2020-2021 Ministry and Leadership Incubator Placements
In a time such as this, we are especially grateful for these four Princeton seminarians who will serve alongside our congregations as a part of the Ministry and Leadership Incubator. This year’s field education will especially explore the intersection of ministry in this digital age, discerning new possibilities to foster formative community, extend pastoral care, innovate in worship, and creatively bear witness to the gospel in their unique contexts. We invite you to pray for these seminarians, their supervising pastors, and the congregations who will host their passions for ministry.
Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church , Rev. Anna Grant Borden, Pastor
Reni John is in her second year as an MDiv candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary with interests in spiritual formation and congregational development. Prior to beginning her studies at PTS, Reni lived in India and worked across Southern Asia to develop products and programs for churches to use in their evangelism ministry to children and youth. A New Jersey native and graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, she has traveled to more than 25 countries across five continents to learn from and empower the local church.
East Falls Presbyterian Church, Rev. Kari Olson, Pastor
Beth Putney is a second-year MDiv/MACEF student at Princeton Theological Seminarywith an emphasis in youth ministry and an inquirer for ordination within the Presbytery of the Cascades. Beth graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 2016, having studied literature, fiction writing, and biblical/ancient studies. Beth is originally from the Pacific Northwest and loves the rain, hiking with her dogs, and a good cup of coffee.
The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, Pastor
Carlos Acosta discerned a pastoral calling on his life at the age of fourteen. After devotedly serving his home church in Carson, CA for over eight years, he decided it was time to take a step of faith and attend seminary. Carlos is now a second-year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Carlos also earned a B.A. in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is more than excited to be interning at the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run this fall.
Yujin Chu is a second year MDiv student with a deep interest in children’s ministry along with young adults ministry. He loves to see the smile on the children’s faces, but what really energizes him is the administrative side of ministry. As a former business major, Yujin was always interested in business and the administrative parts of the church fits right it. He has always wondered what keeps the church afloat? How does it raise money and how does it decide to spend money. Yujin currently lives in La Canada, which is a small suburb in the Greater Los Angeles county. His Korean heritage is huge part of who he is, “As a Korean, I have heart for the culture and respect plays a huge role in it. In my ministry I strive to be respectful to all people. I want to respect their thoughts and never want to push them aside as if they insignificant. This also plays a huge role in the respect I give to my elders and senior pastors. But I don’t want to just show respect to my elders but strive to respect everyone whether it is clergy or laity. Thank you looking forward to serving.”