The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry is a unique
program that encourages students who express an interest in spiritual formation
and community service to pursue careers in ordained ministry. This is achieved through
financial support, leaving students with minimal debt after undergraduate education,
as well as personal support, cohort activities and internships.
Josh Orndorff, from Culpeper, Virginia, is a double major in religious
studies and sociology. He has held internships at Duncan Memorial United Methodist
Church and Culpepper United Methodist Church. At Duncan Memorial, he established
a student, non-denominational worship service called The Beacon. The weekly service
is highly successful and has made a major impact on the lives of students at Randolph-Macon
College. At Culpeper UMC, Orndorff coordinated a six-week Community Lenten Service
that brought 12 churches in Culpeper, Virginia together for worship. He also established
a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group and had the opportunity to lead worship
and preach during services at the church.
Orndorff is very active at R-MC and has served as morale leader and president of
Habitat for Humanity; organized a 2010 service project to help the homeless through
the Campus Ministry Council; and is a member of the United Methodist Student Fellowship.
He studied abroad in Italy during R-MC’s J-term 2010, where he learned about the
heritage of Christianity. Orndorff is currently working on a research project, Understanding
the Decline of Religious Participation Among Young Adults.
Andrew Ware, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a double major in
religious studies and music industry. His unique pastoral internship at The Gathering
United Methodist Church allowed him the opportunity to help “plant” a church and
learn how to lead a new-start church. Ware also worked as an intern for a contemporary
musician, Steve Kropp, where he was in charge of audio and video during retreats.
At R-MC, he is active with United Methodist Fellowship and is a member of Mu Phi
Epsilon music honor fraternity. He traveled to Europe during J-term to study music
with the choir.
Ware plans to attend seminary after graduation from R-MC. He is applying to Duke
Divinity School, Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Wesley Seminary
at American University.
Heather Hincher, from Stafford, Virginia, is a double major in
sociology and religious studies. She has held internships with Ebenezer United Methodist
Church and Maranatha Youth Touring Choir. At Ebenezer UMC, she helped organize fellowship
events, Sunday school and other events for the 18-22- year-old age group. Her internship
with the touring choir gave her the opportunity to help plan and lead devotions
and plan the spiritual part of a weekend retreat.
At R-MC, Hincher is a mentor resident assistant, women’s Greek Bible study leader
and vice-president of member development for Alpha Gamma Delta. She has completed
a research project on disability services available in the Ashland District of the
Virginia United Methodist Church. She plans to expand her research to study disability
services within the entire Virginia United Methodist Church. After graduating from
R-MC, she plans to attend seminary. Hincher is applying to Duke Divinity School
and Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Alex Hoskins, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a political science
major with minors in elementary education and sociology. He has held an internship
at Stafford Baptist Church, which is his home church.
Joe Varner, from Farmville, Virginia, is a religious studies major
with minors in music and ethics. He has held internships at Duncan Memorial United
Methodist Church and Woodlake United Methodist Church. At Duncan Memorial, he worked
with the youth and young adult ministries. At Woodlake UMC, he was able to participate
in ministries for all age groups and actively worked in many areas including Bible
school and Sunday school. He also made pastoral visits to congregation members.
Varner is very active at R-MC as a member of the United Methodist Student Fellowship,
The Beacon, Greek Ministries (fraternities/sororities), Kappa Alpha Order, Relay
for Life and Habitat for Humanity. He traveled to Italy during J-term 2010 to study
the heritage of Christianity and also participated in a week-long service trip to
Guatemala where he and his classmates helped people living in impoverished communities.
Varner is planning to attend seminary after graduation from R-MC. He is applying
to Duke Divinity School, Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Union