Project MP - Summer Ministry

As a part of this summer's mission project, you will benefit from structured leadership training where you will be challenged to grow in your walk with God. You will build lasting friendships as you increase in passion for His Word, create and cast a vision for your ministry, and learn more about the inner-workings of this local church and our impact to the nations and generations.


Who Can Participate?

This experience is designed for individuals who have a growing passion for the local church and who desire to be a part of the life-change (growth) that occurs when you commit consecutive months of your life to seeking hard after the advancement of God’s kingdom through concentrated service within the church. 


We believe the local church is God’s plan to reach the world, and we’re looking for people who are excited to have a hand in making that vision a reality! This program is custom-designed for those individuals who are serious about taking their personal ministry to the next level. 


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As part of each summer our team completes a Pilgrimage through the Canadian wilderness to seek the Lord and further develop their ability to rely on Him in all circumstances. Read about some of the past experiences in their community journals and check out some pictures and videos from the trip below. 

Summer 2016

  • Heather Dix

    Hometown: Lapeer

    Work: Sushi Chef in the Down Under Food Court and Kroger

    School: Bachelor of Science in Pyschology, CMU

    Time at Grace: 4 years


    Why an internship?

    The internship provides an awesome opportunity to serve and grow the body of Christ and I'm excited to get to be a part of the work God has called our church into in this season.

    Summer Focus

    My internship will include helping with the Twelve17 Coffee Roasters Farmer's Market booth, leading a team in Kidz Church 2, helping prepare for the Women's Retreat, and participating in the Children's Ministry curriculum/programming team.

  • Katrina Fryling

    Hometown: Grand Rapids

    School: Biomedical Sciences Major &Psychology Minor at CMU; Junior

    Time at Grace: 1.5 years


    Why an internship?
    During this past season the Lord has been pressing me to go deeper and take steps of faith that will stretch and grow me outside my comfort zone. I am doing this internship to do just that: grow closer to the Lord, follow and walk with him in new ways, and serve at a deeper level this summer.

    Summer Focus

    My main form of ministry will be with Twelve17 mainly related to the inventory aspect of it, along with children's ministry in some ways (probably with five6), and whatever else comes up! 

  • Adam Gudbranson

    Hometown: St. Johns

    School:Chemistry & Math major at CMU; Senior

    Time at Grace: 3 years


    Why an internship?

    I have found a bit of a calling here at Grace. I feel at home and God calling me to serve in bigger and better ways, to challenge myself and to make disciples of Jesus as we all serve and live together.

    Summer Focus

    I will be serving primarily with Twelve17 Coffee Roasters as a volunteer barista and coffee roaster.

  • Alex Wagner

    Hometown: Greenville

    School: Education Major at CMU; Senior

    Time at Grace: 2.5 years


    Why an internship?

    I desire to grow in the Lord and to build the church and sensed this was where the Lord was leading me. What better way than spending a concerted summer serving with others who want to do the same?

    Summer Focus

    I'll be part of the Children's Ministry programming team. I'll also be working within Twelve17 Coffee Roasters to advance the inventory and operations aspects.

  • Case Flanders

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: High School Senior

    Time at Grace: My entire life


    Why an internship?

    To serve God and the Body in deeper ways and to further spiritual growth in my walk with God.

    Summer Focus

    Cooking up some songs for the Body.

  • Paula Starner

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    Work: Fitness Manager at Morey Courts

    Time at Grace: 12 years


    Why an internship?

    I am doing an internship because I felt that it was time to grow deeper in my walk with God and the church body

    Summer Focus

    I will be doing Coffee Ministry and Worship Ministry during my internship

  • John Flanders

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    Work: The Red Lobster

    Time at Grace: Since the founding


    Why an internship?

    The local church is the hope of the world! Building Jesus' church will remain central to all I do for the rest of my life. My summer role is simply a continuation of my service throughout the rest of the year. Grace Church has been the greatest blessing of my life.

    Summer Focus

    This summer I'll continue leading the coffee ministry as well as helping shepherd others in the Summer Cohort. Hopefully I'll have my share of sports with young folks at Mom's In Ministry. 

  • Peter Flanders

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    Work: Motorless Motion, & AFC Sushi Chef; Mid-Michigan Community College

    Time at Grace: 18 years


    Why an internship?

    It is the best way for me to serve the body of Christ, and it also accelerates the growth of my soul in Christ.

    Summer Focus

    I will be involved in the recording of a full length CD, leading worship, and serving on the coffee bar.

  • Patricia Heintzelman

    Hometown: Wilmette, IL

    Work: Green Tree Coop

    Time at Grace: 1.5 years


    Why an internship?

    I am doing the internship to dig deeper in my search for truth and to grow through serving others. 

    Summer Focus

    I will primarily be focusing on expanding the coffee bar menu to include food and non-coffee beverages as well as training to become a barista. In addition, I will be tidying up the exterior landscaping areas at 1217 and providing input on energy efficient building designs.

  • Mark Rozeveld

    Hometown: Midland

    School: Junior at CMU; Chemistry

    Time at Grace: 2 years


    Why an internship?

    I'm doing an internship to grow in my relationship with Christ and in His church, ultimately to be better equipped to spread the Gospel.

    Summer Focus

    I will be focusing on the Construction Ministry.

  • Josiah Krogman

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: High School Junior

    Time at Grace: 7 years


    Why an internship?

    I am doing the summer intensive to grow personally and serve the Body in a more intentional way.

    Summer Focus

    This summer I will be assisting the worship team (recording team) as well as the construction team.

  • Ben Krogman

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: High School Senior; Video Technician CMU

    Time at Grace: 7 years


    Why an internship?

    I am doing this internship that I might grow spiritually in ways that I have not yet grown, and at the same time contribute to the growing of the church in order to expand the kingdom of God.

    Summer Focus

    My primary focus in this internship is in Production, specifically with the video team and Construction.

  • Mary Flanders

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: High School Sophomore

    Time at Grace: 15 years


    Why an internship?

    I want to serve God this summer alongside others that have the same heart and passion for the Church.

    Summer Focus

    Mainly getting more involved in Twelve17 and Music Ministry.

  • Lauren Burton

    Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey

    School: College of Medicine Graduate Student (Rutgers, CMU)

    Time at Grace: 1 years


    Why an internship?

    To grow closer to the family of Grace and to God. To learn what my strengths are so I can use them to further the kingdom and learn what my weakness are so I can draw strength from Him and overcome them.

    Summer Focus

    Children's Ministry and spreading awareness to CMU student life about Christ through Grace Church, with a focus on graduate students.

  • Emily Krogman

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: Bachelor of Science, Outdoor Recreation (CMU)

    Work: Real Estate Assistant, Sushi Chef in Down Under Food Court CMU

    Time at Grace: 8 Years


    Why an internship?  

    Just following God.

    Summer Focus

    Cleaning Ministry Leadership, CM Curriculum, Twelve17 barista ministry, finance

  • Charis Flanders

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

    School: Bachelor of Science, English (CMU)

    Work: 1st Grade Teacher Sabis School, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

    Time at Grace: 7 years


    Why an internship?

    I have grown and been given so many opportunities through this church and I want to both continue that and contribute to it.

    Summer Focus

    Children's Ministry Curriculum, Five6, Mom's in Ministry