Randy Timmerman '13
Randolph-Macon College student Randy Timmerman ’13 is a
religious studies and computer science
major and ethics minor. Timmerman, who hails
from Mechanicsville, Virginia, is also a Bailey Scholar. R-MC’s
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.
Timmerman’s 2013 January Term (J-term)
internship offered him a glimpse into what his future profession will hold.
He shadowed Pastor ReNe’e Teague at the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in
“Pastor Teague has been my ordination mentor for about 18 months; therefore, working
with her during J-term seemed like a natural course of action,” he says. Timmerman
delivered a sermon and led worship, and he got a behind-the-scenes view of the planning
behind worship, funeral arrangements, and Bible studies.
“The Bailey Program, and this internship, really provided great pre-ministerial
opportunities,” he says.
“Randy preached, led worship, and met with adult, youth and children’s Bible studies
classes,” says Pastor Teague. “He also fed the homeless and ‘walked through’ a funeral
as pastor. He was a wonderful help and got a good view of the work he is pursuing.
It was a blessing to the good people of Andrew Chapel to be part of his journey.”
Timmerman chose his majors and minors with an eye on the future.
“Religious studies fits in well with my future profession, and a background in computer
science is going to be helpful no matter what, as technology is changing all the
time,” he says. “Ethics, of course, is a natural fit for someone who wants to go
into the ministry.”
On campus, Timmerman has served as an orientation leader, a member of the
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and he has had roles in several
theatre productions, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
and A Christmas Carol. In addition, he served previously as president of
the United Methodist Student Fellowship.
Timmerman’s post-R-MC plans are in place, and he’s excited about the next step.
“I will be attending Duke Divinity School for three years, working toward a Master
of Divinity degree, and eventually I want to be an ordained Elder within the Methodist
Church,” he says. “As a pastor, I will work with a diverse group of people, and
my four years at R-MC have prepared me for that by giving me a global perspective.
This is such a wonderful community. My professors have been mentors and friends
in addition to teachers. They helped to make my R-MC experience the best it could
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by
The Randolph-Macon EDGE. Within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The EDGE
is a four-year program designed to help students identify their career passions,
compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate schools.
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has been successfully placing students in internships both in the
U.S. and around the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development,
the Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their
interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.