Pastoral Care Internship

Pastoral Care Internship

The pastoral care internship offers a unique opportunity to walk alongside the Belle H. Bennett Fellows in their year of service, community, and discernment. This role offers confidential space for pastoral care outside of the community house and the opportunity for customized exchange of ideas and resources with each fellow. In addition, the pastoral care intern assists with facilitating weekly check-in discussions and seminars, planning the mid-year and closing retreat, developing shared spiritual disciplines, and creating community among the fellows.

 2016-2017 Pastoral Care Intern:

lisLis Valle-Ruiz is in the Homiletics and Liturgics doctoral program at Vanderbilt University. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), an eternal student, an educator, an actress, and artistic director. She is interested in homiletical perspectives on relational violence and on embodiment, performance aspects of preaching, and the interaction between preaching, performing arts, healing, and liberation. She is also completing a minor in Women and Gender Studies.



2015-2016 Pastoral Care Intern:

DSC_0535Drew Bongiovanni is a first year Master of Divinity student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Originally from Macon, Georgia, she attended Furman University in South Carolina where she studied Art History for her love of art, public history, and museums. After graduating, Drew joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and has spent the last two years living in Washington, D.C., working in faith-based community organizing through LVC. Building upon her experiences as a volunteer, Drew is interested in studying community building, congregational life, and American religious history at VDS. Drew is excited to be this year’s Pastoral Care Intern for the opportunity to walk with the Bennett Fellows as they complete their year of service, share in community with them, and learn together about social justice issues.



2014-2015 Pastoral Care Intern:

claireClaire Brown is a student intern from Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she is completing her Master of Divinity. She is an aspirant in the Episcopal Church and her work focuses on leadership development, theological education of children and their families, and the empowerment of women. Claire hails from Dalton, Georgia. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her partner and husband, Austin, and their giant mutt, Scoby.