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Devotional writing is vital to the spiritual growth and health of Christians in our scattered and busy culture. But few ministry students receive specific training or practical experience in devotional writing.
Student Writers Month is an emphasis month in which we seek to publish devotional writings from students who are called to ministry and pursuing ministry-related degree programs. Students who submit to the program will have the benefit of online publication in a ministry reaching 3000 readers per month and the experience of working with a seasoned writer and editor to improve and focus their writing.
To be eligible, an individual must be pursuing a ministry-focused degree at an accredited institution of higher learning. For example, pastoral care, music, communication, theology, biblical studies, missiology, etc.
How to Apply
Interested students should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No resume is required but students should include a brief bio, with details of their call to ministry, degree program, theological institution, and at least one professor’s contact information for reference. Students should also include a writing sample.
For more detailed information please see our information sheet published in GoogleDocs.
2020 Student Writers Month Profiles
Below are the profiles of our 2020 group of student writers.
We are happy to welcome the following ministry-focused college and seminary students from around the country to write in June of 2020 for The Park Forum. Each of them is pursuing a career in ministry and received free coaching on their writing as a part of the program.
From sophomore undergrads to doctoral students and from the southern fringes of Texas to the cooler climes of Connecticut, the students you will hear from are a testament to their generations and to their institutions of learning. May you be blessed by their words.
Philip Cox — Charles Sturt University
Originally from Nashville, TN, Philip spent more than a decade touring as a freelance drummer for Christian and Country music artists. In 2016 he moved to Brisbane, Australia with his wife and children and is now an avid student of biblical studies, with a particular focus on biblical Hebrew and Hebrew narrative. Philip is also the founder of The Inside Job, where, as a Spiritual Director, he helps men explore the intersections of work, family, sexuality, spiritual practice, and faith. Philip is a part of a small, Aboriginal faith-community in North Brisbane called, dhiiyaan, which means “family” in the Gamilaraay language.
To contact Philip or to find out more about his work, visit: www.theinsidejob.com.au
Publishing Date: July 1, 2020
Joshua B. Fikkert — Covenant Theological Seminary
Joshua B. Fikkert is a graduate of Covenant College with a degree in Community Development and Philosophy/Religion. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree online from Covenant Theological Seminary along with his wife, Morgan. Joshua and Morgan currently live and work in Memphis, TN, where they are members at Downtown Church.
Publishing Date: June 5, 16, and 18, 2020
Morgan J. Fikkert — Covenant Theological Seminary
Morgan Fikkert is a graduate from Covenant College (BA, Community Development), and she is pursuing her M.Div at Covenant Theological Seminary. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and at various nonprofits aimed at poverty alleviation in the U.S. Morgan, her husband Josh, and their one-eyed dog Penny live in Memphis, TN, where they are members at Downtown Church. You can find them playing sports, making delicious food in their tiny kitchen, and hanging out with friends and neighbors.
Publishing Date: June 17 and 19, 2020
Meghan Hendrickson — George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Meghan Hendrickson is pursuing her Master of Divinity in Theology at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. Upon graduation in August 2020, Meghan hopes to serve as a discipleship pastor. Having served in gospel ministry for a dozen years, Meghan feels called to use writing and preaching to inspire the church to love God with everything she’s got and shine bright his light in the darkness.
Meghan’s background includes writing for Baylor University’s campus newspaper and the International Mission Board’s Global Communication Team in South Africa. Meghan participated in the International Mission Board’s Journeyman program serving as a university ministry catalyst in the Netherlands. Meghan helped pioneer a campus ministry at Texas A&M University with the Center for Mission Mobilization. Meghan has served on staff for three different youth ministries. To read more from Meghan, visit www.meghanhendrickson.wordpress.com.
Publishing Date: June 11 and 26, 2020
Carolyn Soto Jackson — George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Carolyn is a photographer, writer, speaker, and music assistant. Carolyn graduated from the University of Houston in 2008 and recently began her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Baylor University.
For the last fifteen years, Carolyn has been a photographer for one of the most prestigious studios in Houston. Carolyn has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, photographing some of the Who’s Who of Texas. In September 2019, the photography company retired, and Carolyn began her full-time ministerial work at Tallowood Baptist Church.
Carolyn married her husband Daniel in October 2016 and later adopted their witty dog named Moose. Carolyn is a high-energy adventurer who is passionate about Jesus. In her free time, you can find her gardening, running, or cycling. Carolyn enjoys writing as her favorite form of worship and is honored to serve the Lord by sharing what God has put on her heart.
Publishing Date: June 9 and 30, 2020
Leah Jarvis — Abilene Christian University
Leah is currently studying Bible and English at Abilene Christian University and loves every second she spends there, in class or out of it. Entering her second year as a resident assistant and first year as chaplain for her social club, her great joys come from sharing cups of coffee and good movies with those around her. She attends Highland Church of Christ in Abilene.
Publishing Date: June 12, 2020
Erin Newton — B. H. Carroll Theological Institute
Erin Newton is a graduate student at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute in the Master of Arts (Theology) program. She plans on pursuing a doctoral degree and teaching courses in Old Testament and Biblical Languages. She teaches various Bible classes for the women’s ministry in her local church in Denton, TX. Along with spending time with her husband and four children, she enjoys camping and being outdoors.
Publishing Date: June 4 and 15, 2020
Sylvester Ngonga — Hardin Simmons University
“Sylvester Ngonga is a graduate fellow at Hardin Simmons University. He has previously served as a Corrections Chaplain and is now pursuing his Master of Divinity at Logsdon Seminary, Hardin Simmons University in preparation for Global Missions. He will be transferring to Gardner Webb University in the summer. He is the author of two books: Labyrinths of Corrections and The Liberating Gospel of Jesus. He has also been a blog writer for the last 2 years for LTEconomy blog, a global platform that creates environmental awareness with a keen interest in inclusive prosperity. He is married and a thankful father of three who has a passion for sharing the richness of God’s word with humanity.
Publishing Date: June 3, 2020
Dennis Nicholson — Liberty University
Dennis Nicholson is an undergraduate student and aspiring apologist studying mathematics and theology at Liberty University. When he’s not putting off his calculus homework or thinking about sacramental theology, he spends his time reading, retweeting, and reflecting on how, exactly, the two parts of his degree are supposed to relate.
Publishing Date: June 8 and 29, 2020
Vienna Scott — Yale University
Vienna Scott is a Junior at Yale University studying Religious Studies and Political Science. She is the Executive Editor for the Yale Logos, debates with the Yale Political Union, and enjoys fellowship-ing with Christian Union. She has published articles in the Yale Logos and The Politic. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Children’s ministries, teaching math, and hiking.
Publishing Date: Jun 23 and 25, 2020
Tori Sherman — Logsdon Seminary
Tori Sherman is a Youth Pastor at a local church. She is married to Jonathon Sherman, and they have two dogs, Muffy and Sophie. Tori was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent most of her youth in Corpus Christi, Texas. In May of 2017 she graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Tori is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Logsdon Seminary. In her spare time she loves to go to the beach, travel, and spend time outdoors. She also enjoys music and spending time with friends and family.
Publishing Date: June 24, 2020
Grace Sosa — Logsdon Seminary
Grace graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with her B.A. in English Education. She will be transferring to Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology this summer. Grace is currently an Inquirer in the PCUSA ordination process. She enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with friends. Grace is married to Carlo Sosa-Ortiz, who is also a seminary student and an Inquirer in the Presbyterian Church.
Publishing Date: June 2, 2020
Allison Tinsley — George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Allison grew up in Houston, Texas for the most part. Her dad works for an oil company and was transferred at times, so she has also lived in Louisiana, Canada, and Dallas, Texas where her parents live now. Allison started undergraduate school at Baylor in 2014 and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Church Music, and she loved it so much that she decided to stay!
Allison is currently finishing up her second year as a graduate student in the duel-degree program pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Truett Seminary and a Masters of Music in the Baylor music school. She serves as the minister of music at a small church in Waco. In her free time, Allison enjoys writing, playing piano, painting, playing with her dog, and taking care of her fish.
Publishing Date: June 10 and 22, 2020