Summer Fellows

Summer 2021 Fellows


Eli Bakht

Eli is from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the Kinkaid School and attended Christ the King Presbyterian Church. He is currently a rising junior at the University of Texas studying economics. This summer he is interning with Michael Shannon at Vianovo Consulting. In his free time, he coaches lacrosse and enjoys following Texas football.


Mary Caroline Hayles

Mary Caroline Hayles is from Nashville, TN! I am about to be a junior at UT and I am studying Human Dimensions of Organizations which is a new major similar to business and psychology. I am involved in RUF and the theta sorrority at Texas! In my free time I love being with friends, dogs, and listening to music! I am excited for this summer!


Walt Horton

Walt is a rising Senior Economics major and Entrepreneurship minor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Valley Fly Fishing Camps, an instructional youth summer camp held in Austin. He is an avid outdoorsman and has a new-found passion for bird dog training.


Wilkie Miller

Wilkie grew up in Houston with one sister who will be a freshman at Texas State this fall and one sister who will be starting kindergarten. He just finished his third year as an architecture major at UT and will be working for Reach Architects this summer. For fun, he enjoys going to UT baseball games, long bike rides, and making breakfast tacos for lunch or dinner. His favorite thing about college is being involved in RUF and having a place to serve in fun ways and enjoy so many Christ-centered friendships.


Connally Mooring

Connally is from Houston, Texas and went to Memorial High School. She is a senior at the University of Texas studying communications and leadership alongside pursuing a business minor. She enjoys scuba diving, hunting, cooking, surfing, going to Orange Theory, and exploring Austin’s restaurants and hiking trails.

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Mary Beth Ratcliff

Mary Beth is from Lufkin, Texas. This year, she will be a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in advertising with an emphasis on media and analytics. During my time at UT, I have been actively involved in the Chi Omega sorority, RUF, and Drift magazine. She loves being outside, active, and surrounded by friends and family.


Mary Taaffe

Mary is from Austin, Texas. She is a rising junior at The University of Texas where she is studying Early Childhood Education. This summer she will be working with Brooke Shannon at Wait Til 8th. She will graduate from UT in 2023 and plans on being an elementary or middle school teacher. She loves being outdoor and walking town lake with her friends.

Program Overview

Three days a week, fellows work as summer interns in a given vocation (e.g. private equity, medicine, real estate, ministry, etc.). Fellows also receive theological training, participate in seminars with Christian scholars and community leaders, share life together, and enjoy one-on-one mentoring relationships with mature believers. Fellows will receive formational care through:

  • Host Church: The host church functions as the hub of the fellows program: providing oversight, scheduling activities, and weaving fellows into the life of the church body.
  • Job Host: The job host is either a business or church that hires the fellow as a paid summer intern.
  • Mentor: Each fellow is assigned a mentor. Mentors are members of the local church and employees of the fellow’s job host. Mentors will shepherd the fellow as they learn to integrate their faith with their vocation.


  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 22
  • May 27-August 9
  • 11 weeks with 1 week set aside for Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) volunteering


  • $1500 Fellows Stipend