It has been a rich summer, made so in part by interaction with young men who have been in the College Church intern program, helping out in the music ministry.
Michael Devine has taken a position as director of music at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia. Best wishes!
David Doty has finished the M.Div. at Covenant Seminary (St. Louis) and is now seeking pastoral ministry. He and Gloria (who met and married here) are expecting their first child. Congratulations!
Jordan Newhouse had a short internship (fall 2010) and has continued on staff, planning and leading evening services since January 2011. Thanks!
Levi Henkel moved back to Watertown, WI, and is now a full-time musician serving two parishes in his home town. Enjoy!
Andy Bruhn spent his internship singing in the choir, playing in our brass ensemble (which he and his wife Lydia were already doing), and organizing, rehearsing and leading Hyacks students in ensembles for morning worship. Under his leadership we had a very fine student brass group in the fall, and a very good student choir on a morning in March. We last heard from Andy (trumpet) and Lydia (horn) in morning services on August 5.
Andy’s internship began one year ago as a way for him to explore a possible calling into church music. Others have entered the program for the same exploration. Some have continued to serve vocationally, others not. In Andy’s case, the question has always been: orchestral trumpeter, or church musician? He has seen God lead and guide throughout the year; not always easily. However, having been accepted into two fine graduate music programs, it has become increasingly clear that the next step is toward church music. He and Lydia move this weekend to St. Paul, MN.
Andy will enroll in the Master of Sacred Music program housed at Luther Seminary, with music instruction at St. Olaf College. It is a strong program, which we have seen as intern Michael Devine has “pioneered” the Wheaton/Luther connection these past two years. Like Michael, Andy will have opportunity to not only learn and grow musically and vocationally, but he will also have opportunity to serve his seminary class-mates. Some, like him, will be “lonely evangelicals,” and others will be drawn to a more personal and lively relationship with Jesus and His Church, through the witness, presence, and friendship of Andy and Lydia.
Blessings, Andy and Lydia!