CHURCH ON THE MALL
Situated at a major suburban crossroads, Church on the Mall’s unique location in the Plymouth Meeting Mall enables the congregation to explore diverse ministry possibilities. Finding unity in a shared desire to serve Jesus Christ, this church values hospitality and care for one another and their neighbors. At Church on the Mall, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness through intentional community formation and outreach efforts to youth and young adults.
I’m Anders Edstrom and I am a third year M. Div. student at Princeton Theological Seminary. I am serving through the Ministry and Leadership Incubator and Church on the Mall. I’ve been working on strengthening Church on the Mall’s understanding of mission, helping lead the mission committee. We have worked to create more presence in the organizations we support. We have become a foundational congregation at the Norristown Hospitality Center and we are sponsoring a family of eleven for Christmas through the Colonial Neighborhood Council. Through our mission work we are strengthening our presence in Church on the Mall’s neighborhood.
My name is Andrew McGibbon, second year student at Princeton Theological Seminary and participant in the Ministry Leadership Incubator Program of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. I am currently working on Youth Ministry at Church on the Mall located at Plymouth Meeting, PA. The name of our group is Squad 4, the Super Sunday School Study where the “Bible Comes to Life.” Every Sunday, after the worship service, I gather with elementary and middle school aged students to creatively investigate the concepts of the Bible through arts and crafts, skits or ball activities that engage different aspects of their learning senses
IVYLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Located in Bucks County, Ivyland has been at the heart of the religious, civic, and cultural life of the community almost from its inception. While honoring their Reformed heritage, they continue to seek creative responses to contemporary issues. At Ivyland, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness through the arts and Christian education initiatives.
Christina Hallam: One part Michigander and one part Kansan, Christina is a second-year student at Princeton. Christina is passionate about the intersections of Church, art, environmentalism, and social justice. Christina is also involved with women, gender, and LGBTQ activism and interfaith relations on PTS campus and surrounding community.
Eric Lange: Originally from Indianapolis, Eric worked in not-for-profit management before seminary. A third-year student at Princeton, Eric is married with two young kids and pursuing pastoral ministry after graduation. Eric is also a ruling elder at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in the Whitewater Valley Presbytery (central Indiana).
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF OLNEY
Organized in 1898, First Presbyterian Church of Olney has over 100 years of ministry in Northwest Philadelphia. Located within a multicultural, working-class, urban neighborhood, the congregation is committed to worship, education, and new approaches to ministry in their context. At Olney, seminarians will bear witness to the good news of Jesus through, among other ministry possibilities, social advocacy efforts, youth and young adult ministry, and engagement with local neighbors.
Mat Bowen: Born in Texas, Mat spent his childhood moving across several states. Through his journey, Mat developed a deep love for people of all backgrounds and personalities. Mat is a second-year student at Princeton with a passion for creating sustainable ministry models relevant to the communities they serve.
Romee St. John: Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Romee is a second-year student at Princeton. With a passion for both healing ministry and social justice, Romee has a background in leadership alongside people experiencing homelessness, youth, and young adults.