Meet our 2023 Interns!

We are so grateful for our interns here at Wooddale Church. In this season, God has given us the privilege to invest in outreach-oriented leaders whose hearts are wired to share the hope of the Gospel. We thought you should get to know them a little bit! What better way than a fun question and response?

Rebekah Vincent – Worldwide
Marcos Pena – Production
Brenna Brown - Junior High
Claire Gardner - Senior High


What has been an impactful bible verse for you in life?

Brenna: A Bible verse that has truly impacted my life and vocational path is Isaiah 55:5 (ESV): “Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.” It was revealed to me during a time of great sadness and calling, and ultimately reconciled my deeply missional faith with a newfound understanding of the Gospel.

Rebekah: The most impactful section of scripture for me would be Psalms, as the Lord has taught me the Biblical art of lamenting through David’s life and writings.

Marcos: One of the most impactful bible verses for me was Psalm 147:3. This verse was something I experienced so powerfully when I asked Jesus to deliver me from my brokenness. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Claire: Romans 8:38-39 has always been my go-to verse to remind myself of the love that the Lord gives to me, that nothing will separate me from Him!

If you could go anywhere with no limitations, where would you go and why?

Brenna: If there are no limitations… I would give absolutely anything to walk through the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien! The images that come to mind when I think of the elven world of Rivendell, the grassy fields of the Shire or the elegant wardrobe entrance to Narnia are earnestly breathtaking to me.

Rebekah: If I could go anywhere, it would probably be North Africa, to visit some dear friends of mine on the field.

Marcos: If I could go anywhere without limitations I would explore the Japanese countryside because I love Japanese culture and nature!

Claire: I would go to Bali, I would go mainly for the beautiful weather and adventure that can be found there!

If you could be a character in any movie, show, or book, who would it be and why? 

Brenna: Wow, there are so many to choose from! If I had to pick one, I’d love to be a hobbit. Not Frodo or Sam or any of the major characters (too much stress in their roles!), but just a happy little hobbit living inside a hole in a hill. 🙂

Rebekah: If I could be a character from a book, I would love to be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (specifically in the Prisoner of Azkeban), my family jokes a bit that I share similar qualities, and it would be fun to be in a different “world” for a time.

Marcos: If I could be any fiction character I would be Aragorn from Lord of the Rings because it’s one of my favorite books and I love the lore and world of LOTR.

Claire: I would be Lucy from Narnia, she follows Aslan boldly and never doubts the path that Aslan wants to take her. I would love to follow the Lord as boldly as Lucy follows Aslan.

What is the weirdest thing you have eaten?

Brenna: I’ve tried many obscure/strange items on my international trips abroad, but one of the weirdest would probably be haggis–a Scottish delicacy that consists of sheep intestines cooked inside of the same animal’s stomach.

Rebekah: I’ve eaten Alpaca meat! Funny story, it was my second time on a short term missions trip and I got food poisoning and possible altitude sickness at the same time. The following day I went to visit Machu Picchu and I was pretty miserable!

Marcos: The weirdest thing I’ve eaten was rice beans that had bugs in it when I was in Mozambique. I was there on missions and the people who prepared the food (teenagers) didn’t care to look if there were bugs in the food so I crunched on a bunch of ants.

Claire: Probably dairy free cheese, clearly I do not adventure out of my taste pallet much and it will stay that way!