2014 Next Generations Leadership Summer Interns

On behalf of the Next Generations Leadership Team, we are excited to introduce the summer interns that will be placed in local churches to discern God's calling upon their lives!  With the help of West Ohio ordained clergy members, these interns will be able to gain invaluable, first hand ministry experiences that will help shape and clarify their discernment throughout the summer.  We invite you to pray with us that these interns may feel God's presence and hear His calling, as they devote their lives to Him.

Hey, West Ohio!  My name is Rocky Riddle, and I have the privilege of being part of a team that coordinates summer internships for college-aged students to gain experience in the local church.  Upon recently graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's of Music Education, I plan on attending United Theological Seminary in the fall to pursue a Master's of Divinity. My hobbies include disc golf, laughing, singing, sports, speaking, and motivating people to their abosulte best.  My home church is Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, and I will be working at the West Ohio Conference Center this summer.  My prayer for this summer is that God may open the eyes, ears, and hearts of the interns listed below so that they may see, hear, and feel His true calling in their lives.

My name is Caleb Harper and I am a sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan University. My major is Christian Ministries, and I am a pastor's kid. I play rugby at school and am involved in a couple of organizations at Indiana Wesleyan. I live my life to serve God and to help further his Kingdom in the world. My passions revolve around music, rugby, my family and the Word. I hope that someday I will be a pastor in the United Methodist Church and a Chaplain in the United States Army. My attitude is always optimistic and joyful, as I find my joy in the Lord, and I carry that optimism and joy everywhere I go.




Hi, I am Savannah Hauberg! I am currently a student at Indiana University East studying nursing, but I plan on transferring to Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall. My home church is EUM in Greenville, Ohio, and I will be hosted this summer by Scioto Ridge United Methodist. I am immensely excited to spend my summer discerning my call for ministry and just being able to really serve and glorify the Lord. I find it very hard to explain my excitement when I can barely contain it! I am a very outdoorsy person. I love bike riding and roller blading. My hobbies include anything crafty and keeping my nose stuck in a good book! 


Hi everyone! My name is Christina Hess and I am currently a student at Bowling Green State University studying social work. My favorite hobbies include exercise and recently, making crafts for my dorm. My home church is Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and I am excited to say that this summer I will be serving at Summit Station. I have felt called into ministry for several years now and am excited about this internship.  My hope is that it will give me a better understanding of what type of ministry would be best for me.




My name is Tyler jones I am going into my senior year at Geneva College as a Biblical studies major.  My favorite interests include sports, especially playing basketball.  I attend Stonybrook United Methodist Church in Gahanna, Ohio. For this summer my home church is Trinty United Methodist Church Fremont in Fremont, Ohio. I am excited for this opportunity to serve The Lord Jesus Christ, to develop new friendships, and to learn and experience things that will help me become a better a person. 




My name is Nathaniel Lemke and I currently attend The Ohio State University as a third year communication technology major. I enjoy going to Ohio State football games and in my free time I like to work on my car. My home church is Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and I will be interning at Church of the Cross in Toledo, Ohio. I hope that through this internship I can grow in my faith and further my journey in discerning God's plan for me.





My name is Meghan Link and I am a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in religious studies. My home church is Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, and this summer I will be serving at Trinity United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio. In my free time I like music, movies, and playing with my pet hedgehog, Hedgie. I am excited for the opportunity that I will have this summer to broaden my mind and talents through new experiences, new people, and new challenges.





Hi, my name is Dominic Mejia and I am a student at Ohio Wesleyan University studying pre-theology and psychology.  My home church is Wesley United Methodist in Bryan, Ohio and I will be interning at Plain City United Methodist in Plain City, Ohio this summer.  My favorite hobby is playing instruments.  I am excited and thankful for this opportunity to learn and grow in a real-world, hands on environment.  I look forward to being able to serve people who may be very different than me, and being able to work with them in ministry.  I cannot wait to see what God will do in me and through me throughout the course of the summer. 



Hi, my name is Rachel Widdowson. I am a student at Otterbein University majoring in Religion. My home church is First United Methodist Church in New Lexington, Ohio. My host church for the summer is Evangelical United Methodist Church in Greenville, Ohio. One of my favorite hobbies is reading, and I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me this summer.