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Meet the 2018/2019 ELC Team

resized_K__H_.pngKamron Hamedi

Kamron is a first-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He graduated from Bob Jones University this past spring as part of the class of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Premed.  During his time at BJU, Kamron served as the Community Service Representative and later president of the Bryan Bears Men's Society, the president of the Premed Association, Student Organization Liaison to the Student Leadership Council, and the Assistant Director of the Community Service Council. He gained a great deal of leadership experience and exposure to community service through these leadership roles.  He has been able to use those skills to more build relationships with his classmates to serve as a more effective team member and at times leader. He learned, and continue to learn, that he is most effective in whatever role God has put him in through humility and service, and he looks forward to seeing how God will use that in his future medical career. 

resized_Steele.pngEmily Steele

Emily is a 2013 graduate of BJU with her BS in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) with a minor in Dramatic Arts. After graduating, she went back to her hometown of Paris, Texas.  She then completed 18 hours in Liberty University’s MBA program.  Discovering that FCS was her true passion, she then decided to pursue the field of education completing her Masters in FCS Education from Texas Tech University in 2017. While in this program, she completed her internship and first year teaching with Paris High School where she continues to train and inspire future teachers in the Education and Training program. She is also sponsors a Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) chapter where she has had the honor of taking students to state competition and currently has a state officer.  

In her free time, Emily loves going on adventures with her family, drinking coffee while reading a good book, playing piano, and walking and cycling with her mom.  She loves spending time with her beagle, Avery and her younger brother’s beagle , Scout (whom she is watching while he is at BJU as a current student).  She has taken Dr. Bob III’s advice to invest in her home church where she enjoys serving in music, hospitality, and whatever is needed.  

During her time at BJU, the Lord continued to show that He was her provider from the first bill to each exam permit.  The foundation of a biblical worldview infusing every aspect of life has helped her as she faces obstacles and seeks to honor God with her life and career. He has guided each step of her path, and she is thankful to have this opportunity with the Emerging Leaders’ Council as a part of her journey.  

 

resized_Touryan.pngElena Touryan

Elena Touryan grew up in Los Osos, California. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from Bob Jones University (class of 2011) and a MA in Soviet Russian History and Comparative World History from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During college, Touryan served as a teen counselor at Northland Camp, a gymnastics coach, a graduate assistant, an assistant editor of The Forum, a peer-reviewed history journal, and as president of Cal Poly CRs. In 2014, Touryan was hired to teach history at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, where she taught for five years. During her time at Cuesta, she served as a representative on the Academic Senate Council and gave a special presentation on the Armenian Genocide for the Faculty Lecture Series. In 2018, Touryan accepted a lecturer position at the University of Colorado, Denver. Since moving to Colorado, she has enjoyed working with her church youth group on Wednesday evenings and judging local and state-wide junior and senior high history competitions. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband, Alvaro, and their tuxedo cat Amoré.

 

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Jonathan Cover grew up in Houston, Texas prior to coming to Bob Jones University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management in 2010. Jonathan worked in multifamily property management for 3 years in a variety of positions. In 2013 he changed industries to work as the financial manager and later director of operations for a Greenville based digital marketing agency serving a variety of business sectors. In 2016, he combined his experiences in property management, small business finance and administration and began investing in real estate full time. Jonathan also returned to school in 2018 taking an additional 24 credits of undergraduate night school and recently completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of business located in Austin TX. Since2016, Jonathan has actively participated in a variety of investments including renovating several manufactured housing communities, providing debt financing for real estate portfolios. He’s also made and development and business loans. Jonathan is married to Justine Cover. They have three children, Cooper, Charlotte, and Lincoln ages 4,3, and under 1. You can connect with Jonathan on Linkedin.

resized_Billy_Rae_W_.pngBillie Rae Whittaker

Billy Rae graduated from BJU in 2015 with her BFA in Graphic Design and now lives in the Raleigh NC area with her husband and son. Since graduating, Billy Rae has focused her efforts on growing her own design business, which enables her to serve hundreds of professionals nationally and beyond. Her newest endeavor has been to create and maintain a platform that elevates female entrepreneurs using design, videography, and networking. She is as passionate about entrepreneurship as she is design and considers it an honor to be trusted with these inspirational women's stories. In addition to this Billy Rae and her husband collaboratively serve local missionaries and ministries by donating their skills to provide them a complete branding and virtual presence. This has proved vital for bridging the gap between the mission field and the local church.
BJU was the foundational plane in which she launched into service and leadership. She is forever grateful for the transforming effect it had on her view of “people first” and welcomes the opportunity to embolden further.

resized_schoolfield.pngEllis Schoolfield

Ellis Schoolfield (Theatre Arts, B.A., ‘15) lives in Greensboro, NC where he is a certified pharmacy technician with Walgreens where he connects with the local community through healthcare services. He enjoys documentaries, writing, and the Oxford Comma. 

Brittany_Mattheus.pngBrittany Matheus

Brittany completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities in 2016. During her undergrad she enjoyed the diversity of her studies, ranging from history and English, all the way to music and pottery. Brittany was in Beta Chi Omega, where she served as president her senior year. 

She worked as a bank teller for the duration of her college career, and was hired by TD Bank shortly after graduation. Brittany has been in the financial industry for close to seven years. Her work experience includes Bank Telling, Auto Loan and Credit Card Collections, and Technical Writing for TD Bank and US Bank Card. She currently holds a Team Lead role, and enjoys the opportunities through TD to connect with the Greenville community through volunteer work. 

She is a musician on her local church's worship team, and has coordinated music performances for two international missions trips. She loves the Greenville food scene, traveling, and a good cup of coffee!

Caleb_Lynch_JPG.pngCaleb Lynch

Caleb Lynch grew up in the mountains of North Carolina at The Wilds Christian Camp. He graduated in 2011 from Bob Jones University with a BA in Music/Voice Performance. After graduating, Caleb moved to Colorado to serve as an intern with a local church. He then met his wife Carol in Denver, and they were married in August of 2012. 

Prior to receiving the call of Assistant Pastor in 2017 in Maine, Caleb served the Lord in the business management world in a few different states. While living in Louisiana, he worked as Regional Director of Supported Employment while also teaching pre-employment classes in six different high schools. He was instrumental in writing the pre-employment curriculum for the state during that time. As a member of the Shreveport Arts Council, he also took an active role within the music theater community. He stayed involved in local church ministry in many different facets including youth, college and career, music, and adult ministries. 

The Lynches moved to Maine in September of 2017 to be a part of Cornerstone Baptist Church, where Caleb serves as Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Outreach. In March of 2019, the Lord blessed Caleb and Carol with a baby girl, Eden Joy.

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