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.
contact: Rev. Tony McDade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
contact: Rev. Beth Templeton (email@example.com)
contact: Linda Tassie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
contact: Janna Lusk (email@example.com)
contact: Mandy Black (firstname.lastname@example.org)
contact: Suzanne Kolb (email@example.com)
contact: Allen Hellenga (firstname.lastname@example.org)
contact: Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore (email@example.com)
contact: Rev. Julie Dunson Meredith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mill Community Ministries (Mill Village Farms & Nasha Lending)
contact (Mill Village): Dan Weidenbenner (email@example.com)
contact (Nasha Lending): Taylor Beard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
contact: Justen Thompson (email@example.com)
Chaplaincy or Community Garden
contact: Jerry Blassingame (Jblassingame@soteriacdc.org)
2017 Servant Scholars
Madison Daniel is a rising sophomore from Durham, North Carolina. For his Servant Scholars internship, Madison is working with the United Ministries.
Dina Estrada is a rising senior from Greenville, SC, and is a Communications and Asian Studies double major. Dina will be serving at Hispanic Alliance this summer.
Abby Harwell is a rising junior from Clinton, South Carolina. She is an English major with a minor in Poverty Studies. This summer she is excited to be interning with Greenville Literacy Association, where she will be teaching among other intern-y things. Abby loves the Vista House community and also loves (in no particular order) books, coffee, movies, hiking, stories, peaching, traveling, shoes, witticisms, and mountains.
Carter Hunt is a rising senior who studies English and Economics. Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, he is spending his summer with the Servant Scholars program interning with Mill Village Farms.
Sarah McLean is a rising sophomore Sustainability and Spanish double major with a Poverty studies minor. She is from Winston-Salem, NC, and likes to read, travel, and run. She also thinks that mint and chocolate is the best food combination there is. This summer she is working at Feed & Seed, a non-profit that seeks to increase the availability of local food in poor SC neighborhoods. Sarah is passionate about the earth and social justice, and she is considering doing the Peace Corps after college.
Thomas Moore is a rising sophomore from Athens, Georgia. He studies history and philosophy and has chosen to spend his summer participating in the Servant Scholars program and interning with United Ministries.
Lauren Prunkl is a rising senior from Marietta, GA, studying Sustainability Science. She interned with Village Wrench, a non-profit bike repair shop, in Greenville last summer. She now lives at the Vista House and works with the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department this summer helping with park design, Bikeville Greenville, and connecting the community.
Kathleen Smith is a rising senior from Pittsburgh, PA, who studies Political Science, International Affairs, and Philosophy. Her internship placement this summer is with the Greenville Democrats and the local NAACP.
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!