Fellowship Prepares Students for Ministry

A dozen Calvin College students are preparing for possible post-college careers in ministry through the college’s Jubilee Fellows program. The program is designed to serve promising students who are strongly inclined toward spiritual leadership and Christian ministry.

Jubilee Fellows receive a $4,000 fellowship for their senior year of college, during which they commit to mentor or lead a ministry-related opportunity at the college. They also receive support for summer ministry internship expenses.

Kristen Buurma, Brenda Katerberg, Jana Kelder, Jackie Klamer, Katie Klok, Peter (Alex) Kontras, Matt Landheer, Scott Page, Kyle Sandison, Laura Sizemore, David Song, and Julianne Wolfe were chosen last fall.

They took a spring semester class that examines the lives of theologians and church leaders throughout history and also met regularly for dinner with ministry leaders from all over the world.

This summer the students will be placed in internships at churches and organizations across North America.

The experience will be good preparation, program coordinator Kary Bosma says. “They learn what it takes to make a Sunday worship service happen, and a lot of them gain an appreciation of the level of involvement that a church needs from its members.

“I think students learn that they’re called upon to do more than show up on a Sunday. We have many who organize vacation Bible school or a worship service, and they learn it takes many hands to make a program run well.”

For more information about the Jubilee Fellows, visit www.calvin.edu/news/releases/2006-07/jubilee-fellows.htm

About the Author

Myrna Anderson is a senior writer in Calvin College’s communications and marketing department.
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