Church Life



Cory Brock

Cory grew up in Natchez, MS and then studied at Mississippi State and RTS Jackson. From 2013-2018, he and his family lived in Scotland where he obtained a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Edinburgh and ministered at St. Columba’s Free Church of Scotland. He is married to Heather from Knoxville, TN and has four children, Ethan, Juliette, Ames, and Lewis.

Kevin Vollema

Kevin grew up in Detroit, MI. He completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Mississippi College, where he was actively involved in RUF leadership. He met his beautiful, Southern wife, Mary Lowry, while they served on staff with Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO. They married in 2014 and moved to the Belhaven neighborhood, joining First Pres that same year. Kevin is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at RTS. In his free time, Kevin enjoys reading about dwarves and dragons and writing a bit of poetry.

Mackenzie Hemphill

Mackenzie grew up in West Point, Mississippi, twenty miles away from Mississippi State University where she would eventually earn her degree in political science. In college she found deep friendship and rich teaching at RUF which played a huge role in her decision to work with RUF at the University of Georgia for the past two years. Mackenzie has a passion for all things sports related, appreciates exploring new places, loves reading and discovering the best food a city has to offer!