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  • Welcome Spring Interns

    February 4, 2019

    Emily Radde

    Camryn Riddell







    The spring interns are here, and thank goodness, it’s busy season! Read a little about them below.

    Camryn is originally from West Chester, PA, and is currently an undergraduate student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Camryn is a third year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Humanitarian Operations, and two minors in Spanish and Political Science. She is graduating from Duquesne University in December of 2019 and plans to pursue a career working with charities and nonprofits. Camryn is passionate about working to create a positive impact in the world and is excited for the opportunity to aid the Steinbruck Center in their efforts to create a positive impact in the community. She loves art, reading, the outdoors, and dogs. She also loves traveling and spent 6 months during 2018 studying in Granada, Spain and traveling around Europe.

    Emily is joining us from Waconia Minnesota but will graduate from Augustana University in South Dakota this coming May. Emily is studying Sociology and has a passion for volunteering with marginalized groups in her community. She is excited to be serving in the DC community with us this semester while gaining professional career experience in her field. In her free time, you will find Emily exploring a new neighborhood, taste testing local cuisine, and binge-watching Friends for the third time.

  • Welcoming our Young Adult Volunteer!

    November 19, 2018

    Hello Luther Place Community! My name is Emily Hicks, and I have just begun a year of service through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s Young Adult Volunteer Program. I grew up just north of Chicago, graduated from Auburn University in 2015, and have been working as an interior designer in Atlanta ever since. This year I am living with five other women who are dedicated to serving various non-profits throughout the city, as well as living in intentional community together. I will be here  until the end of July. I can’t wait to spend the year growing in this community, please come say hi!

  • Welcoming Our 2018 Spring Intern

    February 15, 2018

    We would like to welcome our 2018 Spring Intern, Wylie Cook, from the Lutheran Washington College Semester program.

    Wylie Cook joined the Steinbruck Center as an intern in January of 2018. They are completing their last semester of college (Luther College) by studying away here in DC and gaining valuable experience working with faith-based nonprofits. Wylie is a Women and Gender Studies major and has focused their course work on the intersection of religion and social justice. As an intern, Wylie is ecstatic to learn from the incredible humans of the Steinbruck Center neighborhood in order to advocate for justice in empowering people to overcome the grasp of exploitative systems. Wylie is applying to seminaries across the country and is interested in becoming a pastor and a social entrepreneur focusing on queer issues (queer youth homelessness, vocational training, workplace protections, and ending violence towards trans* folk).

    When Wylie is not too busy, they enjoy drag shows, coffee shops, and watching lots of Netflix.

  • Rev. John Steinbruck Leadership Awardees Announced

    October 9, 2016

    It is with much pride that The Steinbruck Center announced the winners of the first annual Rev. John  Steinbruck Leadership Award — Rev. Yehiel Curry of Shekinah  Chapel in Riverdale, IL and Rev. Kelly Chatman of Redeemer Lutheran Church  in Minneapolis, MN.

    The John Steinbruck Leadership award honors individuals who demonstrate visionary leadership expressed through an ability to imagine how church can build community that acts for the sake of the world; effective leadership that leads to impact within the community; and courageous leadership marked by innovate thinking and a willingness to take risks to achieve results.


    The award honors the late Pastor John Steinbruck who led Luther Place Memorial Church in prophetic work to create social justice in Washington, D.C. When Steinbruck arrived at Luther Place, Steinbruck confronted a dying church with no sense of purpose and a neighborhood that bore the fruits of racism and divestment — abandoned buildings, drug dealers and prostitution, and an increasing homeless crisis. The church owned 21,000 square feet of land, including five buildings, yet had visions only of building a parking lot. For Steinbruck, that Luther Place had so much space that was used only at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning was a violation of everything he believed and preached.

    Instead of barricading his church from its surroundings, he opened its doors to the community. What began as sleeping mats on the floor of the church evolved into a comprehensive continuum of care for homeless and low-income women sited in a 150,000 square foot facility at 14th and N Streets, NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C. Since then, N St Village has assisted thousands of women by providing services that address both emergency and long-term needs.

    The hallmarks of John Steinbruck’s ministry included creating holy imagination for what the church can be and bold action in the faces of indifferent institutional and societal forces. Pastor John and his wife Erna had a commitment to asking the questions – Who are we? Why are we here? What is Jesus to be about in this place?

    Look out in the coming weeks for ministry highlights of Shekinah Chapel and Redeemer Lutheran and bios of our awardees.

  • Welcoming Our 2016 Fall Interns

    October 4, 2016

    We would like to welcome our 2016 Fall Interns both from the Lutheran Washington College Semester program.


    Makayla DePoy – Hailing from Plymouth, Indiana, Makayla is a Senior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Political Science with interests in both Public Policy and Poverty Studies. After receiving her degree this May, she plans on heading to law school to continue her studies within the policy realm. This past summer, Makayla interned for the St. Joesph County Library Program assisting with youth literacy programs and adult computer literacy outreach. In her free time, Makayla enjoys spending time on the lake, riding her horses, and being outdoors.






    hayleyHayley Moe – Hayley is from Watford City, North Dakota and is studying Communication and Religious Studies at Roanoke College. She is active in leadership for multiple religious groups, plays on the ultimate frisbee team and sings for the a Capella group on campus. During the summer months, she works as an adventure camp counselor at Outlaw Ranch in South Dakota. Hayley is passionate about other humans and is constantly searching for her next adventure. When she isn’t playing her ukulele you can find her hiking, eating ice cream or petting the nearest dog.


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