Confluence is excited to welcome the 2016-17 Class to Columbus to join in with St. John’s Episcopal Franklinton during their Episcopal Service Corps Year. Get to know this incredible group of women and men committing themselves to a year of spiritual formation, service, intentional community, and social justice.
Growing up in a very large Episcopal church, outreach was always a part of our family life. It all started in middle school when we helped with Katrina clean up in Mississippi. Since then I developed a passion for feeding the homeless and helping out at a local food pantry. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure, exploring different areas of non-profit work and living in a city for the first time. and most of all, where this next year will take me.
Steven Simpkins is originally from Tiffin, Ohio a small city in the northwestern area of the state surrounded by farmland on all sides. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in the spring of 2016. While at Denison University he double majored in Religion and Economics. Steven’s favorite activities at Denison consisted of: Sustained Dialogue (an experience-based dialogue organization aimed at engaging across difference), Canterbury Club, and organizing community events with the University Programming Council. Steven wrote a senior thesis entitled Liberative Creation: Restoring Community and Home.
Surprisingly, reading two books and writing 8 pages a week takes a lot of time. Despite graduating he is still adjusting to free time he acquired after finishing the project. He also sang in the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Granville. Some of Steven’s hobbies include, singing, cooking, and reading. It will be his first extended period of time not living in a rural environment. He is excited about all of the opportunities the year with Confluence in Columbus promises. He is looking forward to living a year in intentional community in Franklinton as he learns about himself and the community.
Hey everyone! My name is Nicole Leigh Hamme and I am a Columbus, Ohio native. With the exception of college, I’ve lived in the area my whole life with my four cats, parents and brother who is 19 years old. In the spring, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with my BA in Communications. For the past two summers, I have spent my time in Durango, Colorado working as a wilderness summer camp counselor and coordinator for the middle school girls camp.
A passion of mine is working in youth development with girls, helping them build confidence and healthy life skills to succeed and become the people they have potential to be.A dream of mine is to serve in the Peace Corps or do some sort of youth development internationally, for I have a bad case of the travel bug and a willingness to give back. I’m looking forward to Confluence because I have the opportunity to serve a city that made me who I am. I look forward to immersing myself deeply into a new community of people who are motivated by social justice. The passion and energy in this community is incredible, and I can’t wait to get involved!