Alumni Profiles

Corie SteinkeCorie Steinke ’09

Corie became a religion major after hearing a call on her life to enter ministry. After graduating, she worked at Christ United Methodist Church in Galion, Ohio as the Director of Youth Ministries. Working with youth and teenagers made her realize that she missed being on a college campus. In August 2010, she entered Kent State University’s Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel Master of Education program. While at Kent, she worked at Case Western Reserve University in the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and Ursuline College in the Office of Student Activities. After graduating in May 2012, she now works at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont as the Civic Engagement Coordinator and Residence Director.

“My courses challenged me to think beyond what I’d already known about faith, philosophy, ethics, and perspective. I became more open minded and approachable because I was able to work with diverse people in diverse classes. “  Corie Steinke

Amy LovingAmy Loving ‘02

After graduating, Amy attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS). The classes, coursework and independent projects she enjoyed in the Religion and Philosophy departments at Heidelberg prepared her well for her graduate studies and continuing education still today.

Following her graduation from LPTS, Amy was ordained and served 4 years as a pastor to the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb, Illinois, where she was invited to serve on a religious discussion panel at Western Illinois University and served on various denominational committees. After a short-term call to a church in Washingtonville, New York, Amy was called to serve as the pastor of the yoked parishes of the Seneca Presbyterian Church and the Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Along with her work with the two congregations and her presbytery, Amy manages and writes for the creative worship/liturgy blog she created: The Worship Closet. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Young Clergy Women Project, an international and interdenominational community of ordained clergy women under the age of 40.

“At Heidelberg, not only did I gain a better understanding and appreciation for my own faith, but I gained a better understanding of the faiths and traditions of others. I continue to be inspired by what I learned during those years. Today, I strive to be a voice for peace, equality, and justice - for respect and positive dialogue between people of all faiths.”
 

jeff nelsonJeff Nelson ‘01

Following his graduation with a major in religion, Jeff entered the Master of Divinity program at Eden Theological Seminary. The curriculum he experienced at Heidelberg served as a solid foundation for continuing his education because he continued to covered topics he studied in undergrad.

“I still make use of what I learned during those years while preparing sermons and classes.”

After graduating from Eden in 2004, Jeff was called as pastor at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Doylestown, Ohio, where he served for eight years before being called as pastor of Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, Ohio. He is also active in the Church and Ministry department of the UCC’s Eastern Ohio Association, both by serving on the committee and also leading workshops for Authorized Ministers in that area. In the fall of 2012, he began a program at the Ignatian Spirituality Institute through John Carroll University to be certified as a spiritual director.

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Megan Stanton-Corthell ‘01

Through her education at Heidelberg Megan was able to get an expanded picture of the world. She learned about a wide range of people and knowledge that she still uses in her day to day interactions. She has continued to feed her interest in both Religion and Philosophy through her old textbooks and new materials.

“The Religion and Philosophy departments opened my eyes to the diverse and interesting world in which we live. I am grateful to the professors and staff for their support during this eye-opening process.”

Megan currently works for The Medical Group of Ohio, an independent physician organization. She serves as their Senior Analyst, working to analyze data, improve processes and ensure the integrity of the physician network. She also works with all departments within the organization and a wide-array of people from all walks of life. In 2014 she will graduate with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.