Servant Scholars

The Servant Scholars program was created in 2009 as a response to the desire to more deeply serve the Greenville community. Each summer, up to 10 students live together in Vista House while interning at poverty-alleviating organizations in the upcountry of South Carolina. Because this work can be challenging, the added support of living with other people who are serving in similar ways creates a deeply empathetic environment, as well as encourages thoughtful conversation about the plethora of problems that plague our society.


In addition to both serving in an internship capacity and living in intentional Christian community, this program also contains an academic component. Students are required to read portions of a book every week, as well as to write a journal entry that synthesizes their experiences at their internships, in the Vista House community, and the wisdom of the author of the week. On Wednesday nights, a guest is invited to come and eat dinner with the Servant Scholars and discuss the intersection of service, religion and academia. These honored guests will be non-profit directors, religious leaders, or University professors.

Placement Opportunities

GAIHN: Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

contact: Rev. Tony McDade (

United Ministries

contact: Rev. Beth Templeton (


contact: Linda Tassie (

Greenville Literacy Association

contact: Janna Lusk (

Little Steps

contact: Mandy Black (

North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry

contact: Suzanne Kolb (

Project Host

contact: Allen Hellenga (

Triune Mercy Center

contact: Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore (

Safe Harbor

contact: Rev. Julie Dunson Meredith (

Mill Community Ministries (Mill Village Farms & Nasha Lending)

contact (Mill Village): Dan Weidenbenner (

contact (Nasha Lending): Taylor Beard (

Just Kids

contact: Justen Thompson (

St. Francis Bon Secours

Chaplaincy or Community Garden

Soteria CDC

contact: Jerry Blassingame (

Frazee Center

A Child's Haven

GOAT: Great Outdoor Adventure Trips

AID Upstate

Foothills Family Resource Center

Miracle Hill/Greenville Rescue Mission

Greenville Free Medical Clinic

South Carolina Legal Service

Greenville County First Steps

Christ Church Missions Team

2016 Servant Scholars

*The bios correspond to the people in the photo in sequential order from left to right.

Noah Trotter is a rising sophomore at Furman University from Douglasville, Georgia, and is studying Communications. For her Servant Scholars internship, Noah is working with the Soteria Community Development Corporation.

Rachel Phillips is a rising senior at Furman University from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a Religion and Political Science double major with a minor in Poverty Studies. This summer, she is interning with Safe Harbor.

Amber Dove is a rising senior from Claflin University where she studies Business Administration. Originally from Eastover, South Carolina, she is spending her summer in Greenville with the Servant Scholars program, and is interning with YouthBASE.

Meredith Bendl, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, recently graduated from Furman University with a degree in Spanish. She has chosen to extend her time in Greenville by participating in the Servant Scholars program and interning with Mill Village Farms.

Josh Brickell is a rising senior from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He studies Math and Economics at Furman University, and has chosen to spend his summer participating in the Servant Scholars program and interning with Nasha Lending.

Leslie Lang is the Assistant Director of Mere Christianity Forum. Learn more about Leslie here!

2015 Servant Scholars