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Jubilee Fellows serve for 10 weeks during the summer in congregations primarily in Michigan. We match students with the internship sites, taking into consideration the individual interests of the Jubilee Fellows and the needs of the churches. Their internship responsibilities can include:

  • planning summer programs or outreach efforts
  • preaching
  • teaching adult education, Sunday school, or small groups
  • making pastoral care visits
  • planning and leading worship

A pastor or other full-time staff member from each church commits to mentoring the student, encouraging his or her personal, professional and spiritual growth. The summer internships are often the highlight of the Jubilee Fellows' experience. "I feel much more prepared for ministry. This is a great experience for anybody who wants more experience volunteering in the church," commented former Jubilee Fellow Sarah Barney,  "Everybody can serve and everybody should serve in some capacity."

Summer internship placements

We work closely with each student to learn about his or her vocational goals. The final decision for internship placement is made by the Program Coordinator, but we work together to ensure it is a place where the student will learn, grow, and be challenged and encouraged by his or her experiences.

In the sidebar (right) you'll find a list of the internship sites for the 2023, 2022, and 2021 Fellows. We have a few churches who have hosted students for many years because they provide such an outstanding experience for our Jubilee Fellows; but we are also open to exploring new internship sites each year, based on the interests of our Jubilee Fellows.

Contact us about hosting a Jubilee Fellow

We are always open to connecting with pastors and congregations and exploring internship possibilities. If you are a pastor, or have one you'd recommend, please contact the Program Coordinator, Cindy DeBoer.

2023 Internships

Zander Hartsuff
Christ Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Gloria Hunt
Madison Church-North, Grand Rapids, MI

Graham Kort
Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2022 Internships

Sarah Barney and Elizabeth Boyd
Madison Church-North, Grand Rapids, MI

Matthew Clark
Fuller Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Samuel Fynewever
Tabernacle Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Talisha McCullough
Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

Brianna Nance
Alger Park Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Jonas Tilburt
Lagrave Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Joseph Tuttle
Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Sheila Witvliet
Creston CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

2021 Internships

Kelly Adamovicz and Emma Gordon
Maple Avenue Ministries, Holland, MI

Liz Canfield and Nick Raymond
Pillar Church, Holland, MI

Sarah Gibes
Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

Kristina Rice
Christ Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Kezia Tjahjanto
Pine Rest Christian Mental Heath Services, Grand Rapids, MI

Amy Wagenmaker
South Harbor Church, Byron Center, MI

Catherine Worthington
Servant's Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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