Update from Julianna Whitson:
“I just finished up my first year at Columbia Theological Seminary and it was quite the adventure! It was definitely challenging in every possible way, but I’ve grown in every possible way, too! My favorite courses were Introduction to Worship and Pastoral Care. Because of these classes, I find joy in creating worship services and using liturgy that speak to the whole community—Columbia even sent me to a worship symposium (Teila was there!!) and I had a wonderful experience. This summer I am working as Ferncliff’s on-site Summer Chaplain! I am doing my Advanced Supervised Ministry here where I’ll focus on intentional worship and pastoral care. I’m excited to see what this summer and next year brings!” At the June 2019 meeting of the Presbytery of Arkansas, Julianna was accepted as a Candidate for Ministry.
Julianna (L) and Teila (R)
Update from Teila Creekmore:
“I am halfway done with my Masters of Art in Mission and Discipleship degree! This past year I had the opportunity of being the Food Pantry Developmental Coordinator where each month we fed approximately 1,000 students on campus. I also taught an Undergraduate class to Freshmen, which I will be doing again in the fall! Additionally, I have been really involved with the campus ministry located at the University of Dubuque and have had the privilege of leading small groups at retreats and being apart of worship! However, my favorite part of the year has been getting involved with local non-profits, Riverview Center and Waypoint, who are helping those who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is where my passion lies and I am just so excited to be able to intern/volunteer with these organizations!”
Elizabeth Schierschmidt finished her first year well with the distance learning program through University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, balancing life in Northwest Arkansas with three young boys.