10 Years of Jubilee

One of Calvin College’s Jubilee Fellows hopes to serve as a youth minister. Others want to work with women, the developmentally disabled, in social justice, overseas missions and other ministries.

The 2012 Jubilee Fellows

“I hope to learn more of the church, Christ's body, because at times I feel like I have a naive view of how the church is run … ,” said Eunsub Cho, 20, a secondary education major from Seoul, South Korea.

Joella Ranaivoson, an international relations and writing major from Nairobi, Kenya, feels called to overseas missions. She believes the Jubilee Fellows program at the college in Grand Rapids, Mich., is the next step.

Founded 10 years ago through a grant from Calvin’s Lilly Vocation Project, the Jubilee Program mentors and sends 12 fellows a year to intern at churches all over North America.

Many have gone on to seminary or the ministry and others fill active lay leadership in their congregations.

Throughout the winter and spring, the fellows—all juniors—take a weekly seminar on church history, discernment, gifts people possess, and positions in the church.

“We don’t hold anything back on a lot of levels,” said Todd Cioffi, a former pastor and the assistant professor of congregational and ministry studies who runs the program.

About the Author

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