Celebrating our 2012-13 ABSW Student Interns
Beginning with summer 2012 and through the fall and spring semesters, Director of Contextual Education and Associate Professor of Ministry, Dr. Nancy Hall, has worked with ten student ministry interns during this academic year. Some have already completed their work; others will wrap up their assignments this month. These are students in both the Masters in Community Leadership and the Master of Divinity degree programs. All have done outstanding work in a wide variety of ministry sites, typical of ABSW’s commitment to diversity both in contextual education and throughout our curriculum.
Clanci Cochran completed her two–semester MCL internship last August at City Year Sacramento, working as Regional Admissions Manager West Coast under the supervision of Anton Taylor, Regional Director, Diversity Recruitment West Coast. City Year, a nation-wide program, is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of fulltime service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. [www.cityyear.org/sacramento.aspx ](Photo: Dr. Nancy Hall, Clanci, and Anton).
Anita Latin focused her two-semester internship on the founding and building of her own non-profit organization in San Francisco, OVL Foundation. Initially, OVL will be reaching out via Abba House, providing transitional housing for single mothers ages 18 to 20. Other programs will be developed in the future. Anita’s internship supervisor was Rev. Dr. Brenda Goudeaux, co-founding pastor of Calvary Christian Center, Sacramento. Anita began her ABSW Doctor of Ministry program this past January. [www.ovlfoundation.org]
Byung-Hwoon Lee arrived from Korea in 2011 and completed his MCL internship in December 2012, serving at Oakland Korean United Methodist Church. He ministered to the young adult group and also worked on writing a centennial history of the congregation. Rev. Kang−Won Lee is the senior pastor of the church and served as Hwoon’s supervisor. Hwoon began ABSW Doctor of Ministry degree coursework this January.
Paulette Anthony undertook an extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from October to February at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for her MCL internship. She provided spiritual care to families, patients, and staff in adult intensive care, oncology, and general medicine. Her ACPE Associate Supervisor was Allison Kestenbaum.
Ron Cole served during the fall semester with Dr. Ronald Burris, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Richmond. He has continued his MCL internship year this spring by ministering with the visitation team to sick and shut-ins at Allen Temple Baptist Church, working with supervisors Rev. Olu Bereola and Rev. Jessie Land.
Sandol Lee serves as an associate minister at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church, conducting weekday early morning services, leading the singles ministry, and working with the praise band. He will complete his MCL internship this spring, under the supervision of Rev. Jason Jeon, senior pastor of the church.
Three Master of Divinity students will complete their Middler Colloquium coursework and internships this month.
Photo: Elder Virgil Childs and ABSW Students Elder Loretta Belton (front), Rev. John Adams and Rev. Yvonne Adcock (back)
John Adams is the Supply Pastor at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Oakland, carrying out a full range of ministerial duties during his internship year. He is being supervised by Rev. Sonia Coleman (MDiv 2009). As John began his pastorate he was also mentored by the late Rev. Dr. R. Thomas Coleman, who passed away in October.
Yvonne Adcock’s internship site has been Balsam House in Oakland, a non–profit residential home for women in transition that Yvonne founded and runs. Her supervisor this year has been Ms. Barbara McDavid of Parks Chapel AME, Oakland.
Loretta Belton, an elder in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, has served her internship this year at Market Street SDA Church in Oakland. Her supervisor is the pastor of the church, Elder Virgil Childs, who also serves as Coordinator of African American Ministries for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
Contextual education is at the heart of ABSW’s innovative curriculum. As one group of students completes their year of supervised internship, junior year students at ABSW are working with Dr. Hall this spring to finalize their MDiv and MCL placements for 2013–14.