Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Jubilee Fellows: Current Jubilee Fellows

Meet the 2014 Jubilee Fellows

2014 Jubilee Fellows

Joel Altena

Major: IDIS: Music, Communication, and Congregational & Ministry Studies with a minor in Architecture
Internship: Healdsburg Community Church in Healdsburg, CA.

Joel AltenaJoel is from Grand Rapids, MI. He currently serves as the Elder for Worship at his home church, Shawnee Park CRC.  Joel grew up there leading worship, playing guitar and singing; and he served on the Worship Planning Committee through high school and college.  Joel loves serving Shawnee Park, but considers this program a chance to widen his understanding of the church, the world, and what God is doing to bring His kingdom here on earth.  He plans to take what he learns through the program and apply it back to his church community.

Jonathan Bosma

Major: Economics, Pre-Seminary Program, Minors: Youth Ministry and Greek
Internship: Bellevue Christian Reformed Church in Bellevue, WA.

Jonathan BosmaJonathan comes from the Holland/Zeeland, MI area. He enjoys being active and outside, and especially enjoys a good game of Ultimate (Frisbee) or baseball.  Having grown up in the church and youth group, Jonathan has developed a desire to be part of these, following his graduation from Calvin College and seminary.  He is excited to serve as a Jubilee Fellow, to learn more about a pastoral role within the church, and to gain experience as an intentional member of the church.

Shane Brandsen

Major: Religion, Minors: Music in Worship and Church, Society, & Ministry
Internship: Granite Springs Church in Lincoln, CA.
Shane BrandsenShane is from Holland, MI.  He has been able to engage and grow in his passion for the church at Encounter Church the past three years, as he has been involved heavily as a worship leader and participant of the church. This has fueled his passion for exploring worship as a whole, youth participation in church, and more overall spiritual growth and inter-generational involvement in growing together. He is excited to continue exploring these aspects and more of what it means to be and to do church.

Maria Cupery

Major: Linguistics (Spanish and Arabic)
Internship: LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, IL.

Maria CuperyMaria was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. She hopes to return to the Middle East to do translation work.  At Calvin, she serves as an RA for Grassroots, an intentional living-learning community centered on issues of racism and multiculturalism.  This, along with having grown up in a very small church in Istanbul, has contributed to her interest in community-centered ministry.  She hopes to work with cross-cultural churches creating programs that foster discipleship and community.  Maria is especially interested in looking at the disciplines which help church members to grow together in their faith.

Lyndsay DeGroot

Major: Nursing
Internship: CrossWay Church in Vancouver, WA.

Lyndsay DeGrootLyndsay is from Niwot, CO.  During her time at Calvin, she has participated in Women’s Chorale, the Barnabas program, and Project Neighborhood.  Her time at Calvin has shaped her, challenged her, and continues to teach her to see God in the simple beauty of the everyday. Lyndsay is a Nursing student grappling with the brokenness, suffering, and pain in this city, but, even more so, the incredible height, depth, width, and strength of God’s extravagant love and grace. Lyndsay is excited to learn how to nurture Christ-centered community inside and outside of the church walls. She hopes to learn more about the role of the church as a community, a beacon of God’s light, and a tangible picture of the Kingdom of God.

Claire Dornbush

Major: History, Minors: Religion and Church, Society & Ministry
Internship: Healdsburg Community Church in Healdsburg, CA.

Claire DornbushClaire is from Zeeland, MI.  She enjoys being outdoors and experiencing God’s creation through backpacking, hiking, and camping whenever possible.  She currently lives in Project Neighborhood, and is learning what it means to be in an intentional Christian living community.  After being involved with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks for the past two summers, Claire has begun to embrace the call to ministry, where she feels God is pointing her.  Through the program, she hopes to gain a greater sense of where God is calling her in ministry, whether to a pastoral position or a supporting role in the life of the church.  She also hopes to learn from both the mentors in the spring class and the mentors in her internship what it means to be the Church in our 21st Century context.

Grace Kim

Majors: English Linguistics, Spanish, IDIS: Speech Pathology, Sociology, and Psychology), Minor: Youth Ministry
Internship: Rosewood Church in Bellflower, CA.

Grace KimGrace is from San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to the D.R. when she was young with her missionary parents.  She served alongside them helping with Sunday school and worship; and she experienced incomparable joy in doing God’s work with children and youth.  Being immersed in Latin culture, she became passionate about diversity and embracing multiple cultures.  Grace is interested in ministry work for third culture kids, missionary kids, and immigrant families; and she would like to work in language education for people in a multilingual environment, particularly by helping missionaries with their language acquisition and translation. Through the program, she aspires to experience ministry and discern God’s plan for her.

Kyle Luck

Majors: Religion and Philosophy
Internship: St. Margaret's Anglican Church in Winnipeg, MB.

Kyle LuckKyle is from Sturgis, Michigan; and he loves Jesus. His particular academic interests include theological ethics, political theory, philosophy of language, and postmodern philosophy.  This fall, he studied Religion and Greek at the University of Oxford.  He is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a Jubilee Fellow, and for belonging to a community that knows his vocation cannot be rightly decided without the help of others.  Throughout the program, he is eager to explore the relationship between the church and the world from a ministerial perspective; and he hopes to get a better handle on where he belongs denominationally.  Kyle plans to pursue an M.Div. in order to teach, write, and serve the church in some capacity.

Kyle was interviewed for the "We Are Calvin" campaign during his internship. Read his thoughts on his time in Winnipeg.

Erik Newhouse

Majors: Strategic Communications, Minors: Environmental Studies and English.
Internship: Ideal Park Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, MI.

Erik NewhouseErik is from Grand Junction, CO. He gets jazzed when he gets to learn something new while sharing the experience with others – which could include anything from outdoor recreation to art, or simply a cup of chai. Erik has had the opportunity to serve as a counselor at a Christian outdoor challenge camp, as a Resident Assistant at Calvin, and as a Youth Ministry intern at a church; and he desires to continue the pursuit of relational ministry.  As he is presented with new perspectives on this wondrous and broken world, he desires to learn where he may best serve with the gifts God has given him. The Jubilee Fellows program will provide the opportunity to learn and grow as a leader in the faith while answering God’s call to service.

Christina Pickett

Major: Psychology, Minor: Religion
Internship: Grace North Atlanta Church in Alpharetta, GA.

Christina PickettChristina is from Northern California.  She feels an intense passion for people and a desire to pour Christ’s love and healing into the lives of others.  She senses that God’s calling on her life is to spread His love and healing to those who do not believe they are loved or who are not loved in the way that they need.  As an RA on First Kalsbeek this year, God is using her in ways that bring glory to Him.  Christina desires knowledge and a closer relationship with Christ, and she also loves close relationships and deep conversations with others.  Having not grown up going to church, there are many things she has questions about.  She wants to see what it would be like to work in the church, because she senses God is calling her ministry, but doesn’t quite know where.  This program will help her explore her calling to ministry.

Jeremy Smith

Major: Strategic Communications
Internship: Dwell Church in New York City, NY.

Jeremy SmithJeremy is from Grand Rapids, MI.  During his time at Calvin, he has served in various positions that allow him to use his passions for meeting new people and building relationships.  In the classroom, he’s been swept away by courses and thoughts regarding gender studies and popular culture.  Currently, Jeremy is discerning a call to pastoral leadership.  He has a desire to see the church body unified and active across various lines of division (denomination, race, culture, etc.), having unity in the diversity on a foundation for Christ.  He is passionate about seeing young people, in particular, inspired out of fear and into their God-given dreams.  He is developing the skills necessary to play a significant role in the lives of those near to him, is developing his gift for speech and leadership, and is preparing himself for seminary through Greek studies.  Jeremy wants to grow in his ability to trust God as He leads, and Jeremy will relish the fact that God will be there every step of the way, enabling, equipping and guiding him.