• Monday , 24 July 2017

A Summer 2015 Intern Feature


The Upper Room is often blessed to have dedicated and talented interns and students who spend a summer or school semester—or two—working in various areas of our ministry. In the summer of 2015, we had six interns, and we want to publicly say “thank you” to each of them for the work and energy they each brought to our Nashville, Tennessee offices.

Today, we celebrate and thank Ben Rawlins!

Originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, Ben Rawlins went to college at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. From there, he moved to Nashville five years ago to pursue a M.A. in English from Belmont University, where he taught for a year as an adjunct after finishing his degree in 2012. After taking a year off from graduate school, Ben decided to pursue his interest in religion, so he started Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2013. While studying a variety of subjects, Ben’s main interest is the intersection of theology and the arts. It is through VDS that he is working at The Upper Room. Ben also continues to teach writing and literature, now at Lipscomb University, while in school at Vanderbilt. 

We are fortunate that he could contribute and train with The Upper Room! Ben works one of The Upper Room’s newest ministries, Moyo, gathering and curating content for the site. He also assists the book editorial team. Ben says he appreciates this opportunity to explore interests in writing, editing, and theology while building more knowledge and skills.

Ben plans to pursue a PhD and continue in the academic world after he completes his degree, working with The Upper Room has taught him there are ways to use his passion and knowledge in meaningful ways outside academia. The best part of the internship experience, Ben says, has been the people he has met at The Upper Room. “I am grateful for my time at The Upper Room and especially for the people here.”




  1. Elizabeth
    August 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Ben, it’s been great having you with us this summer! Good luck!

  2. Rita Collett
    August 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Ben, I’ve appreciated your help over the past months! You have helped me stay afloat in my workload, and I value your friendship. Thanks!

  3. Anne Leonard Trudel
    August 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Hi, Ben. I’ve been so impressed by your enthusiasm and friendliness since you’ve been here. You seem like a perfect fit to work on our new Moyo website, and I am glad we have benefited from your writing and editorial skills. I’m glad you’ll be continuing with us for a while, and I wish you well in your academic endeavors at Vanderbilt Divinity School. I know you must be a fun professor to have…keep up the good work!

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