PARENTS: Robert Nichols and Sherry Clary
MAJOR: Bible and ministry
I did not feel I was ready to attend a four-year college after graduating from high school. I was looking specifically for a two-year Christian college, which led me to Hesston. I knew Hesston was the right fit after I came to an open house day. As soon as my mom and I got back in the car I was already saying, “I want to go back!”
A SECOND HOME
I have felt very welcome at Hesston. It’s a friendly and personable atmosphere, and I love how involved the community is with the college students. Having mod parents helped me make connections when I first arrived on campus as a freshman. This year’s homecoming theme of “Home Sweet Hesston” and the shared experiences between Hesston College, Hesston High School and the wider community speaks to the great relationships we share.
MANY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
I come from a Pentecostal background, and this year I have the opportunity to do an internship at Hesston United Methodist Church. Then throw in attending a Mennonite college! Sometimes the exposure to multiple perspectives challenges me as I sort out my beliefs and learning, but it’s also shaping me and allowing me to grow in my faith.
At my internship I prepare and lead Sunday school class for elementary and middle school students. I also teach “Bible Zone” for the elementary-aged kids on Wednesday nights and I help with the after school program on Thursday afternoons. My internship is giving me so much experience in the field I am hoping to pursue. I have gained mentors along the way, and I love seeing the children’s smiling faces as they come in ready to learn and have fun.
PASSION FOR CHILDREN
I have always loved working with children and have dreamed of teaching children in some form. The things children learn at a young age stay with them and can impact their future lives. I think it’s extremely important to teach and engage with them because they are our future generation of leaders. After my time at Hesston, I plan to transfer to a four-year Christian institution where I can earn a bachelor’s degree in Bible and ministry. Someday, I’d like to work at my home church, Park Place Ministry Center as the Children’s Ministry Director.
WHAT HER INSTRUCTORS SAY
“Bailee has such a heart for Jesus and for all people! She’s always willing to go the extra mile. She’s a good listener. She has a kind word for everyone. It’s inspiring to see how she has answered God’s call to ministry and it’s a joy to get to be a small part of equipping her for that call.”
— Michele (Schrock) ’81 Hershberger, Bible and Ministry faculty