How well do you know the Campus Ministries Interns? The goal of this two-part series is to provide insight into the lives of Angela Nash and Jon Swartz, who are spending the school year developing their ministry skills while also continuing their education at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). First, meet Angela Nash. Known to many as Angie, this intern is originally from the Northern neck of Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay. After graduating high school, she worked at a local bank for eight years. Nash and her husband were both very active with their church, and were eventually encouraged to pursue ministry. “We wanted to go to a school that had Methodist connections, and EMU felt like the right fit,” said Nash. They each had a number of college credits earned from high school, and enrolled at EMU in 2007 as transfer students. Immediately, they felt right at home. “The first teacher I met was Nancy Heisey,” said Nash. “She was so welcoming and willing to help me. I was an older student, so my experience was not typical.” While studying as an undergraduate, Nash experimented with a variety of classes. She studied music theory, poetry, and even drawing, but graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Congregational and Youth Ministry. Last semester, Nash assisted with Carmen Schrock-Hurst’s Spiritual Formation Class and worked alongside Brian Martin Burkholder.
This semester, Nash is a Spiritual Director to several students. She also helps to lead Oasis Prayer events and the Pastoral Assistant class.
Nash initiated the Contemplative Knitting group, which is now called Hart Stitches, and plans to donate knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, and mittens to a local organization for homeless people in Harrisonburg.
In addition to her responsibilities for her internship, Nash is also working to earn a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation as well as certification in the United Methodist Church. She attends class at the seminary and has about halfway completed her degree. Nash lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, where they attend Asbury United Methodist Church when they are in town. They have made sure to keep in touch with their roots, and travel the four hours home often so as to maintain those relationships. “We are still available to our home church, so my husband will go back and preach sometimes,” Nash clarified.