Eric Vinsel, Thomas Chalmers Scholar
Eric completed a year-long internship at Imago Dei, in Chicago, for his church planting emphasis. “It was also an opportunity to test out many ideas about how best to address the issue of poverty actively,” he says. Eric’s primary responsibilities were working with youth and running the homeless ministry. “Now I equate personal piety with loving actions and hospitality,” Eric notes. He wants to develop church services that meet needs of people who “connect differently.”
Karyn Bigelow, James A. Walther Scholar
As a servant of Christ, Karyn feels called to help women in need—specifically to help them have pure hearts. “I want every woman to know God intimately, and for her to let God work on her the same way God does on me,” she says. Karyn has started a web-based organization devoted to connecting women to and within the church for support in pursuing pure and holistic lifestyles—spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Richard Hanlon, Lester E. and Florence P. Bohl Memorial Scholar
With a passion for the natural world, Rich began exploring the connections between theology and nature as an undergraduate. He views being fully human as being in right relationship not only with God and other humans but also with the rest of creation. “Nature is a symbol and reality of God’s ongoing creation, and we are invited to participate in that process. So it is theologically significant when the church takes care of the world,” says this future pastor.
Amy Jun, William Robinson Scholar and Korean Recognition Scholar
Korea native Amy Jun says her highest priority is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite the financial challenges faced by her family, Amy determined to “seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness” by following Christ’s call to seminary and to trust that “all these things will also be given” to her. Amy’s husband serves as pastor of the Pittsburgh Korean United Methodist Church, where she assists as interpreter, youth group teacher, and Sunday worship praise leader.
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