2018 Academy Residents

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Josh Fikkert, SOS Builds

Josh grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated from nearby Covenant College. While at Covenant, he fell in love with Community Development and Philosophy–majoring in both–as well as with a smart, pretty girl named Morgan. Josh and Morgan got married and now live in Memphis, where they attend Downtown Church and eat as much Asian food as they can find or cook. During his academy year, Josh will be working with our SOS Builds program, and he is excited to learn from and work with our Builds’ kids this year. Josh has a wide variety of interests, including reading theology, playing a variety of sports, and waking up (really) early on Saturday mornings to watch English Premier League Soccer.

As part of the SOS Academy, Josh will participate in a 10-day vision international trip to learn from others doing holistic gospel-centered ministry among the marginalized. Josh is responsible for raising $2,500 to cover the expenses of the trip.

Help support Josh’s vision trip here.


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Demi Ivey, Christ Community Health Services

Demi was born and raised in small-town Texas. She discovered SOS during a spring-break mission trip during her senior year at Texas State. After graduating with a degree in Healthcare Administration, Demi joined the SOS Academy to explore God’s work in healthcare for underserved populations. She is currently working alongside the administrative team at Christ Community Health Services. Demi is a ‘river-rat’ at heart, enjoys playing the flute, and loves nursing home Bingo. Throughout her time in Memphis, she hopes to grow closer to the Lord within community and find the best breakfast tacos the city has to offer.

As part of the SOS Academy, Demi will participate in a 10-day vision international trip to learn from others doing holistic gospel-centered ministry among the marginalized. Demi is responsible for raising $2,500 to cover the expenses of the trip.

Help support Demi’s vision trip here.


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Bre Scott, Oasis of Hope

Bre was born and raised in Memphis, TN and recently Graduated from The University of Memphis in May 2018. Her degree is in Liberal Studies, with her concentrations being Health Promotion & African American/Cultural Studies. Bre will be working at Oasis of Hope as the Middle School Youth Developer. She is a burger and fries type of girl, a quirky love of hers is counting by odd numbers, and her favorite number is 5.

As part of the SOS Academy, Bre will participate in a 10-day vision international trip to learn from others doing holistic gospel-centered ministry among the marginalized. Bre is responsible for raising $2,500 to cover the expenses of the trip.

Help support Bre’s vision trip here.


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Rachel Stobbe, Christ Community Health Services

Rachel comes to us from her hometown of Springfield, MO. She has served with SOS for several summers as a camper and two summers on our Summer Staff team. In the Summer of 2017 she was a Team Leader and in the Summer of  2018 she came back and worked as our Volunteer Coordinator. Memphis hooked her and now she is taking a gap year in her education to do The Academy! This year she will be working at Christ Community Health Services on their Spiritual Health Advisory Team. She is so excited to learn some new ways to care for the marginalized that live within Memphis, as well as learn from their stories and experiences. After this year she plans on going to University of Memphis to continue her education. She began studying  nursing, but who knows what the Lord has in store after this year! She is very eager to make Memphis her home for a while.

As part of the SOS Academy, Rachel will participate in a 10-day vision international trip to learn from others doing holistic gospel-centered ministry among the marginalized. Rachel is responsible for raising $2,500 to cover the expenses of the trip.

Help support Rachel’s vision trip here.


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Brittany Stout, The Works CDC

Originally from Matthews, North Carolina, Brittany attended Covenant College outside of Chattanooga, TN. Majoring in Community Development there, she developed a love for community development work and a desire to be a part of intentional neighboring, reconciliation, and resourcing for those on society’s margins. Brittany was connected with SOS through her college professor during her senior year, and she decided the Academy program would be a great way to enter into community development work while simultaneously being discipled and supported by Christian community through SOS. Brittany is placed at The Works, Inc. in South Memphis and is fulfilling the role of Food Programs Coordinator there. You just might catch Brittany at Overton Park, Muddy’s, Chick-Fil-A, Casablanca, or Tom Lee Park during sunset- some of her favorite spots in Memphis!

As part of the SOS Academy, Brittany will participate in a 10-day vision international trip to learn from others doing holistic gospel-centered ministry among the marginalized. Brittany is responsible for raising $2,500 to cover the expenses of the trip.

Help support Brittany’s vision trip here.