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SOAR Internship

NMC’s SOAR internship program is an experience that challenges, grows, and stretches the mind, opens the heart, develops leadership, and expands a student's ministry resume. In the SOAR program, interns will focus on ministry areas including children, students, adult, and worship ministries. This internship and training will intentionally accomplish NMC's goal of providing practical ministry experiences and personal opportunities and moments to deepen intimacy with Christ. This is done through on-the-job training, mentoring, and discipleship, among other formative experiences.

Meet the 2020 SOAR Class

Here are your 2020 SOAR interns, plus one fantastic Resident who will be doing SOAR with this year's group.

Dawson Bley  |  Student Min

Dawson is finishing up his first year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.  He is working through an array of majors, but is currently studying Communications.  Dawson was a National Merit finalist, a top forty Indiana Academic All-star, and graduated as one of the valedictorians from Northwood in 2019.  He was very active in NMC’s Student Ministry during his Middle and High School years.  He’s an avid fan of the show Survivor and participated last fall in the Liberty spin-off version of Survivor that was recorded and will air on a YouTube channel this Fall.  He loves to read, run, travel, play board games, and always bring a lot of laughter and energy to any group of people he’s with. 

Lydia Nordquist  |  Worship Min

Lydia’s home is Richwood, Ohio, but is currently a junior at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH.  She is on track to graduate this December with her Christian Education degree, including minors in Worship and Business.  She is the youngest of four, fighting off three older brothers.  Lydia loves conversation and processing deep life questions with others.  Though she can sometimes have a serious, intense side to her, she also likes to have a lot of fun that includes tons and tons of laughter.  She’s a gifted vocalist, instrumentalist (piano), and natural entrepreneur leader.

Emily Stankovich  |  Student Min

Emily is a Wanee kid, growing up Wakarusa/Nappanee her whole life.  She’s the youngest of three siblings.  Though she’s currently studying English Education in her first year at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, she’s keeping her options open to however the Lord may lead her.  She loves literature, writing, cross stitching, music, adventure, and coffee.  Kindness, joy, and laughter seem to follow Emily wherever she goes.  She possesses a huge heart for people and especially for those who may be overlooked and ignored.

Trevor Sallee  |  Kid Min

Trevor is a sophomore swimmer at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  Academically, Trevor is following in the vocational footsteps of his parents, studying Education with a focus on Special Needs.  Trevor is a Northridge grad and was also very active in Student Ministries at NMC.  Trevor loves to be super active.  He enjoys exploring and have fun creating new adventures He also enjoys playing cards with friends or reading a great book in moments he needs time by himself.  Trevor loves and feels deep empathy for people with hope to serve and assist others in need.

Taylor Lavengood  |  Kid Min

Taylor grew up in Osceola, Indiana and attended Penn High School.  She is currently a junior at Bethel University, studying Christian Ministries with a Children’s Ministry emphasis.  Taylor’s home church is Granger Community Church where she’s been active and gives credit to a mission trip to Nicaragua that inspired her to consider a vocational ministry career, working with children.  Taylor is the youngest of five children (three sisters and one brother).  She loves to hike, swim, camp and read.

Taylor Nelson  |  Kid Min

Taylor grew up in Mishawaka, but now lives in Elkhart.  Taylor is a 2018 graduate of Bethel University.  Her original graduation goal was to pursue medical school or nursing.  She’s been working at Boling Vision Center in South Bend/Mishawaka.  The Lord has been giving her a stirring and passion to consider vocational ministry, working with kids.  In addition to her fulltime job at Boling Vision Center, Taylor is currently interning at the Vineyard Church and an assistant softball coach at Concord High School.

Tabitha Thornburg  |  Student Min

Home for Tabitha is Muncie, Indiana.  She’s the middle child, with an older sister and younger twin brothers.  Tabitha graduated from high school in 2018 with the intent to go to college to study Christian Ministries.  That dream got put on pause, as the Lord had different plans for her the past two years.  Finances became an obstacle in her pursuit of education, but instead of that discouraging her, she found other ways to pursue and live out her heart for ministry.  She’s been super active at her Muncie church where she’s been involved with the youth, leading worship and relationally pouring into students.  She’s working a fulltime job as a behavior therapist for children with autism.  She loves the outdoors and playing piano.

Skyler French  |  Student Min

Skyler hails from Yale, Michigan and is currently a sophomore at Bethel University, IN, studying Christian Ministries.  Skyler is the middle child of five with two older brothers and a younger sister and brother.  Skyler excels academically, claiming the valedictorian designation at his high school graduation.  If the French name seems familiar to you, it may because his brother, Spencer, was in our 2016 SOAR class.  Skyler loves to hang out with friends and stay physically active.  He has a big heart for people and is passionate in his desire to combat injustice and toxic theology.

Mikayla Moore  |  Kid Min Resident

Mikayla has actually been on our staff as a Resident intern in Kid Min since October.  Mikayla graduated from high school at 16 and has been seeking out God’s mission for her life ever since.  She worked with children in a church plant in California for about a year and a half, then came out and interned at NMC in Kid Min the summer of 2018 before doing a full one-year discipleship experience through an organization named, Joshua Wilderness Institute.   During her Joshua year, she served in a variety of different ministry contexts domestically and internationally, including a trip to Israel, DR, and Mexico.  Mikayla loves and values people.  She’s most natural working with children. Her long term vocational ministry hopes are that God will allow her to serve others (especially the young) outside the US.   Though she is a Resident intern, she looks forward to experiencing all that SOAR has to offer in community with the other summer interns.

What's Unique About this class?

This is our 23rd SOAR class.
This may be our overall youngest SOAR class with seven 19/20 year old’s and one 23 year old.
Colleges represented are:  Bethel University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Liberty University, Cedarville University, and Grand Valley State University.
We have our biggest class ever of Kid Min interns, four.
We have two “Taylor’s” in the class, both in Kid Min.  That won’t be confusing at all.

SOAR Fast Facts

If you have any questions about NMC’s SOAR Internship, please contact Terry Bley at or (574) 773-7773.


May 16- August 2, 2020


NMC covers housing, meals and ministry expenses. Each intern will also receive a weekly stipend.

Application Deadline:

January 31, 2020

Ministry Areas:

Children, Students, Adults, and Worship

A Glimpse into the job

Children's Ministry

Infants - 5th Grade
  • Relationship building with families and children
  • Teaching and communicating to varying age groups and audience sizes
  • Office/Administrative Details
  • Midweek and Sunday Programming
  • Leadership roles in our summer camps and other events
  • Exposure to leading kids in worship
  • Hands on experience with curriculum

Student Ministries

6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • Focused ministry in one specific age group (Middle School, High School, or College Age/Young Adult)
  • General ministry opportunities in all age groups
  • Relationship building/discipleship to students (one-on-one, small groups, and large groups
  • Midweek and Sunday programming)
  • Up-front communication
  • Office/Administration work
  • Coordinating, leading and communicating to volunteers
  • Leadership roles on summer trips/camps
  • Education and promotion to parents

Adult Ministries

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  • Family Life Ministry – marriage, parenting, and counseling
  • Adult Education – observation of teaching formats and styles as well as opportunities to lead and teach groups
  • Care Ministry – everything from hospital coverage to visitor follow-up
  • Community Life – small group/small church ministry
  • Exposure to multi-site ministry

Worship Ministry

  • Assisting in the programming and planning of weekly worship services
  • Leading worship for diverse audiences (youth, young adults and adults) and sizes of audiences (from 50-2,000)
  • Leading worship for youth summer trips
  • Working with and leading varied teams of musicians and vocalists
  • Leading and developing volunteers
  • Teamwork and staff communications
  • Exposure to ministry in a larger context
  • Administrative work
  • Developing an intermediate understanding of professional audio and media systems

"SOAR taught me about myself and the plans the Lord has for me. This has helped me use my strengths to glorify God and weaken Satan’s influence in my life as the Lord has helped me improve on my weaknesses."

- Tanner White

"I came out of SOAR with a clearer idea of who I am in Christ, who He has made me to be and the passions He has put inside of me. Over the summer, I became a more disciplined person and am walking closer to the Lord because of these disciplines."

- Mikayla Bley

SOAR Ministry Stories

Jeff Kautz

SOAR Class of 1997
Currently serving at in the Health Care profession.

Heather Ryder

SOAR Class of 2000
Founder of Because Everything Matters.

Jen Miller

SOAR Class of 2016
Currently serving at Nappanee Missionary Church as a director of the K-3rd Grade department. 

Caleb & Jessica Bislow

SOAR Class of 1998 & 2000
Founders of Unusual Soldiers
If you have any questions about NMC’s SOAR Internship, please contact Terry Bley at or (574) 773-7773.