The Presbytery is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Student Placements in the Ministry and Leadership Program
CEDAR PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Located in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Cedar Park is poised to nurture partnerships with local schools and working professionals to develop new leaders, especially among African American youth. Cedar Park also hosts outreach ministries to meet the physical, spiritual, and social needs of their neighbors. At Cedar Park, among other possibilities, seminarians will bear witness to the good news of Jesus through leadership development initiatives, pastoral care, administration, and engagement with the local community.
Tyler Brinks grew up in Commerce Township, Michigan, and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He graduated with a BA in Business with minors in Communications and American Ethnic Studies. A second-year student at Princeton, Tyler loves running, coffee, and listening to podcasts.
Mariana Thomas was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and received her BA in Cross-Cultural Communication with a minor in History at Hope College. Currently a third-year student at Princeton, Mariana has been an active member of Princeton’s Association of Black Seminarians, including acting as Moderator in 2017-2018 and is an avid traveler.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORRISTOWN: Celebrating nearly 200 years at the corner of Dekalb and Airy streets in the heart of Norristown, First Presbyterian is located in a small, increasingly diverse, and multicultural city outside Philadelphia. Aware of the varied needs in their community, First is exploring new ways of utilizing their resources to reach and serve alongside their neighbors. At FPC, among other possibilities, seminarians will bear witness to the good news of Jesus through hospitality, creative expressions of worship, and outreach to children and youth.
Nii Addo Abrahams is a Missouri native with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Religious Studies. A former childcare director and summer camp staff manager, Nii is passionate about spiritual and leadership development for children, teens, and young adults. He is a second-year M.Div. student at Princeton.
Emmanuel Castillo was born in a small town south of Houston. After undergraduate studies at both Texas A & M and Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Emmanuel is now a second-year student at Princeton.
FOREST GROVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Located in Central Bucks County, Forest Grove is a multi-generational congregation situated amid picturesque farmland and new-home developments. While valuing tradition, Forest Grove also recognizes the need for adaptive ministries that respond to their evolving community and cultural context. At Forest Grove, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness through community formation, outreach to young families, and nurturing neighborhood ministries.
Nate Brantingham has a background in entrepreneurship and ﬁnance with a passion for teaching and startups. He is a published poet and has degrees in software project management and psychology. He currently works remotely as a Chief Financial Data Analyst and has no idea what he wants to do when he “grows up.” Nate is a second-year M.Div. student at Princeton.
Will Myers, originally from the Midwest, graduated from Wartburg College in 2017 with a Bachelors in Peace and Justice Studies. He is in his ﬁrst summer at Princeton Theological Seminary where he is in the Master of Divinity program.