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MEET THE STAFF

Our Staff: Our Team
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DANIEL JOHNSON

Regional Campus Minister

GET TO KNOW STAFF

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DANIEL JOHNSON | REGIONAL CAMPUS MINISTER

Meet Daniel! Daniel comes from a campus ministry background. His father was a campus minister for over 30 years in Georgia. Daniel loves college students and believes they can make an exponential impact on the kingdom, and can't imagine serving in any other ministry. Daniel loves the SEC, graduating from UGA and serving at the Ole Miss BSU for four years, and now serves as the Lexington Regional Campus Minister and the campus minister at the University of Kentucky. Daniel graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with his MDiv and is currently working on His DMin at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves all things nerdy, being outdoors, and spending with his wife Sarah, their son, Caleb, and their newborn daughter, Naomi.

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NEIL BASSETT | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Meet Neil! A born and raised Kentuckian, Neil graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018 with a finance and risk management/insurance double major. He spent one year in the workforce under a tax accountant and financial advisor. Throughout his time in the workforce, Neil felt the Lord calling him to something more. Neil left his job and served in East Asia for eight months and various campus ministries before God placed him at the UK BCM as the Associate Director. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing video games, going to the gym, and trying new coffee shops.

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CECILIA SHACKLETT | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Meet Cecilia! Cecilia is our Administrative Assistant here at the BCM. She graduated from Samford University in 2021 with a degree in Worship Leadership. She now lives in Lexington with her husband, Ben. Along with her administrative duties, Cecilia oversees the worship team, disciples women, and overseeing operations. She also serve on the worship team at the Mission Church of Lexington. In her free time, Cecilia loves to paint, dance, and play with her cat, Zoro.

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CAMERON MITCHELL | MEN'S MINISTRY

Meet Cameron! Cameron was born and raised in Corbin, Kentucky and graduated from UK in 2022 with a bachelor's degree in Architecture. He was homeschooled K-12th grade and did not know anyone else coming to UK, but got plugged in at the BCM early his freshman year. He got involved in BCM’s discipleship program and grew greatly in his faith and knowledge of God through that mentorship. Through his time leading as a student at BCM, he grew in his love for teaching God’s Word to others, which led to him joining staff full-time alongside his wife, Taylor.
Cameron enjoys hiking, walking around old buildings, and computer design in his spare time.

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TAYLOR MITCHELL | WOMEN'S MINISTRY

Meet Taylor! Taylor grew up most of her life in a small town in northwestern Ohio before moving to Kentucky in 2019 for school. She studied both hospitality management and marketing at the University of Kentucky and graduated in May of 2023. 
Taylor served on staff part-time with a campus minsitry her senior year of college, before decided to go into full-time ministry after she graduated. She got married to her husband, Cameron, last December.
She loves sheperding and disicpling college aged women and believes in the impact that campus ministries can have on the future of college student’s lives because that is true for her own life!
In her free time, she loves getting coffee, thrifting, and being the ultimate plant mom.

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KAT RANKIN | CAMPUS MINISTRY INTERN

Meet Kat! Kat is one of the Campus Ministry Interns at the BCM! Originally from Cleveland, OH, she came to Kentucky three years ago to attend the University of Kentucky. It was at the BCM in 2020 that she gave her life to Christ. Since then, she has served on leadership on the evangelism team, international team, and, most recently, the Freshmen Focus team. Kat role includes serving the leadership team, discipling women, overseeing the publicity team, and leading one of the Bible studies with Emma on Thursday nights. In her free time, you can find Kat at a coffee shop, reading, creating art, or spending time outdoors.

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BEN SHACKLETT | CAMPUS MINISTRY INTERN

Meet ben! Ben is one of the Campus Ministry Interns here at BCM. He is currently a Senior studying Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Ben is originally from Meade County, KY. Along with engineering, Ben is determining God’s call to Ministry in his life. At the BCM, Ben serves primarily as overseer for the Evangelism and Outreach team while also leading one of the Bible Study family groups on Thursday night. Ben enjoys being outside, watching UK sports, talking about machinery and science, and reading. Ben lives with his wife Cecilia and their cat named Zorro.

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EMMA RUSSELL | STUDENT PRESIDENT

Meet Emma! Emma is the BCM President for the 2023-2024 school year! She is a current senior student Information Communication Technology. Emma is from Lexington, KY so UK has always been home to her. Her parents and little sister live in Lexington and her brother, Nicolas, is also studying Elementary Education at UK. Emma has been attending the BCM since the fall of her sophomore year in 2021. As president, Emma's role includes being the voice for the students, overseeing operations, event planning, discipling women, and leading one of the Bible studies with Kat on Thursday nights. In her free time, Emma likes to read books and hang out with friends and family.

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