Ryan & Kelly Akers
Ryan and Kelly met at the University of Alabama while involved in campus ministry. It was during these years that they both grew deeply in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus. Having been so impacted by the gospel and the vision to pour your life into others through discipleship, Ryan and Kelly joined staff with Campus Outreach in 2008. Ryan served as the Campus Director at Samford University and then as an Area Director before moving into the role of Mobilization Director. As the Mobilization Director, Ryan worked to connect university graduates with strategic needs around the world. While exploring a potential partnership in Scotland, Ryan and Kelly felt a stirring to move their family to Edinburgh to partner with St. Columba’s Free Church in reaching university students. They believe that Scotland and the whole UK are strategic places to impact university students who can impact the world for Christ.
Wen & Katelin Burnette
Wen and Katelin met at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Both of them came to know and understand the Gospel at Samford through Campus Outreach, and the ministry played a large role in discipling and setting a foundation of faith for their lives. After being so impacted by the Campus Outreach staff, Wen joined the staff team in 2018 at the University of Alabama. Wen and Katelin married in March 2019, and Katelin joined Wen’s work at Alabama. While at Alabama, both Wen and Katelin discipled students and were a part of building a newly launched campus. When approached about being a part of a new ministry in Scotland, Wen and Katelin both felt their hearts stirred by the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel to students in Edinburgh. What excites them the most about this move is getting to see Scottish men and women worship Jesus in Heaven who came to faith through the ministry they helped start.