GENEVA, N.Y.—Sarah Walker, of Rochester, N.Y., a junior at William Smith College, has been selected as a 2001 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Undergraduate Fellow. Undergraduate Fellows are awarded a stipend to explore questions of ministry and service, plus travel expenses to attend the FTE Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry, held this year at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. As many as 70 undergraduate fellows were named for the 2001-2002 academic year.
Walker's interest lies in youth ministry, the result of her experience with ministry in her church and curiosity of the power religion can have in an individual life. She is a youth group advisor at her home church, Third Presbyterian, and during her time at the Colleges has served on the Herald student newspaper staff and as a representative to the William Smith Congress. Walker, who is majoring in religious studies and minoring in developmental studies, plans to do a Honors project on youth ministry and spirituality during the next school year. After she graduates she hopes to perform mission work for a year and then pursue ordination.
“One of the interesting things about the ministry is that it includes a long process of discernment which helps candidates for the ministry make sure they are entering into the right life choice,” said Walker. “This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity because it is for people who are still uncertain about ministry and explores the process of call, or discernment.”
Walker is the daughter of Tracy and Karen Walker of Rochester, N.Y.
The Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry aims to foster mentor relationships between students, theological leaders, and pastors as they convene to explore questions of ministry, service, and the nature of Christian vocation.
The Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellowship program provides support and guidance to undergraduate students who wish to consider ministry as a possible career and who embody the intellectual and spiritual qualities essential for Christian leadership as pastors, educators, and citizens.