The Bloomfield United Methodist Church in Des Moines and Simpson College collaborated last fall to help a student experience pastoral ministry. Mara Bailey, the chaplain at Simpson, identified Brian Williams for this internship opportunity.
Brian was a sophomore on the Indianola campus when he worked with the Bloomfield congregation from September through December last fall. He served as a worship leader and even had an opportunity to preach twice. He also learned about a variety of topics from worship planning to evangelism in his work with Cindy Hickman, the pastor of Bloomfield.
She described him as “a solid theologian.” His friendliness helped him to be “well-received by the people of Bloomfield.”
The congregation also learned a lot from Brian’s presence with them. For instance, “even though Brian has spent a lot of time in the church, he had not sung traditional music” – and his repertoire of contemporary songs were just as unfamiliar to church members.
Parish Development funds from the Board of Global Ministries, which were provided through apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches in Iowa, helped to support this ministry intern program.