Meet Our Summer Interns 2016
By Dr. Paul Riddle, Director of Spiritual Care
Lifeline Chaplaincy Houston
As I write, we are in Week 2 of the 2016 summer internship, which began on May 13 and ends August 5.
According to Lifeline’s mission statement, we are:
“Dedicated to providing compassionate support to the seriously ill, their families and caregivers, and to being an educational resource for crisis ministry.”
One of the ways we fulfill our teaching mission is through our summer intern program. This summer, three students have come to Houston to gain first-hand experience providing pastoral care in the Texas Medical Center Hospitals. Additionally, we have four interns in Fort Worth, working in hospitals in that city under the supervision of Dr. David Martin, Director of Spiritual Care for Lifeline Tarrant County, and two interns in Central Texas, working in hospitals in Austin and Temple under the supervision of Dr. Tom Nuckels, Director of Spiritual Care for Lifeline Central Texas.
Our interns learn by doing, and then by reflecting on what they have done. Each is assigned to a particular hospital and gets to know that hospital intimately through daily visitation with patients and caregivers, and through regular contact with hospital staff members and Lifeline volunteers assigned to that hospital.
Interns spend half their day in classroom instruction and the other half visiting patients in their assigned hospitals. Classroom sessions include case studies, discussions of books and articles pertaining to spiritual care, and other activities.
Weekly reflection essays and periodic case studies drawn from interns’ visits provide opportunities for them to integrate what they learn in the classroom with their ministry practice and their personal spiritual growth. In addition to these activities, the interns spend a week at Camp Star Trails, a camp for children with cancer sponsored by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Even though our interns are with us for only twelve weeks, they enrich the permanent Lifeline community – staff and volunteers alike – immeasurably. We trust that their experience with us will enrich them as well.
Left to right: Matt Gastineau – North Platte, NE – Pre-Med – York College; Laura Ellis — Abilene, TX – Christian Studies – University of Mary Hardin Baylor; Bradlee Carls – Bakersfield, CA — Biology & Chemistry – York College
Fort Worth Interns
Left to right: Rita Rodriguez – San Antonio, TX – Bible & Pre-Med – ACU; Zach Douma – Indiahoma, OK – Preaching / Youth & Family Ministry – Oklahoma Christian; Benjamin McCoy – Catoosa, OK – Bible – Oklahoma Christian; Luke Schumann – Sugar Land, TX – Biblical Text & Missions — ACU
Central Texas Interns
Left to right: Nicole Gates – Centennial, CO – Psychology – York College; Tanner Robbins – Greenwood, AR – Psychology & Vocational Ministry – Oklahoma Christian