our team

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Sam Dawkins

Sam Dawkins is the campus minister of UWG Wesley and pastor of New Church West Georgia. Originally from Conyers, GA, Sam went to the University of Georgia where he felt called to ordained ministry while participating at the UGA Wesley Foundation. He graduated from the Candler School of theology with a Masters of Divinity in 2015. Sam has served on staff at The UGA Wesley Foundation, Hartwell FUMC, and FUMC Lawrenceville. He is passionate about helping the next generation grow in their faith in Christ and cannot wait to see how God moves through this campus ministry with that mission.

Ayanna Tilghman

Ayanna Tilghman is an associate director at UWG Wesley and also serves on staff at West Georgia Church. She began preaching in her early teens; became a lay speaker (1999) and later served as associate pastor of two United Methodist churches (Maryland). She worked as a residential director/counselor in the Division of Student Affairs and was appointed associate director of Wesley Foundation at the University of Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology/Counseling. Throughout her education; professional career and over 20 years of ministry, Ayanna has come to understand the divine call (upon her life) in relation to her passion for holistic health and wellness (mind, body and spirit). Presently, Ayanna is a seminary student pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA.

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Rebecca Frantz

Rebecca is a graduate of Berry College where she majored in Psychology. She is originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia where she worked at en elementary school before going on the World Race in 2017. After returning home, she felt called to West Georgia to work with college students. She serves as the Associate Director and is passionate about discipleship and sharing the love of Christ to those on campus. She loves building relationships with the students, seeing how the Lord challenges and transforms them, and connecting with members of the Carrollton community."