospel and she feels Lee will help her do just that. Her aunt and uncle attended Lee and encouraged her to visit campus. As soon as Emma stepped on the campus, she felt the Holy Spirit speak to her, and knew she HAD to go to Lee. She grew up in the theatre and is now excited to share her love for Christ through her passion for acting. She enjoys hiking, dinosaurs, sour gummy worms, singing, and dancing (all the time). Emma plans to teach underprivileged kids, but is open to whatever the Lord calls her to do.
Matthew Calkins Matthew Calkins is a senior, majoring in Pastoral Ministry. He was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC, where he grew up around the church. Matthew heard about Lee University through his friends, and since then he desired to attend. He got his call to the ministry in March of 2018 and began pursuing opportunities to minister at school and church. Playing numerous instruments in high school and in church, Matthew loves music. However his dream is to be a pastor, to preach and teach. Matthew is honored to have the opportunity to minister with Kingdom Players.
Jackson Rader Jackson Rader hails from Maryville, TN, and is a senior, Advertising major. He first came to Lee with his big sister Hannah on Lee Day. He later attended the Summer Honors program at Lee in both 2017 and 2018. After his first summer honors experience, he knew Lee was the place for him. He caught the acting bug in middle school and has performed in 17 shows since. He loves spending time with his four sisters, watching Disney movies, going to Broadway shows, and playing his guitar. While he’s still considering his career goals, he hopes to always share the love of Christ and use his passion for the stage in some capacity.
Landon Pearson Landon Pearson grew up in Decatur Alabama, with both parents on staff at Epic Church where he was also involved in the children's ministry and the photography team. He is a freshman at Lee and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. He found Lee during his junior year of High School and immediately fell in love with the campus. He enjoys all things art, books, coffee, and Oklahoma Football. After graduation he looks forward to following his calling of youth ministry wherever God leads him.
Clay Smith Clay Smith is a senior from Rock Hill, SC, majoring in Music and Worship. Clay was introduced to Lee University by friends and felt impressed to attend upon his first visit to the campus. He felt God’s call to join the ministry as a worship evangelist and now chases every opportunity to lead worship and use his passion to sing and play guitar to glorify the Lord and reach others. Clay has been performing in theatre all his life, eventually being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is excited to be able to now use his theatre experience to proclaim the message of Christ.
Michael DelBonis Michael DelBonis is originally from Cincinnati, OH, and came to Lee as a student in 2001. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Business, with hopes of moving to New York to pursue an acting career. He was accepted to acting school in New York but felt the call to ministry and received his Masters in Youth and Family Ministry from Lee in 2008. Michael worked in full time youth ministry for almost five years before becoming the director of Kingdom Players in July of 2013. In addition to Kingdom Players, Michael helps with recruiting events for Lee, teaches a few classes on campus, and is an adjunct faculty member for Lee’s online program. At Lee, he also met his wife, Katie, who now works at a local high school. They have two kids, Lucy and Jonah.
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