Meet the 2015 Jubilee Fellows
Majors: Religion and Chinese; Minor: Church, Society, & Ministry
Ben is from Circle Pines, Minnesota. He currently teaches high school Sunday School at Grand Rapids Chinese Christian Church and leads a small group in the Chinese Young Adult Fellowship at Calvin. He enjoys serving others’ lives of faith through teaching and worshipping. He is excited to serve in the Jubilee Fellows Program to learn more about a pastoral role within Asian American churches.
David comes from Round Lake, Il. He grew up in a military family but they have settled in the Chicago area for the last 9 years. He likes being outside and enjoys golfing and playing games with his friends. With his father being ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and working as a chaplain for the Navy, he has a strong background in the church and hopes to build on it. Following his graduation as a Biology student here at Calvin, David hopes to go to graduate school for Ecosystems Management and at some point down the road hopes return to attend seminary. He is looking forward to learning what it means to be a pastor through the Jubilee Fellows.
Major: Strategic Communications; Minor: Ministry Leadership
Tiaira, from Grand Rapids, MI, has a passion for vibrant, Christ-centered community and a growing wonderment toward pastoral ministry. Tiaira hopes to learn more of what it means to be a disciple of Christ, with an emphasis on acting out the “love your neighbor” commandment and building and nurturing a community where people can be free in Christ.
Majors: Philosophy and Mathematics, Minor: French
Jared is from Grand Junction CO. He loves learning about the world and sharing the knowledge with those around him. He also enjoys playing and listening to music. Through his years at Calvin he has had the opportunity to serve as Barnabas, work in the Service-Learning Center, work at the Calvin Observatory, play guitar in the Jazz Club and he is currently serving as an RA on 1st Bolt. He was inspired to apply for the Jubilee Fellows Program in order to learn more about the Church's everyday activities, its presence in the community and how it then shapes that community. Through the Jubilee Fellows Program he hopes to discern his place in the world and in the church to gain better perspective on what his next step in life should be.
Major: Psychology; Minor: Social Work
Maxine is from Paw Paw, Michigan. She has a huge heart for people and a desire to spread God's love to others. Having worked with adolescents and children for many years in a variety of contexts, she is passionate about being a strong, positive role model for young people who might not otherwise have experienced God's unfailing love and the joy that comes with it. She feels called to use her experience living with depression to raise awareness of mental illness in the church as well as at Calvin. She hopes to gain a better understanding of where God might be calling her in ministry through the Jubilee Fellows program.
Major: Religion, Minor: Ministry Leadership
Chris is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He plays soccer at Calvin and works at the campus coffee shop. His father's side of his family is Jewish, which has prompted him, along with a year spent in New York City at Queens College, to pursue Jewish ministry. He desires very much to learn about the Jewish culture within a believing, Messianic congregation, begin to speak Hebrew, and be mentored in bringing Jews their Savior, Yeshua.
Majors: Writing and Greek
Erin is from Holland, MI. She has been involved in worship in various ways over the past years, from singing and reading in worship to running the projector and the sound board. Between those experiences and her time participating in Calvin Seminary's Facing Your Future program in the summer of 2011, she discovered her love for the church and a desire to determine whether God is calling her to work there. She hopes the Jubilee Fellows program will help her understand how she can best use this love that God has given her to serve Him and His people and that it will broaden her perspective on life in the church.
Grace HaEun Lee
Major: Nursing, Minor: Studio Art
Grace is Korean but grew up mostly in Beijing, China. She has attended various churches growing up because her family was constantly traveling from place to place. She served in children’s worship teams and lead prayer groups at her school. She wants to serve as a missionary in the future and has a heart for young adults. She is looking forward to learn more about church planting and helping churches to grow in a healthy way. She is also excited to learn more about what Bible says about the roles of the church and the ways Jesus raised His disciples. Having lived in more than seven countries, Grace intends to continue travel around the world and see and take part in the big picture that God has in mind.
Kurtis is from the small rural town of Highland, MI, where he has deep roots in his local church congregation. Kurtis enjoys hunting and fishing, playing cards, and helping at his church. Through this program, he is hoping to further discern where God is leading him.
Joel is from Grand Rapids, MI. He is very excited to be a Jubilee fellow and hopes it will help me discern post-graduation options: seminary, higher education, etc. Joel has an interest in young adult ministry, and is looking at chaplaincy as a career option. Apart from schoolwork, he spends time singing, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and goofing around with his friends.
Major: Math & Secondary Education; Minor: Youth Ministry
Hannah is from Caledonia, MI. She desires to join in God's work, serving and ministering to people. She has been actively involved in her church growing up and has worked at a Christian summer camp, Son-Life Camp, as a counselor for the past two summers. These experiences including seeing God work and heal in broken lives have led her to consider a calling to ministry. The Jubilee Program will help her discern where in ministry this will be.
Majors: Religion, Philosophy, & Greek
Klaas is from Grand Rapids and belongs to Neland Avenue CRC. He loves to exercise, go to school, and spend time thinking and talking about theology. Engaging in conversation with people who show passion or curiosity for God’s kingdom is when Klaas especially feels God’s hand guiding him toward an active role in building his kingdom. This role may be pastoral, teaching, or something entirely different. His hope is that through the Jubilee Fellows program he is able to discern God’s often subtle call to him; remaining open to whatever it may be. After graduation, Klaas plans to pursue an M.Div. to set him on a course towards serving the church through teaching.