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Ministry Students of Character, Serving the Church

Ministry Students of Character, Serving the Church

Eleven senior ministry students from G.U.’s Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry will serve in ministry internships across the U.S. and overseas this summer, including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina.

The “Improvisation” of Ministry

In Wichita, Kansas, at Rivercrest Free Methodist Community Church, ministry major Jed Moody ’21 will intern with Lead Pastor Linda Green. Jed says, “I am looking forward to working with four different ministries, practicing improvisation as I go into a summer of uncertainty.”

“Improvisation” describes a key approach to ministry and discipleship within the Bastian School, as explained by Ministry Internship Program Director Ben Wayman: “The church is called to improvise in this in-between time where we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil, as we await his return when God will restore all things.”

In light of this ministerial training, Jed says, “The Bastian School has equipped me for this internship by fostering in me a spirit of curiosity, humility, and confidence.”

Deep-Dive Into Scripture and Urban Ministry

Kait Mathews ’21 will intern with the Wabash Conference of the Free Methodist Church as she works with Senior Pastor Kristen Marble at West Morris Free Methodist Church. "I am excited to be able to work with a dynamic pastor,” Kait says. She anticipates strengthening skills for “pastoral ministry in an urban community.”

Kait feels her training in the Bastian School prepared her for this internship. “The Bastian School has better equipped me to understand the Bible in a fuller capacity,” she says, adding that it helped her “connect it to the world we live in today.”

Beyond the Comfort Zone

Nina Escalante-Allen ’20 will travel to the Dream Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This nonprofit addresses the effects of poverty in the city by offering food to the hungry, schooling for impoverished children, evangelism and more.

Nina looks forward to traveling outside her comfort zone as she follows God's lead. Nina appreciates the opportunity to select her internship placement through the Bastian School’s program. "What I loved the most about the preparation is that I got to choose how I wanted to impact others through my internship, which I think brought more passion into what I was going to be doing."

The Adventure of Ministry

“Greenville University's Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry is committed to the adventure of ministry,” Wayman says. “We are committed to collaborating with the church to train young people in the best practices, skills, and habits of the Christian tradition to become leaders who serve with courage, clarity, and character. Our prayer is that our students will fulfill God's calling on their lives as they help the church fulfill its calling to become a community of faith, hope, and love in this world.”


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Jed, Kait and Nina are the grateful recipients of a combined total of 12 G.U.-funded scholarships. Your support provides Biblical training and faithful discipleship to tomorrow’s ministers. Thank you for giving.

This story was published on May 29, 2019

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