Throughout the year, we welcome a handful of pastoral and farm interns to work with us. These folks represent a diversity of interests, and we believe that the dialogue that emerges from their work together enriches our farm and community life. In the past, some of our interns have even chosen to remain with us for extended periods. For our interns, food, room, and board are provided through the recent renovation and establishment of Berea Commons, a three-bedroom community apartment residing on our property.
We accept applications for the internship program throughout the year. To request more information or to apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a second-year M.Div. student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. I worked at Berea/Oakleaf this summer as part of a Jack Boozer Fellowship from Emory’s Center for Ethics. The fellowship is oriented towards “social ethics and community service,” and it emphasizes “community-based, grass-roots activism.” I am now serving as a pastoral intern through the Contextual Education II program at Candler School of Theology. I think the land we have and the food we grow can allow us to impact this neighborhood for the better, and I very much want to partner with this congregation as it moves forward into this exciting new time.
Born and raised a Southern boy, I hail from the great city of Memphis, TN. However, the Delta region of Mississippi also holds a special place in my heart as the homeland of my family roots, and its influence on my personal and spiritual development is ever-present. I studied religion and sociology at Samford University in Birmingham, AL before moving to Atlanta in the Fall of 2012 to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. At Candler, I am in the concentration program in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation, and I am also pursuing joint certificates in Religious Education and Human Rights. I am particularly interested in the intersection between in peace building, working with the earth, and interfaith dialogue. Here at Berea, I serve as a Contextual Education intern, direct the Peace and Carrots Camp, and minister as a Lay Elder. It’s energizing to be in a place that holds the language of theology, pacifism, and sustainable farming in such rich dialogue!
Born in the Philippines, but raised in Chicago, Illinois, I find myself asking why have I moved to Atlanta. Before this crazy adventure, I was playing and joking with seniors with dementia. Well, now I am studying at Candler School of Theology for a Masters of Divinity degree. Secondly, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about animals and organic farming at Oakleaf Mennonite Farm. It surely has brought some unexpected joys and muscles, as I move and feed the sheep, tend to the goats, paint welcoming signs for the church and many other fulfilling tasks. Our sheep family keeps expanding as they have given birth to four new lambs. You can always find me smiling, as I carry a bucket of water for the sheep to drink. Everyday, there is always something to be done at the farm and it feels great to work the Earth and see everything grow. And that my friends, is how I have progressed and matured at Berea Mennonite Church and Oakleaf Mennonite Farm.