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Jubilee Fellows serve across North America

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 ready for ministry now than I did at the beginning of this internship," commented former Jubilee Fellow Sarah Stripp. "I gained a lot of skills and insights throughout this summer that have deepened my understanding of what ministry is like."

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 2019, 2020 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.

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

2020 Internships

Benjamin Bontrager
River Terrace CRC, East Lansing, MI

Abby Brower and Kendall Christian
Madison Church North, Grand Rapids, MI

Katie Haan
Sherman Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Jose Suarez
Shoulder to Shoulder and Resonate Global Mission, Grand Rapids, MI

Pisudtiporn (Paula) Tangsirisatian
Race Relations, Chr. Ref. Church North America, Grand Rapids, MI

Sidney Tonkin
Esther House, Open Door Ministries, Denver, CO

David van Dokkumburg
First Hamilton CRC, Hamilton, ON

Benjamin Van Haitsma
Olympia CRC, Olympia, WA

Janelle Veldhuizen
Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

James Webb
Lagrave Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

2019 Internships

Dianne Cayetano & Abigail Lutz
Spirit and Truth Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA.

Hannah Cockrill
Orchard Hills Church, Grand Rapids, MI.

Aracelli Eikenberry & Grant Mensonides
Bluff City Church, Memphis, TN.

Lyric Floria
Healdsburg Community Church, Healdsburg, CA

Tanner Huizenga
Beechwood Reformed Church, Holland, MI

Carlos Lemagne
Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Lillie Spackman
Parklane Church, Portland, OR.

Saara Spitzer
Granite Springs Church, Lincoln, CA.

Ben VanderWindt
City Grace Church, New York, NY.

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