Wiley College Senior Nominated for UMC Summer Internship

Date Posted: 2/7/2012

Wiley College Senior Lewis Keyes was recently named one of seven interns for the Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program of the Black College Fund of the United Methodist Church. Lewis competed against other nominees from other historically black colleges and universities affiliated with the United Methodist Church in January in Nashville, Tennessee.


Selections were made by the Office of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Assistant General Secretary Cynthia Bond Hopson says that Lewis will be an ideal intern. “He was chosen because he embodies the best of what our United Methodist-related colleges do.


Our interns and ambassadors are among the best and brightest anywhere and Lewis will fit right in! We believe he will do an excellent job of winning friends and

garnering the critical support that keeps our schools strong and vibrant.” His pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Booker of Hamilton Park UMC in Dallas agrees. “Lewis brings a lot of energy and passion to our worship service as a praise team participant and worship leader. He has also modeled what it means to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ through his missionary efforts in Kenya, Africa this past summer.


His passion coupled with his scholarship and compassion for the ‘least of these’ shows a genuine commitment to serve Christ. He is definitely a future leader in the United Methodist Church.” Mr. Keys will travel to United Methodist annual conferences this summer to speak about Wiley College and the other 10 Black College Fund institutions.


He will receive scholarship support for his service. The other schools supported by the Fund are: Bennett College for Women, Meharry Medical College, Bethune Cookman, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Dillard and Huston-Tillotson Universities and

Paine, Rust and Philander Smith Colleges. The Fund was approved as an apportioned item by the 1972 General Conference and provides support for faculty, programs, and infra-structure and capital projects.


For more information, contact Karen Bright, Director of Church Relations at (903)927-3391 or kbright@wileyc.edu.