2011 Scholarship Recipients

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Presidential Scholars

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Ashley McCambridge


A recent graduate of Northern's sister school, Judson University, Ashley McCambridge comes to Northern as an already accomplished actress, writer, and director.  At Northern, Ashley is planning to advance her theological education, with specific attention to its relevance for her passion for worship, drama, and theatre.  

Ashley hadn't seriously considered becoming a seminary student until God orchestrated a series of seemingly random conversations with people who recommended that she look into studying at Northern.  Ashley notes, "Every interaction I have had with someone associated with Northern has been a positive one."  As someone who not only serves in her local church, but who is exploring the possibility of starting an independent theatre company in partnership with a church planting team, Ashley is exactly the sort of creative and risk-taking student that we are proud to have at Northern.




Sarah Becker


Sarah Becker comes to Northern as a Presidential Scholar in response to a call God has placed on her life. She is particularly grateful for a school like Northern that seeks to equip women as leaders in the areas of ministry that God has gifted them for and called them to. Based on her experience, the guidance of others, and the ways that her passion, skills, and giftedness have grown together, Sarah envisions a future of not only teaching in the context of local church communities, but allowing God to shape her into the kind of person who is able to teach others how to become effective teachers and communicators as well.

On top of this, Sarah is excited that being a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship will allow her remain immersed in "on-the-ground" aspects of ministry and formation while she studies. In her words, "I want to get the most out of my time at seminary; I want to do everything possible to be faithful to my call. This scholarship gives me hope that a seminary education is possible for me, when for so long I didn't think it was an option."


John Perkins Fellows

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Jose Saenz


Jose has a passion for art and spent eight years as an art teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. In 2008 he started the Art Ministry at Oak Park Avenue Baptist Church in Berwyn, IL. Through this ministry, Jose is able to bring together his passions for art and sharing God’s love with the community.

He believes his experience at Northern will deeply impact his ministry at OPA. In the fall of 2010, Jose began his role as Youth Leader at OPA. Jose has seen the way God can move in urban communities and wants to be an instrument of the Lord.



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Jonathan Brooks


Jonathan grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and traces his passion for justice and serving under-resourced communities back to his childhood and teen years in this community. While attending Tuskegee University, Jonathan began to realize God’s purpose for his life and received his calling to ministry.

Today, Jonathan serves as the Senior Pastor of Canaan Community Church in Chicago. In this role he is leading the church as it follows God’s call to serve the under-resourced and disenfranchised persons in the surrounding neighborhoods.




Joey Newsom


From personal experience, Joey knows how God can provide comfort to “the least of these.” Those experiences have shaped his calling and ministry. Joey serves with Woodruff Place Baptist Church on the near eastside of Indianapolis which lifts up the disenfranchised.

Joey’s role at the church has led him to work in a number of areas ranging from addiction recovery to children. His involvement in the children’s ministry is related to his commitment to live in the community he serves. Joey is excited to see how the Lord works through his experience at Northern Seminary.


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