Ministry Summer Service interns for 2020 serve home congregations or serve remotely

Seven interns are serving as a part of Ministry Summer Service (MSS) despite alterations to the program due to COVID-19. Instead of meeting in-person for a week-long orientation and then spending nine weeks serving alongside a ministry mentor in a local setting, interns are meeting weekly for education, formation, and fellowship sessions via video conference. Interns offer leadership to their home congregations, as possible given local COVID-19 guidelines where they live, or to another congregation through technology. The first meeting was in early June, and the program will conclude mid-August.

This year’s interns:

Mario Cabrera from Victorville, Calif.

Kaylee Deardorff from Durham, N.C.

Emilie Deffenbaugh from Johnstown, Pa.

Sierra Dixon from Harrisburg, Pa.

Andrew Rodriguez Santos from Harrisburg, Pa.

Tyler Shott from Newmanstown, Pa.

Briel Slocum from Harrisburg, Pa.

Dana Cassell, pastor of Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham, N.C., co-facilitates MSS on behalf of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, along with Becky Ullom Naugle, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

Applications to serve in MSS for the summer of 2021, for both interns and mentors, are due Jan. 8, 2021. For more information or to apply visit .

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