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Suzanne Goodale, '19

Grace French

Luke Atherton, '18

Ryan Tjelle, '18

Meghan Long, '19

Profiles of Whitworth Summer Fellows and Their 2016 Ministry Work

  1. Suzanne Goodale, '19, a communication major, was a fellow at the Union Gospel Mission Camp, where she worked as a challenge-course facilitator and program staff member. The UGM Camp, in Ford, Wash., serves primarily at-risk children from the Inland Northwest. Suzanne was able to minister in powerful ways and to lovingly speak truth to and walk alongside kids who have experienced great hardship.
  2. Grace French, a senior theology major, participated in the Summer Fellowship Program for the second time. During summer 2016, Grace served as a pastoral fellow in rural Scotland, where she experienced the breadth of the pastoral vocation.
  3. Luke Atherton, '18, a political-science major, served in the Greater Anchorage, Alaska, area, where he ministered to local and indigenous youth. Luke, along with two other fellows, helped run a youth group and facilitated a number of challenging outdoor trips.
  4. Ryan Tjelle, '18, a speech-communication major, served with the 90+ Project, a new non-profit organization that runs soccer camps, clinics and leadership programs for under-resourced and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. Ryan helped facilitate numerous camps, and he developed a leadership and training curriculum for the children.
  5. Meghan Long, '19, an elementary-education major, worked in youth ministry at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash. Among her many duties, Meghan served the local youth through outreach programs, and she led worship on a regular basis. The summer was both challenging and enriching in her development as a leader

To learn more about the Summer Fellowship Program and to view additional student stories, visit www.whitworth.edu/administration/churchengagement/summer-fellowship-program.