Please note: We are not accepting applications for the Residency Program at this time.
Description of the Program
The purpose of Kirk in the Hills Residency Program is to recruit new seminary graduates interested in parish ministry and to offer them a foundation for future work in parish ministry and leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The focus of the program is to prepare residents for parish ministry, knowing that there are multiple ways for ministers to serve in the larger church. The program at the Kirk offers the opportunity for residents to discern how they are called and how they can best lead. The residency program supports the pastoral, theological and personal growth of the residents. Residents, as part of the church staff, provide the Kirk’s congregation with fresh perspective, new ideas, energy, enthusiasm and youthful role models.Orientation – During the first month, the residents will receive orientation that will include clearly articulated expectations and outline the structure and available support of the program.Rotation of areas of ministry – In order that the residents experience all areas of ministry, the Program Coordinator (Senior Pastor/Head of Staff) will outline areas of rotation to achieve core competencies for each resident during their two years. At the end of the first year, each resident will assess what he/she has learned and identify goals for the second and final year. A plan for the second year will be established for each resident toward achieving individual goals and for the process of discerning and preparing for a next call.
Rev. Christina (Chris) HallamWilliam (Bill) Robinson Pastoral Resident
Rev. Chris Hallam is our current Resident Minister. While she has lived all over the Midwest, Chris has claimed Michigan as her home after living and working in the City of Detroit. Also a studio trained artist, Chris is committed to developing new forms of ministry and introducing interactive elements to worship. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Albion College (BA).