This semester, theHeart is blessed with the opportunity to help cultivate the identities of nine young college-age students as members of the body of Christ. We'll be taking a journey of self-discovery and faith together. Meet our interns here.
By offering an internship, theHeart is committed to fostering the growth of Christian leaders through God’s ministry of reconciliation to himself, ourselves, and each other.
In just two years, theInternship has proven to be an incredibly fulfilling and edifying experience for our interns as well as our church staff and family. Sharing office space, dining tables, and living rooms has made it possible for all of us to create and nurture loving relationships of trust and support with each other.
“I want to give back to those who have given so much.” Kendall Whortan, returning intern
First-year interns spend 10-15 unpaid hours a week participating in spiritual development, social engagements, and service opportunities. This culminates in a group project that encourages teams to create and organize ministry initiatives of their own design. This semester we have four first-year interns joining us.
Susanna Anderson is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is majoring in Child Development because of her heart-felt love for children. After graduation, Susanna plans to become a Child Life Specialist and work with kids in the hospital. Susanna's older sister introduced her to theHeart her freshman year of college, and she became an intern to better understand how this church takes a simple approach to reconciling people to God and each other through Christ's Love. She is excited to learn about the specific responsibilities of each role in the church.
Kemp Kornegay is from Pleasant Grove, North Carolina, and he has been attending theHeart since his freshman year of college. He is passionate about music and worship. Kemp started playing piano at the age of eight and began leading worship at fourteen. After a time of intentional rest, he is happy to be at theHeart participating in the worship during our Sunday Gatherings. Kemp looks forward to learning more about God’s Word and the people of theHeart this semester.
Mikayla Brown has been singing in church since she was eleven-years-old. She knew at the age of twelve worship ministry was her calling. Since then, she has worked as a worship leader at her home church. Once she came to Boone, she wanted to find a way to serve in a church. She found theHeart and applied for theInternship. She is a senior, on pace to graduate this year with an interdisciplinary degree in Creative Writing and Music. She is excited to grow in wisdom and knowledge at theHeart as an intern and as a worship leader.
Natalie Brown is a senior majoring in Business. She is from Wilmington, North Carolina. Natalie found theHeart during her junior year of college. Her passion lies in prison reformation, and after college, she hopes to start a non-profit to help prisoners recover and start fresh once out of prison. She is excited to make new friends and cultivate deeper relationships with those in the High Country. She loves how theHeart “feels like home,” and her hope with this internship is to grow in her faith as well as her friendships.
Returning interns apply to partner up with staff leadership to help support and grow those respective disciplines within theHeart. Their experience allows for self-guided spiritual development, social engagements, service opportunities, and participation in the life of the church. This semester we have five returning interns joining us.
John Caldwell is from High Point, North Carolina. He is a junior at Appalachian State, majoring in Social Work. He found theHeart through his friend and former intern, Matthew Wilson. Since his freshman year of college, he has been involved with the youth group. This is his second semester as an intern where he will be working with Hannah Siegel and Youth Pastor, Ethan Hardin in Kids Ministry. He is excited to continue working with the youth group by planning events that provide avenues for everyone to grow closer to the Lord and to each other.
Grace King is from Dunn, North Carolina. This is her second semester as an intern with The Heart. She is working with Pastor, Josh Anderson, focusing on how to use digital media to share the stories of those within our growing and diverse church family. She found theHeart after church-hopping her sophomore year of college. Grace enjoyed growing in worship and in knowledge about the Bible during her first internship. She is excited to establish deeper connections with people and share their stories throughout this semester.
Hannah Siegel has interned with The Heart for three semesters. She is from Apex, North Carolina, majoring in Art Education. Hannah has a heart for ministry and hopes to share Jesus’ word around the world once she graduates college. This summer, she took a trip to South Africa where she grew in her faith and ability to love. She is excited to implement the lessons she learned over the summer during her internship this semester. She is working alongside Youth Pastor, Ethan Hardin and John Caldwell with Kids’ Ministry. Her desire this semester is to develop deeper friendships with those in the youth group.
Fourth-time intern, Kendall Whortan, is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After her senior year, she plans to work as an Aquatic Director. She describes theHeart as her “first home church.” Her passion to help others has led her to relational care, where she has been working with Pastor Graham. She has loved getting to know and work with the people within theHeart church family.
theInternship is a 13-week discipleship opportunity for young adults/college-aged students who want to develop as Christ followers and Christian leaders. It is a commitment to enter into deeper service, study, and church life. theInternship will take the shape of the giftings of the theInterns, but will also stretch and grow them beyond their areas of familiarity in church life. Applications for Spring Semester 2018 will be coming soon. Watch for more information.