New Intern Introduction
This COVID season has required many adjustments from everyone. From how we meet, to how we work, to how we recreate, it seems nothing has gone untouched. One of the ways that our ministry here has had to shift was to change the timeline of our intern hiring. We were just about to start the interview process when our world turned upside down. I remember remarking to Dr. Thomas that we should probably put hiring new interns on hold until we got to the other side of this; however he was adamant: “Men still need to be trained for ministry, even at a time like this. Maybe even more so at a time like this!” And so, in May, our Session unanimously voted to hire three more interns into our pastoral internship program: Troy Cash, Josh Fleming, and Richard Mounce.
Troy comes to us from the East Tennessee area where he once served with fellow intern, Josh Adair. Troy has sensed a calling to ministry for some time and is excited to pursue that calling in a more formal way through this internship. He is married to Samantha, and they have one child with another on the way. Troy will be serving as the intern to Pastoral Care.
Josh is coming to us from Alabama where he has been serving in ministry at Marannook Christian Camp for the past four-and-a-half years, where he has had regular discipleship contact with campers of all school ages, but especially college-aged students. This will serve Josh well here as he becomes the intern for our College Ministry. He is married to Stephanie, and they have three young children.
Richard may be familiar to some of you as a local football and baseball standout. He began pursuing ministry after being saved when he was 19. Richard comes to us from the Raleigh, North Carolina, area where he has spent the last seven years training for ministry. He is our first intern in the process of pursuing a Ph.D. Richard is married to Katie, and they have four young children, including the youngest who is just a couple months old. Richard will be serving as the intern to the Young Professionals.
If you would like to hear more about these gentlemen and their stories, check out our First Focus Podcast: Season 2, Episode 13. We are incredibly excited to get these men on board and are confident they will continue the tradition of excellence our interns have created in the pastoral intern program.
Minister of Counseling