Fellowship has a long history of partnering with Western Theological Seminary through the Teaching Church Ministry. The mission of the Teaching Church Ministry is to provide a congregational context for students to discern their call, develop their gifts and grow as church leaders. Wide exposure to Fellowship's congregational life and multiple ministry opportunities are offered, however, the student's growth and development always remains the primary concern.
Each year, Fellowship takes on interns from WTS who take part in the Teaching Church Ministry. Typically, each student stays at Fellowship for all three years of their time at the Seminary with a different focus each year.
Year One - Formation for Church Leadership:
The overall goal of the first year is to design a process that will enable the student to discover who she or he is within the Christian community and to begin to discern some possible dimensions of God's call. Fellowship's First Year Intern is Alyssa Muehmel.
Alyssa, who has spent the summer with us as a Ministry Intern, is joining us this year as a first year intern. Alyssa recently graduated from Calvin College and just began as a student at Western Theological Seminary. She is from Waterford, MI. Alyssa will be working with the high school youth as a leader and working with Karen Donker in Hand2Hand ministries, as well as volunteering as a Kids Hope mentor.
Year Two - Cultivating a Vision for Church Leadership:
The overall goal of the second year is to provide opportunities for the student to develop leadership skills in the area of caring, teaching and small group leadership, as well as to grow as a worship leader. Fellowship's Second Year Intern is James Bosscher.
James is in his second year at Western Theological Seminary in the dual-track program (M.Div/MSW). He is just beginning his first year as an intern at Fellowship after spending last year interning at Barnabas Ministries in Zeeland. James grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and earned his degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. James was married last summer (2016) to Elizabeth Bosscher after they met working at a summer camp for two summers together. James enjoys getting outdoors and exploring new places with his wife, playing sports, and spending quality time with friends and family. While at Fellowship, James is excited to serve with a congregational care focus and continue to discern where God is calling him in ministry.
Year Three - Acquiring the Skills for Church Leadership:
The overall goal for this third year is to provide the student opportunities to further develop ministry skills in the areas of caring, teaching, small group leadership and worship leadership - as well as develop skills in preaching and leadership of the congregation as an organization. Fellowship's Third Year Intern is Hannah Barker Nickolay.
Hannah Barker Nickolay
Hannah is in her third year at Western Theological Seminary and as an intern at Fellowship. She grew up in the small town of Orange City, Iowa. She graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. A year after graduating she married a fellow theatre major, Jackson Nickolay (pronounced "Nick-o-lie"), and they have spent the last two years living in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Hannah loves reading, writing poetry, singing, watching movies and plays, and making food with friends. Hannah has a heart for worship design and scripture presentation.