Lake Fellows Class of 2017

Chelsea Benham

Chelsea was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2010, she earned a degree in religious studies from Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Decatur, Georgia. During her time there working with the Religious Life Office and organizing interfaith efforts on campus, Chelsea began to more concretely discern her call to pastoral ministry.

After college she moved to Davis, California, where she worked for two years in campus ministry at the Cal Aggie Christian Association. She served as the Community Coordinator and facilitated the ministry’s Multifaith Living Community, a townhouse complex of forty students from a variety of faith backgrounds.

After being so far away from family, Chelsea decided to move closer to home and to attend Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has worked with youth and children at a church in Louisville for the past two years and has discovered her love of educational ministry. During seminary, Chelsea completed a dual degree, earning a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University, which sparked a deep interest in connecting spirituality, theology, and the experiences of everyday life.

She is grateful to have had many other enriching ministry experiences while at LPTS, including CPE at University of Louisville Hospital, traveling to Cuba for a dual class with students at the seminary in Matanzas, and completing creative class projects, such as reading children’s literature and leading gardening sessions with kids to learn about God’s creation together.

Chelsea lives with her husband Blake, a Hoosier, and their cat, Purrcy, who is really more like a dog. Gardening is one of her favorite spiritual practices, and she is fascinated by plants. Chelsea enjoys hiking, camping, reading, cooking, and playing board games.

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Jon Reinink

Jonathan (Jon) Reinink grew up in Auburn, Ontario, Canada on a farm with his parents and three little sisters. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario to pursue a teaching career. Through summers on staff at a local Christian camp, Jon felt a call away from teaching mathematics and French and toward a different calling: full-time ministry.

He spent two years prior to his theological training involved in various ministries and discovering his passions. Jon brings a broad range of passions and experiences to his role at Second Church. His favorite ministry experiences include urban and low-income family ministry, short-term mission coordination and missionary training, summer camp ministry, confirmation class, and Christian education opportunities for adults.

Jon has been working with a church in Newtown, PA for the past three years where he has been fine-tuning his ministry skills in various areas of Christian education and pastoral care. Newly-ordained, and recently-graduated, Jon is excited to join in ministry with Second Church and develop his skills for ministry in new ways. In addition to being passionate about the Church and being attentive to new ways that God is moving in the world, Jon enjoys board games, visiting his nieces and nephew, evenings with friends, books in cafés, and traveling to see and experience the incredible cultures and landscapes God has placed in this world.