Tuscaloosa, AL

The Well Staff Team

Quanah Spence

College Pastor
Quanah (kwah-nah) has served with Calvary and The Well since February 2021. Born in Barstow, California, Quanah and his twin brother were adopted at the age of 10 and raised in Moundville, AL just south of Tuscaloosa. Quanah holds seminary degrees from both NOBTS and SEBTS. Quanah believes college campuses are some of the most strategic mission fields on earth; a place students from all over the world are discipled and then sent back out to share the gospel. He and his wife Anna Beth have been married since 2014.

His favorite ice cream flavor is  Gooey Butter Cake.

Katie Holcomb

Associate Director
Katie served at The Well as a student for four years as a Brown House Leader, Outreach Intern and Ministry Coordinator Intern. Katie Graduated from UA in the Fall of 2021 with a BSE in Secondary Education Science. Katie is from the great city of Hackleburg, Alabama. She is passionate about the Gospel being shared and God's glory being known among all peoples. Katie loves drinking Dr. Pepper, listening to Taylor Swift, board games,  and playing spikeball.

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate.

Pate Ward

Ministry  Coordinator
Pate  served at The Well for four years as a student, as an Upperclassmen Life Group Leader and an Intern. He graduated from  UA in the Fall of 2020 with a BA in Religious Studies and is pursuing a MBTS at Western Seminary. Pate's goal is to empower The Well's staff and students to pursue the glory of God in all they do. He loves coffee, tacos, soccer, the outdoors, the PNW, and rainy day reads!

His favorite ice cream flavor is Moosetracks. 

Jared Shepard

Worship Pastor
Jared has served on staff with Calvary Tuscaloosa and The Well since August 2019. During his time in college, Jared was an active member at Calvary and The Well, along with the Million Dollar Band. Jared loves serving with college students because college functions as such a formative time in students' lives. Jared oversees worship services for both Calvary Tuscaloosa on Sundays and The Well on Wednesdays.

His favorite ice cream flavor is Moosetracks

THE WELL INTERNS

Emily Anne West

Freshman Life Group Intern
Emily Anne is a Junior at UA and majors in Psychology with a minor in Medical Ethics. At The Well, she served as a Freshman Life Group Leader last year. What she loves most about The Well  is being able to help foster discipleship-oriented hearts in freshmen and new students by connecting them to the gospel. A fun fact, she shares a birthday with Bob Ross!

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Strawberry (newly declared).

Ben Travis

Freshman Life Group Intern
Ben is a Junior at UA and majors in Nursing. At The Well, he served as a Freshman Life Group Leader last year. What he loves most about The Well is the community and accountability that The Well provides for him to live everyday like Christ and to pursue the Lord in new revitalizing ways. A fun fact, he is absolutely horrible at estimating numbers, sizes, and ages!

His favorite ice cream flavor is Moosetracks.

Ellen Nicholson

Upperclassmen Life Group Intern
Ellen is a senior at UA majoring in Economics and minoring in Chinese. At The Well, she has served for two years as an Upperclassmen Life Group Leader. What she loves most about The Well is the opportunity to cultivate community here in Tuscaloosa with other believers from across the state, country, and world. A fun fact, she has a scar on her finger from where an ex-con once dropped a Christmas tree on her hand.

Her favorite “ice cream”  flavor is  Raspberry Sorbet.

Zach Knapp

Upperclassmen Life Group Intern
Zach is a senior at UA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. At The Well, he has served for two years as an Upperclassmen Life Group Leader. What he loves most about The Well, and ministry in general, can be summed up in Ephesians 4:12-13. A fun fact, his neighborhood beach on Lake Erie occasionally picks up Canadian Cell signal.

His favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.

Sam Hertzler

Connections Intern
Sam is a Senior at UA studying Computer Science. At The Well, he has served for two years as a Freshmen Life Group Leader. What he loves most about The Well is the opportunity that The Well presents to create community and see strangers become friends. A fun fact,  he was born in Turkey, has been to the Sahara, and climbed an active volcano!

His favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (the superior flavor).

Hannah Gentry

Events Intern
Hannah is a Senior at UA majoring in Social Work. At The Well, she served as a Freshman Life Group Leader on our Leadership Team last year.  What she loves most about The Well is that it has helped her to realize her passion for others to know the truth about Jesus and the truth that is in His Word. A fun fact, she loves building fires!

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Coffee Chocolate Chip.

Lauren Love

Outreach Intern
Lauren is a Senior at UA studying Hospitality Management. At The Well, she has served for two years as a Prayer Ministry Leader. What she loves most about The Well is the community, relationships, and Christ-centered focus she has found here and the opportunity she has to share it with others. A fun fact, she knows how to play, approximately, a song and a half on the banjo, but she does NOT want you to ask her to play them for you.

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Strawberry Sweet Cream.

Summer Bell

Outreach Intern
Summer is a Junior at UA and is majoring in Operations Management with a minor in Supply Chain Management.  At The Well,  she served as an International Connect Leader last year. What she loves most about The Well, is the practical opportunities and ways that The Well provides to share the love of Christ with ur community and the world. A fun fact, she was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan!

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.

Reagan Thorpe

Worship Intern
Reagan is a Senior at UA majoring in Kinesiology. At The Well, she has served for two years on our Leadership Team, as an Upperclassmen Life Group Leader and then as a Worship Intern.  What she loves most about The Well because is the community that is constantly challenging  and encouraging her in her walk with the Lord. A fun fact, she worked in recruiting for Alabama Football last year and we currently have the #1 recruiting class in the nation!

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Cookies and Crème.

Clayton McKenzie

Worship Intern
Clayton is a Junior at UA majoring in Public Marketing and minoring in Multicultural Creativity. At The Well, he served as a Freshman Life Group Leader last year. What he loves most about The Well is the gospel community and opportunities it has provided him to serve the Lord. A fun fact, he plays 7 instruments!

His favorite ice cream flavor is anything containing both chocolate and peanut butter.

Emily Street

Chloe Moore

Media Intern
Ministry Coordinator Intern
Emily is a Junior at UA majoring in Psychology. At The Well, she served as a Media Team Leader last year. What she loves most about The Well is that there are so many students her age that are on fire for the Lord and the stories of how the Lord is working in each and every students life. A fun fact, she can juggle.

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Pistachio.
Chloe is a Senior at UA majoring in Kinesiology. At The Well, she has served for two years on our Leadership Team, as an Events Team Leader and then as a Connections Intern. What she loves most about The Well is the Gospel-Centered Community and how she has learned, alongside community, to actively walk in her faith. A fun fact, she was adopted from China.

Her favorite ice cream flavor is Krazie Kookie Dough.