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Jubilee Fellows: Past Jubilee Fellows

Meet the 2010 Jubilee Fellows

Twelve Calvin juniors were selected to participate in the 2010 Jubilee Fellows Program.

Carolyn Affholter

Carolyn AffholterCarolyn is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a double Social Work and Psychology major, with a youth ministry minor. She enjoys working with high school students and growing with them in their spiritual walk. She also has always had a passion for people suffering from acts of social injustice, racism, or classism. After college she hopes to work with a missions agency teaching students how to do correct service work and helping populations in need. Carolyn hopes the Jubilee Fellows program will allow her to gain experience in the area of youth and urban ministry. 

Summer internship placement:  Carolyn served Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN. She worked closely with its youth group in the following ways: taught weekly Sunday school lessons, helped lead the weekly youth mission day (where the youth group did small service projects in Nashville), led a girl's Bible study group, built relationships with middle and high school girls, and chaperoned several trips.

Ali Dahmer

Ali DahmerAli is a religion major from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Although she spent most of her spare time in high school serving in her youth group, she hadn't thought about full-time ministry until just recently. She is currently both a Barnabas and a tutor at Calvin and is considering a future in teaching theology. Ali is excited to explore ministry through the Jubilee Fellows program and her upcoming summer internship.

Summer internship placement: Ali spent the summer at Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church in Seattle, WA. She participated in Sunday worship services, taught adult Sunday school classes, helped in community outreach events, and spent a lot of time helping to rebuild and work in the Green Bean coffee shop, a non-profit outreach run by the church.

Robin Jeong

Robin JeongRobin is from Fremont, California, and he is a Philosophy and Greek major. He enjoys dancing, cooking, and playing guitar and basketball. Since high school he has wanted to study at seminary and possibly serve God in the ministry. He is currently a Worship Apprentice, and the Jubilee Fellows program will continue to add to his ministry experience in college. He has a passion for theology and worship leading, and he hopes to incorporate that passion in the Jubilee Fellows experience.

Summer internship placement: Robin served Ye-Eun Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA. He preached weekly to the young adult group, played during church worship, led a book study group, and helped with Vacation Bible School and a youth camping trip.

Jeremy Jerschina

Jeremy JerschinaJeremy is a Greek and International Development double major from Bayonne, New Jersey. Raised by Polish immigrants, Jeremy came to Christ in summer of 2001 along with his nominal Catholic mother and atheist father. He has felt called to the ministry since his senior year of high school and would like to pursue an M. Div. after finishing his Calvin education. He is eager to participate in the Jubilee Fellows program so that he may be further shaped by God into a vessel that He might use and be guided by wiser, more mature Christians devoted to the Lord's work. Jeremy wants to be able to serve God with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Summer internship placement: Jeremy served Ridgepoint Community Church's Moran Park campus. He planned outreach events; developed relationships with members of the church and surrounding community; learned about worship, pastoral care, and evangelism; and helped the pastor research and prepare for his sermons.

James Kessel

James KesselJames, from Byron Center, Michigan, enjoys studying psychology, Spanish, and youth ministry at Calvin. His experiences include pastoring 5th and 6th grade students at his current church internship and building relationships with high school students through Young Life. His interests in ministry also include leading worship through music. In the future, James plans to attend graduate school in seminary or psychology. He is confident that his experience with Jubilee Fellows will change him as he continues to develop leadership skills in a church setting. James believes this opportunity will enable him to grow as a minister of Christ in whatever he does.

Summer internship placement: James served Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN. He developed relationships with students in the middle and high school youth groups and helped to plan their weekly youth group and Sunday school meetings. He planned and led worship every week, and often prepared and delivered the message. He also accompanied students on service projects, helped with Vacation Bible School, delivered a children's sermon, and chaperoned several youth group trips.

Jules Postema

Jules PostemaJules is a social work major and youth ministry minor from Massachusetts. After graduation, Jules plans to attend seminary on a dual-track program to earn both her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a degree from seminary.  For her seminary degree, Jules is considering a Masters of Counseling Psychology (MACP) because she is very interested in pursuing a career in marriage, family, or youth therapy. Jules’ other passions include urban ministry, especially through racial reconciliation, and international development and missions. Jules has a deep desire to help youth, especially in Eastern Africa, who have been victimized by war and other forms of oppression. Working together with both the local and worldwide church to support communities (both in the United States and abroad) that are healing from social tragedies is one of Jules’ goals. This summer Jules is excited to integrate her faith and her social work as she continues to seek God’s will for the future.

Summer internship placement: Jules spent the summer at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, FL. Her focus was relational ministry within the church's youth group, and she spent most of her time with the teens in one-on-one conversations. She also led several Bible study small groups; taught Sunday school; developed curriculum; and planned and led youth summer events, a local mission trip, and Vacation Bible School.

Laura Semmelman

Laura SemmelmanLaura is a Psychology major from Libertyville, Illinois. Since high school, when she first heard God’s call to pursue full-time ministry, Laura has been actively discerning her gifts and talents in relation to ministry. She loves working with youth, has an immense interest in Christian counseling, and also has passion for missions. Laura plans to attend seminary after Calvin and is excited to see what God has in store for her.

Summer internship placement: Laura served Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, California. She led a study on Exodus for all ages, led a high school small group, planned and taught a 5th/6th grade day camp class, helped to lead the junior high retreat, led a 5th grade Vacation Bible School class, and helped in a junior high art camp. She also took part in a preaching class taught by one of Emmanuel's pastors.

Kristen Soule

Kristen SouleKristen came to Calvin from Holland, Michigan. Being a nursing major, she finds it impossible to separate physical wellness from spiritual wellness. Therefore, she has joined the Jubilee Fellows program to learn more about how nursing and ministry might intersect in her life. She feels a specific calling to serve the hurting and impoverished people of this world. She dreams of giving excellent health care to the poor, while spreading the gospel and Gods love to all.  Kristen delights in listening to other people's stories and deep conversations. She hopes to learn more about the heart of God and discern his calling for her through Jubilee Fellows.

Summer internship placement: Kristen served Bridge of Life Church in Sacramento, California. While there, Kristen participated in worship services and planning meetings, planned children's events for the community, and helped at the Greenhouse, which provides a summer camp, Vacation Bible school, and learning opportunities to the children in the church's impoverished neighborhood. Kristen had lots of opportunities to talk with people in the community in order to learn the needs that the church can meet. Through these conversations, there were also many opportunities to provide pastoral care, along with the church's pastor.

Taylor Swart

Taylor SwartTaylor is a communications major from Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her time at Calvin she has served on the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, and was a small group leader at Calvin’s Leadership Challenge Institute. As a Jubilee Fellow, Taylor hopes to further discern her call to multicultural congregational ministry. She looks forward to exploring the ins and outs of preaching and pastoral care in the coming year. 

Summer internship placement: At Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, California Taylor's work primarily focused on The Compton Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel that works for the spiritual renewal of the city of Compton, CA. Taylor established new church partnerships through research and some persuasive marketing; and she recruited some of the hundreds of volunteers needed for the summer "Compton Clean-up Day." She helped to lead a Bible study, participated in Vacation Bible School, and preached three short sermons within a preaching class at Emmanuel.

Chris Vanderzee

Chris VanderzeeChris is a Spanish major and a Sociology minor hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. In response to a growing sense of calling, Chris applied for the Jubilee Fellows program. He decided that it was finally time to take God's gentle nudging a bit more seriously. He is excited to have this opportunity to explore various types of ministry into which God may be calling him. He is unsure of his plans for after graduation, but is considering working in bilingual ministries or in urban ministries.

Summer internship placement: Chris served Rosewood Church in Bellflower, California. Chris participated in many ministry areas in order to grasp the work of the church. He led weekly worship, taught a Wednesday night class, planned and led youth events and a youth conference, helped run the weekly food bank, made pastoral care visits, participated in administrative meetings, and preached at a local retirement community. Chris also worked with a local non-profit organization, Kingdom Causes, where he led worship; acted as a liaison between the organization and Rosewood Church; helped with publicity and the weekly homeless breakfast; and tutored neighborhood children.

K.J. Van Ek

K.J. Van EkK.J. is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is majoring in Psychology.  He initially intended to pursue a career in counseling, but just before his junior year at Calvin God made it undeniably clear to K.J. that his future lay in church ministry.  He now plans to attend seminary after graduation, following God’s will for his life.  K.J. is always excited to share his faith and strongly desires to preach God’s Word and pastor His people.  He feels extremely blessed to be a part of the Jubilee Fellows program, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this incredible experience.

Summer internship placement: K.J. served at Granite Springs Christian Reformed Church in Lincoln, CA. He participated in every ministry area the church had to offer, in order to learn more about himself and the work of the church. K.J. participated in weekly worship services, practiced pastoral care, planned a church-wide 4th of July celebration, taught in several different settings, participated in evangelism and outreach opportunities, and helped with plans for a future church plant.

David Westfall

David WestfallDavid, from Naperville, Illinois, is a double-major in Classical Studies & Greek.  Here’s what he says: I plan to go to seminary after college, and eventually to pursue doctoral studies in New Testament. I want to be a pastor, a teacher, and a writer.  I'm excited for any opportunity to preach the gospel and minister to the needs of others--whether it's a need for love, friendship, faith, or food and clothing. I've been involved in Young Life ministry with high school students for the past few years, and now work with the junior high school program, Wyldlife. The Jubilee Fellows program is such an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to apply the lessons I've learned in a church setting.

Summer internship placement: David served St. James Anglican Church of Newport Beach, California. David participated in worship services, weddings and funerals. He gained pastoral care experience through nursing home and retirement community ministries. He participated in the daily administration of the church, attending meetings, researching for sermons, and attending pastoral conferences. David was also given the gift of the opportunity to preach several times, teach a three-week series and lead a Bible study, which he enjoyed immensely.