Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘interns’

Story by Jeannie Dortch.

When Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor, learned that I was writing an article on interns who have served at FBC, she immediately urged, “Please do not leave out our short-term youth interns. For many, that was the launching pad for their futures, the place where they felt a call to full time ministry … Powerful stuff!”

Andy Berry is one of these. The son of longtime FBC members, Bill and Debbie, Andy first distinguished himself by playing baby Jesus in FBC’s 1992 Youth Pageant! During the summer of 2004 he remembers experiencing “a baptism by fire” when his supervising youth minister, Lynn Turner, was abroad. Left in charge, Andy planned everything from Bible studies to mission trips to house repair. “I learned by making mistakes and that helped me learn how to fix things. Stumbling and not having everything super polished was good.”

Andy Berry

Andy Berry

After several years serving youth and families in NC, he returned to Richmond’s Hope Church in 2010 to plan family events and work as a part-time children’s director. He has been Director of Hope Kids Children’s Ministry, Infant – Grade 5 since 2012. Recently, he conducted training for Candi Brown’s Children’s Ministry Sunday school teachers based on the model he uses at Hope. “The most exciting thing for me has been partnering with parents in the spiritual development of their kids. Lynn did a phenomenal job in this area. She taught me that to be successful in youth ministry I have to spend equal time with kids, parents and volunteers. Lynn was my youth pastor, then my boss, and now is my friend.”

Katie-BoykinHarbin

Katie Boykin Harbin

Katie Boykin Harbin, daughter of Debbie and Joe Boykin, was a summer intern for Lynn Turner in 2008. In May 2014, she graduated from BTSR with a dual degree: Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Patient Counseling. Katie wrote, “Through Lynn’s mentoring, I began to see possibilities for service that I had not guessed possible. I continued to work with FBC’s youth group until July 2012, when I left for Greenville, SC where I got my first job as a hospital chaplain at Greenville Memorial Hospital. My greatest passion is developing close relationships and sharing in others’ spiritual crises.

“Currently, I am a hospice chaplain for Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. Members of FBC’s youth group and Lynn Turner were significant players in helping me cultivate skills which have allowed me to be present with others in their pain and suffering. Providing this kind of spiritual/emotional support is my number one responsibility and passion as a chaplain.”

Vignette from Lauren's area of service

Vignette from Lauren’s area of service

One of Lynn’s youth, Lauren, interned in 2009. She now works in North Africa and the Middle East. (For her security, neither her full name nor photograph can be used.) A Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in Human Development, Lauren spends her time overseas teaching and sharing God’s love with those from different cultures.

“My time at FBC showed me what it was like to be involved working with a community of believers. The time spent on FBC mission trips helped solidify my passion for cultures different from my own and for people to go and be Christ’s ambassadors.

“The greatest joy about my job now is building relationships with women and finding those who show interest in the gospel truth. Women here are some of the most hospitable, kind and caring I have ever met. Their example encourages me in my walk with the Lord to be a servant with a caring heart.

“The most difficult thing about my job has been trying to learn two new languages. My people group speaks two different languages. Languages do not come easily to me, but God has shown me grace in helping me retain more information than I thought possible!”

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) reminds us, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” These youth interns are a few examples of the impact that FBC has had on its protégées. Thank God for their service here, there, and everywhere!

Author’s note: In writing this series, I was given names of more interns than I was able to interview. Those include Suzanne Burgess Acosta, Trey Bearden, Sean Gunter, Holly Jesensky, Abby Dickinson Moncrief, Cory Osborne (current), Aaron Prescott, Laura Norvelle Purtee, Stewart Smith, Maddie Surles, Sara Smith Williams, and Courtney Jones Willis. Please add your comments to praise these, those mentioned in the article, or any others you may know who have been influenced by their association with FBC.

Read related stories: Interns Part 1, Interns Part 2, Where Are They Now?, KOHx2 – Multiplication Made Easy, Working with Them, SKEINS Knits for South African Children, Ministering to the Zulu People in South Africa

Read Full Post »

Story by Jeannie Dortch.

The net of influence cast by Richmond’s First Baptist Church is wider than most could imagine. Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor/Ministry of Community, remarked: “Over the years, FBC has become ‘an equipping church’ for interns who started their ministries here.” FBC’s involvement with students from the United States and abroad has made just as much of an impact beyond our borders as have our BTSR interns. Read Interns on the Move Part 1.

Candi Brown, FBC’s Minister to Children, explained the recent expansion of FBC’s social work ministries’ internship program: “In 2010 Steve Blanchard, Associate Pastor, Compassion, and I began talking about the need for more case management help with our refugees. We looked to the VCU Social Work Department for help. We have supervised seven VCU interns on the bachelor’s and master’s levels since then.”

Nicole Zingaro

Nicole Zingaro

In 2012, Nicole Zingaro fulfilled a Master of Social Work requirement by serving 14 hours per week for one year in Journey Point, FBC’s refugee resettlement program. Now she manages other interns from VCU as FBC’s Social Worker, a position she has held since graduation. Steve noted that Nicole “is good with clients. She exudes a calm and approachable manner, making the refugees, especially the women, identify and bond with her.”

Hannah McMahan

Hannah McMahan

Interns also come from schools outside Richmond. Hannah McMahan, a graduate of Wake Forest University Divinity School, wrote, “In the summer of 2009, I was supervised by Steve Booth, Associate Pastor, Formation, for one year. The church was going through the transition to the missional church model, and I came as the Interim Youth Minister during the search for a permanent youth minister.” Now, Hannah works in Washington, DC as the National Coordinator of New Baptist Covenant (NBC). As Hannah explains, “I have always been inspired by NBC’s dream of healing the racial, theological and generational divides in the Baptist family. In my current position, I work alongside various Baptist communions to facilitate cross-cultural ministry partnerships between Baptist churches on the local level.”

Alena Glembova

Alena Glembova

“Alena Glembova is part of the fruit of FBC’s first mission trip to Ruzemberok, Slovakia in 2000, to run an English camp,” commented Ralph Starling, Associate Pastor, Invitation. “So successful was the camp in which Alena was a student that FBC members returned for the next ten years. After that long, the campers and local residents had become family to us. I wasn’t surprised when Alena called in 2012 to see if she could spend the summer in Richmond giving back by helping me work with the international students at VCU as well as with the refugees.”

Alena returned for her third consecutive summer in 2014. Ralph enthused, “She is a very open person with strong relational skills, along with the ability to speak four languages. The VCU students love her.” Alena is currently working on her master’s degree in business management in Slovakia.

Brittany Phipps

Brittany Phipps

Brittany Phipps is finishing her degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with concentration in Program Management and a minor in Psychology at NC State University. But in the summers of 2012 and 2013, she helped FBC’s children and youth in conjunction with the recreation ministry.

“It was on a mission trip to China where I met Buddy Burgess, FBC’s Recreation Minister, and was led to interning for him. After my first summer at FBC, I went back to NC State and immediately changed my major to something that would include recreation. Had it not been for Buddy’s ‘coaching,’ I would never have made that decision. After graduation, I plan to intern in College Ministry in Raleigh, followed by serving as a church program director or perhaps spending more time on the mission field. I am open to different possibilities!”

Carmen Miller

Carmen Miller

FBC’s media ministry is our newest area of service. In 2010, as a student at North Greenville University in South Carolina, Carmen Miller came to FBC as a summer intern to fulfill a requirement for her major in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Media. “Carmen’s zest for life, service, and travel was exhibited through the energy she poured into her internship at FBC,” said Janet Chase, FBC’s Media Designer.

Carmen emailed, “I was very impressed with FBC’s organization and their professional way of approaching communication to a mass audience. My training was very helpful. With the responsibilities I was given, my confidence increased as a designer. I graduated in 2011, but live in Nashville now where I am a supervisor at the Nashville Downtown Hostel.

FBC’s association with these outstanding young people has produced a living testament to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ who faithfully serve in the Richmond area and throughout the world. “Amen to that!” say those affiliated with FBC who have been privileged to work with these dedicated interns who are here, there, and everywhere!

Author’s note: In writing this article, I was given names of more interns than I was able to include in this article. Among the names not mentioned above are Katie Barnette, Candace Beam, Shannon Edwards, Jennifer Kopak, and Victoria Proctor. Please add your comments to praise those mentioned or highlight any other interns you may know who have been influenced by their association with FBC.

Editor’s note: This article is dedicated to Len Morrow who encouraged Jeannie to write about FBC’s interns.

See related stories: FBC Equips Emerging Leaders and Who is this man?

Read Full Post »

By Jeannie Dortch.

Since its beginning in 1991, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) has enjoyed a rich relationship with Richmond’s First Baptist Church. FBC’s convenient location has provided many BTSR Master of Divinity candidates the perfect environment for their required off-campus supervised training (15 hours per week for one year).

Washburn-150px

David Washburn

This year, BTSR has 36 students serving internships in Richmond, other US cities, overseas, and in other denominations. “Over 600 BTSR students have experienced this opportunity,” commented Tracy Hartman, professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology, “a requirement recently identified by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) as one of the strengths of the school and the strongest program of its kind in the country.”

The earliest BTSR intern on record is David Washburn, new Treasurer of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board (VBMB). David interned at FBC in 1996-1997. He remembers, “Being able to go behind FBC’s ‘curtain’ to examine the inner workings of how church administration operates was invaluable.”

Bob Lee

Bob Lee

Bob Lee (1997-1998) is Senior Pastor at New Highland Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, VA. “If it weren’t for FBC, I would not be NHBC’s pastor. When I applied for the position, my resume was being overlooked because I had no pastoral experience. One member of the search committee noticed that I had interned at FBC, and encouraged the others to give my resume a second look saying, ‘FBC doesn’t hire junk!’ That led to an interview, then to being called right out of seminary. I have been here since 1998!”

Steve Blanchard

Steve Blanchard

Steve Blanchard, Associate Pastor for the Ministry of Christian Compassion, started as an intern at FBC in 1995-1996. Though a student at Union Theological Seminary, he was attending FBC at the time, and it seemed the most logical place to complete his internship requirement. During his 17 years at FBC, Steve has supervised BTSR interns serving in the US and abroad.

McClintock family

McClintock family

Lindsey McClintock is one who interned under him in 2008-2009. Lindsey, her husband, and their 2-year-old son, now live outside of Munich, Germany where she serves as the part-time Youth Ministries Pastor/Coordinator. Lindsey wrote, “My team works with 7-27 year olds, organizing retreats, events, camps, and leadership trainings. We also support other local churches with their children, youth and young-adult ministries. I love it!”

Lindsey continued, “While internships are part of BTSR’s MDiv (Master of Divinity) degree program, their Ministry Residency program is designed for recent seminary graduates. These are intense, two-year paid ministry positions. Residencies help curtail a trend that found struggling ministers leaving pastorates after their first five years.”

Hanna Zhu

Hanna Zhu

Lindsey and Hanna Zhu (FBC intern 2011-2012) are FBC’s first to serve through residencies. Lindsey ended her residency in early 2012. Hanna completed her 2-years on June 30, 2014.

Joplin family

Joplin family

Justin Joplin (intern 2006-2007) served as Senior Pastor for Westover Baptist Church (WBC) in Richmond since his BTSR graduation. He recently accepted a position as Senior Pastor with Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Having worked with FBC’s staff during Dr. Flamming’s retirement years was invaluable,” said Justin as he prepares his WBC staff for their transition.

Jay McNeal

Jay McNeal

Jay McNeal, 2013 BTSR intern, is unique as the only FBC intern ever supervised by FBC’s Senior Pastor. “Dr. Somerville allowed me to explore uncharted areas with him. I now serve part-time as FBC’s Microchurch Pastor, working with the people to whom we broadcast on television and internet. We have a Facebook page, a blog, and a recently formed Microchurch Team. FBC wants to grow, not just in numbers but in faith and service in the 21st century. As the Microchurch Pastor, I can see the very real potential of First Baptist microchurches cropping up around the world!”

BTSRstudentsTracy Hartman shared that, “When students graduate from BTSR, they are asked to rank the three most influential pieces of their educational experience at the school, and the internship is always in the top three.”

FBC members give thanks for the interns excellent service and for the opportunity to encourage them at the beginning of their journeys.

Author’s note on other FBC interns: Pam Ash (2009-2010) was recently ordained and is on sabbatical managing family responsibilities. In May 2014 Walter Morton (2010-2011) earned a Master of Theological Studies degree and Don Price (2012-2013) and Tamara Witte (Fall 2013), their Master of Divinity degrees. Tamara now serves as Minister of Congregational Care at River Road Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Michael Gerace (Spring 2014) serves as volunteer chaplain at the Richmond City Jail, under the supervision of Steve Blanchard.

Read related story: First Baptist Church Equips Emerging Leaders

Read Full Post »