Our Team

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Clayton Wood  |  Executive Director

Clayton first came to Thrive Lonsdale in 2012 as an act of obedience to God. The ministry was in desperate need of revival. Five years later,  the ministry is thriving under his leadership. Clayton grew up at Wears Valley Ranch, a Christian home and school run by his loving parents. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English Literature and a law degree from Washington and Lee. He has a lovely wife, Danielle, and 5 precious children, Maggie (7) Wyatt (6) William (4) Lewis (2) and Miles (baby!). Clayton loves coca-cola, Tennessee sports, and a lively political debate.


 Jenna Rorex  |  Special Projects Director

Jenna grew up in North Carolina, graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Elementary Education. Jenna then travelled to Memphis, TN to work with Service Over Self before coming to work at Thrive Lonsdale in the fall of 2012. Jenna is married to Taylor, whom she met through Young LIfe's Discipleship Focus program in Pigeon Forge, TN. Jenna loves organization, bright colors, and all things Dollywood.


Mollye O'Rourke  |  Elementary Program Director + Communications Director

Mollye grew up here in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Mollye has been involved in Lonsdale for many years and interned at Thrive throughout college. She moved into a full time position in the fall of 2015. She oversees all things related to all of our elementary programs along with newsletters, website, and public relations. Mollye loves design, the color white, and springtime.


Laura Powell  |  Main Campus Site Director

Laura is from Signal Mountain, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2016 with a degree in Hispanic Studies and ESL education. She started as a full-time staff member at Thrive in the fall of 2016 and is currently our Main Campus Site Director. She loves learning about and engaging with people from different cultures. She loves going on walks and runs outside, biking, climbing trees, playing soccer and volleyball, and eating fresh fruit.


 Josh Shelley  |  Thrive Upper Program Director

Josh is from the great state of Georgia and graduated from Mercer University in 2012. Upon graduating he moved to Memphis, TN to complete the Memphis Fellows Program. This is where he fell in love with the great state of Tennessee! After spending two years on staff in the High School Ministry at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, where is he still actively involved, Josh moved into a full time position as the Director of the Thrive Upper program. Now in his second year as the Thrive Upper Director, Josh is eager to see what the Lord has in store for the program. Josh is super passionate about ministering to teenagers and loves setting up leaders to invest in the lives of students. Josh loves the Atlanta Braves, hiking, and finding new restaurants with friends.


Beth Aaser  |  High School Site Director + Garden and Sports Coordinator

Beth, a Knoxville native, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Speech Pathology. Beth has been involved in Lonsdale for 5+ years. After interning throughout college, Beth moved into a full time position in the fall of 2015. Beth wears many hats; she leads the THRIVE Upper High School program, oversees the THRIVE Garden, and coordinates the sports program for our students. Beth loves energetically greeting people, the color of autumn leaves, organic food, and taking naps.


Sarah Foster  |  School Campus Site Director

Sarah invested in the community of Lonsdale for a number of years before she interned as a classroom teacher at THRIVE in the summer of 2012. She grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Lee University with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2014, Sarah moved into a full time position as THRIVE Lonsdale's Volunteer coordinator. After 3 years of lovingly coordinating volunteers, Sarah is now currently the School Campus site director at Lonsdale Elementary School. Sarah loves early mornings, pine trees, walking her dog, backpacking, and Lord of the Rings marathons.

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Nate Choi  |  Parkridge Site Director

Nate graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a degree in Religious Studies and is joining THRIVE Lonsdale for his first year as the Parkridge Site Director. Although he was born in California and has lived in many other states, after 8+ years of living in the great state of Tennessee, Nate calls Knoxville home and has a great love for the city and people. Nate enjoys engaging in philosophical conversations, exploring and traveling to new places, coffeeshops, rock-climbing, and aesthetics.


Becca Campbell  |  Volunteer Coordinator

Becca is from Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a degree in Child Family Studies. After spending many years pouring into the Lonsdale community in many different positions for Thrive Lonsdale, she is now joining Thrive's full time staff as the Volunteer Coordinator. Becca has a big heart for the kids in the Lonsdale community and loves connecting different people and communities with each other. Becca loves diet coke, stripes, eating at the taco truck, and laughing.

Fall 2017 Interns

Interns lead and teach in our 8 elementary and 3 upper classrooms. 




  • Class A | Will Duncan + Colleen Leyrer
  • Class B | Emily Ferrell + Stephen Pardue
  • High School | Marlow Payant + Kieran Barrett



  • Kitchen Director | Andrew Laurence + Paxton Wills

                                   Main Campus

  • Class 1  | Christian + Michelle Barnett
  • Class 2 | Rachel Anderson + Madelaine 
  • Class 3 | Sarah Wade + Zach Tudeen
  • Class 4 | Elizabeth Steimer + Hannah Stauffer
  • Program Assistant | Margaret Tulloch

                                 School Campus

  • Class 1  | Lauren Batchelor 
  • Class 2 | Abby Leake
  • Class 3 | Stacia Stonebrook + Jill Peterson
  • Class 4 | Marisa Infield
  • Program Assistant | Melanie Lewis