2012 Scholarship Recipients

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Presidential Scholars

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 Josiah Black

Josiah Black

 

Josiah Black first felt a call to full time ministry in 2007 while working at Quest Ministries in Green Lake, Wisconsin. He began to envision a life devoted fully to God’s Kingdom work. However, years passed after that summer in Green Lake, and various careers pulled Josiah away from following the path to full time ministry.

Through conversations with his insightful wife and tugs on his heart from a faithful God, Josiah is now pursuing ministry through an education at Northern Seminary. While he was good at the work he was previously doing, Josiah knows that because of the Presidential Scholarship, he will now begin the journey of devoting his life to a new ministry.

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 Maureen Elliott

Maureen Elliott

 

Maureen Elliott feels deeply the unfailing love God has for humanity; she has seen it in her own life time after time, and she has witnessed it in the communities she has lived in. Maureen is the first woman in her family to graduate college, and continue her education at graduate school. She is a living testimony of the words, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."

Northern Seminary will be a place for Maureen to learn more about God's call on her life. She knows God has equipped her already for the things she has faced in her life, and He will continue to equip her accordingly. She would like to teach Theology, and believes that Northern will provide her a theological education that bridges the academic and ministerial, the scholarly and pastoral. Maureen is thankful for the Presidential Scholarship and that it will allow her to "live out God's will for my life."

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 Aubree Flickema

Aubree Flickema

 

Several years ago on a trip to the Philippines, Aubree Flickema witnessed deep brokenness and poverty for the first time. It was there that God met Aubree and transformed her life, placing within her a desire to meet the needs of the hurting people she had met.

Aubree believes that in the midst of the Northern community, surrounded by believers passionate about similar things, she will become better equipped to serve and pastor churches. She will grow amongst fellow leaders, and through the Presidential Scholarship, Aubree will prepare for a lifetime of serving Christ's Kingdom.

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 Stephanie Franco

Stephanie Franco

 

Stephanie Franco lives by the words of Isaiah 6:8, when God asks, "Whom shall I send?" She is answering loudly, "Here am I. Send me!" Over the last fifteen years, Stephanie has been serving the women in her community through countless acts of selflessness. Key events in her life have led Stephanie to understand God's call of ministering to women.

The Presidential Scholarship at Northern will allow Stephanie to pursue graduate education full-time and sharpen her ministry skills, a dream which otherwise would have been too difficult. The testimony of her own life and her experiences meeting and ministering to women through Bible studies, travels to Ghana, and normal every day life have prepared Stephanie for such a time as this.

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 Robert Toal

Robert Toal

 

What drives Robert Toal is a heartfelt desire for us, as the people of God, "to live more fully in the reality of Christ." He believes in being a catalyst for a community of people, seeking to bring people together and to grow in Christ along the way.

Robert now finds himself longing to be further equipped for this call, and he knows that continuing his education at Northern will place him among others seeking the same desire to learn and grow. He is excited to interact with students and teachers, authors and speakers. The Presidential Scholarship comes at a time that seems prescient, timing that only God could have arranged.

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John Perkins Fellows

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 Stephanie Gill

Stephanie Gill

 

Stephanie Gill was born and raised in the inner-city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In a group home and two foster homes by the time she was just nine years old, Stephanie found an undeniable passion and courage "to advocate for families, youth, and elderly populations who are vulnerable and oppressed." Recently, she has had the opportunity to work with dynamic faith-based organizations in Chicago, such as Lawndale Christian Health Center and Agape Community Center.

These experiences and more have helped affirm Stephanie's purpose in continuing her education at Northern. Northern's emphasis on Urban Ministry will help Stephanie learn how to bring the hope of Christ to communities plagued with hopelessness. And the Perkins Fellowship will be an insurmountable blessing to Stephanie as she dives into this next phase of her life.

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 Luke Preussler

Luke Preussler

 

In a community facing the hopelessness and oppression of poverty, there is a man in the midst of it all, providing the hope of Christ. Luke Preussler lives and works in the east side of Elgin, Illinois, helping develop life skills with the under-resourced families who live there. Luke brings education opportunities, career development, home and business ownership, transportation, healthy food, and so much more.

The John Perkins Fellowship at Northern Seminary will provide Luke the opportunity to hone his minister skills and more deeply understand Christian community development. "God has called me to this ministry in His neighborhoods," shares Luke. He considers it an honor to live and serve among God's people, and the discipleship and education Luke receives at Northern will surround him with others also answering that call.

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 Jonas Watson

Jonas Watson

 

During the five years Jonas Watson was teaching Sunday school at his church, his passion for evangelism grew. He began to realize that God was preparing and empowering him to serve the young men in his community. He now serves as the Midwest Baptist District Youth Director, through which he has implemented youth conferences, revivals, and forums.

Jonas knows that it is critical to equip today's youth by inspiring and cultivating in them the love of Christ. Through his education at Northern Seminary, Jonas will become even more rooted in Christ's call to be the salt and light of the world, and to reach the youth of his community.

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