2010 Scholarship Recipients

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Presidential Scholars

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Samuel Cocar

MDiv 

After fleeing a communist regime in Romania that was crushing Evangelical Christianity, Samuel Cocar’s family settled in Chicago and Samuel was born shortly thereafter. This heritage of Evangelicalism in the face of persecution is deep-rooted within Samuel.

Samuel attended Trinity International University, and God’s will became clearer as Samuel discerned a distinct call to pastoral ministry. He is currently serving as a youth minister at First Baptist Church of McHenry, and hopes to one day serve as the head pastor of a church, as well as undertake missions work overseas.

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Ivan Hartsfield

MDiv

In 2005 Ivan Hartsfield embarked on a 40-day fast desperate for God to do something for him; instead He did something in him. In the midst of financial storms and health crises, the Lord provided faithfully and delivered miraculously.

Ivan founded Faith Covenant Fellowship Ministries, and feels called to bring renewal to the Church by restoring brokenness and leading others to the power of the Word of God. Ivan shares that “Northern will be an instrumental part in the formation of what the Lord has birthed in me, and I believe that the time is now.”

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Tiffiney Hill

MDiv

At twenty-three years old, Tiffiney Hill experienced a tragedy that would forever change her heart and her life. God stepped in when she was at the end of her rope, and she willingly gave her life to Christ and to His ministry.

Tiffiney started Gospel Street Ministry, which seeks to follow Mark 16:15’s call to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” She and her partners at Gospel Street Ministry are bringing good news in a variety of ways, and Tiffiney knows that furthering her education at Northern will become an integral part of serving her community through her ministry.

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Erik Kamp

MDiv

While working as a carpenter, a personal banker, and later an EMT, Erik Kamp always had a desire to help people and build relationships. He was able to do that through his various careers, but also felt the Lord calling him into full time ministry.

Erik knows that loving and being loved by God has radically changed his life. Recognizing the renewed relationship he now has with the Lord has caused Erik to want to share that relationship through pastoral care and youth ministry.

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John Ball

MDiv

At the age of fourteen on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico, John first felt God inviting him to be a part of His Kingdom work. He found affirmation in his call when he was accepted to the youth ministry program at Judson University. Since then John has had the opportunity to serve God’s people in Northern Ireland and in the Philippines.

He knows that through his seminary education at Northern, he will learn and grow and be challenged in many new ways. John shares that he believes God is calling him back to the foreign mission field. He is excited to deepen his faith walk and learn how to serve others more graciously.

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John Perkins Fellows

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James Brooks

MDiv

James Brooks has no doubt that he has been called to serve in an urban community. James grew up in Chicago’s Lawndale community, where he was surrounded and supported by friends and relatives who encouraged him to follow God’s leading toward ministry.

For awhile he had other plans of becoming an Illinois State Trooper. However, in 1994 James answered the call to ministry and began serving with his father at Harmony Community Baptist Church of Lawndale, where he is now the Pastor. James once read, “The church does not choose its own future. Rather, it is formed in the creative tension between the actuality of the human situation and the intentions of God.” James is serving at the heart of that tension!

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Terence Gadsden

MDiv

Terence Gadsden has been serving as Youth Pastor at Lawndale Community Church in Chicago, Illinois for the past seven years. The inner city has brought about many new experiences for Terence, both challenging and rewarding.

Terence feels that Northern is a place that will equip him to become a better communicator of the message of Jesus Christ. Through his work as a youth leader, as well as a track coach for a local high school, Terence is stepping into the lives of young people and becoming a positive part of their community.

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Phil Jackson

MDiv

Phil Jackson grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and knows the streets of that city well. It was on those streets that he used and sold drugs. Like Kansas City, the streets of Chicago are a painful place and Phil wants to focus his ministry on healing that pain in Chicago. He knows that Christ’s message can bring healing and meaning to the lives of so many people.

Phil currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Lawndale Community Church in Chicago, and is the Founder and Pastor of Da’House Hip Hop Church, which also serves the Lawndale community. Phil’s desire is “to be a caring, Christ-centered adult who listens, loves, and shows up with real talk about hope in the midst of pain.”

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 Ernest Ledbetter

Ernest Ledbetter

MDiv

The pressure of being a third generation Ernest Ledbetter was no easy task growing up. However, as Ernest learned at seven years of age, a relationship with his creator would become a unique and personal journey.

He has served as the praise and worship leader at his home church and at DePaul University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. While a student at DePaul, Ernest learned the importance of community, and he desires to become “an affectionate and effective steward for the people of God.” He is ready to prepare himself to make a difference in the church and in the community he serves.

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Krista Walthall

MDiv

Since the spring of 2009, Krista began volunteering in the field of hospice care and has now been working as a Volunteer Coordinator for nearly two years. Based on her experience in hospice care, she has developed a passion to provide support and care to the elderly community, and has decided to pursue a vocation as a hospice Chaplain specifically in an urban setting. Krista wants to be more effectively equipped to counsel hospice patients and their loved ones through the grieving process. She also has a dream of using her love of dance and music to encourage the patients and families that she will work alongside to support.

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