Randy Timmerman '13
Randolph-Macon College student Randy Timmerman’13 will spend the
summer interning at Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, North Carolina.
The internship, coordinated through the
Duke Divinity School Pre-Enrollment Internship Program, is another step toward Timmerman’s
ultimate goal of becoming a pastor.
A Global Perspective
“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,” says Timmerman, a
Mechanicsville, Virginia native. “At R-MC, where there are people from all kinds
of places, domestic and international, I have really been able to see how people
interact. Everyone is different and has his own story.” A
religious studies and computer science
major and ethics minor, Timmerman 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.
In fall 2013, Timmerman will begin his three-year seminary education at Duke Divinity
School to earn his Masters of Divinity. “Following that, I will come back to the
Richmond area and finish my ordination within the United Methodist Church,” he says.
Timmerman’s 2013 January Term (J-term)
internship offered Timmerman a glimpse into what his future profession will hold.
He shadowed Pastor ReNe’e Teague at the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in
Stafford, Virginia. 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 my J-term internship, really provided great pre-ministerial
opportunities,” he says. “All of my R-MC professors were so helpful to me, and Chaplain
Darrell Headrick’s consistent support helped me immensely.”
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in internships in the U.S. and around the
globe. 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.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career Development, helps students
lead the pack when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the
support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal
and academic ambitions.