Helen “Punker” Robertson
RN, BS Health Educator K-12;
To continue to serve small country churches
Young Life, outreach ministry to HS and JH kids and camp nursing, 20 years.
Volunteer work for Hospice and Hospital chaplain, 3 years
Pastoring two small churches in Bath, Co. VA, 6 years
I have a special interest in working with the elderly and terminal folks and may eventually be a chaplain in an assisted living/nursing home facility.
My call to ministry began many years ago as a teenager. It was in my early 20s that I gave my life to the Lord and to His service. While raising a family and moving around the world with my husband who served in the Navy, I served various churches as an educator, deacon and elder. After my husband retired from the Navy we began our work with Young Life camping and outreach ministries. Toward the end of our tenure with Young Life in 2001, I began seminary studies towards the MDiv degree. In 2007 I was called by the Presbytery to serve two small country churches in Bath, Co., VA. It has been a long road but a challenging and fulfilling journey as I have realized God’s guidance and calling along the way.
My education at EMS has been inspiring, informative and very special. I have found a true home with the faculty, staff and fellow students. What I have appreciated the most has been the loving, kind and humble faith that runs throughout the seminary in the hearts of all. The emphasis on “God’s story” and our own story intermingled is one of the major strengths of the seminary curriculum and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this journey with fellow sojourners.
I would have to say that I enjoyed them all. The Formation series are integral to the Seminary curriculum and the nurturing of pastors who are prepared to serve the Lord in whatever capacity they are called to.
Advice for Prospective Students
I would encourage anyone who is called into ministry by God to come to EMS because they will be loved, directed, challenged and be well prepared to go out in to the world and become pastors, chaplains and teachers of the Word.