Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Kelsey Nelson ’11
Minor: Church and Ministry Leadership
Title: Children’s Director, Grace Chicago Church
In her role at Grace, Kelsey Nelson organizes curriculum and adapts it to the church’s needs for preschool and primary-aged classes. She plans lessons, games, crafts, and activities for the children to do each week. She also organizes and recruits volunteers to serve in the Sunday school rooms.
Providing the tools: “My college years helped me grow and mature as a person and gave me useful tools for the professional and adult world. Intellectually, college provided me with an understanding of theology and the Bible, but also encouraged my desire to read God’s Word and to practice being an active member of a church community. Socially, Trinity pushed me outside of my realm of comfort, which has better equipped me to more gracefully interact with people from different walks.”
Interim experience that will last a lifetime: “I participated in the Tabitha House Interim as a sophomore. We served alongside men and women recovering from addictions. Trinity students stayed in a house with the women who were in the program, had devotions with them, and ate with them. Those women took us under their wings for those two weeks to teach us incredible lessons about what it means to fully trust in God’s promises and his provision for each and every day.”
The value of mentors: “I cannot begin to describe how valuable and important it was for a professor to want the Gospel to not only impact my academic life but for the Gospel to change my life. Professors prayed for me and valued me not only as a student but also as a Christ follower. As I entered the professional world, I had a strong model of what it looks like to love others well, and I continue to be challenged by the examples put forth by Trinity professors.”