Student finds alumni connection key to ministry internships

Thu, 2013-05-23 10:18 -- univcomm
Caleb Buyer
May 23, 2013

Anderson University student Caleb Buyer spent last summer planning, arranging, and attending events with middle school and high school students in Florida. Buyer was one of two youth ministry interns at Bayside Community Church, a Church of God congregation in Safety Harbor, Fla.

Having a passion for youth and music, Buyer is a Christian ministries major and church music minor. He wanted to complete an internship that provided him with more hands-on training in both of these areas. As an intern at Bayside, Buyer received firsthand experience in youth ministry. “My main duties included the planning and running of many events,” said Buyer. He was a leader on many youth trips like middle school and high school church camps, an annual mission trip, and an international youth convention.

[Photo: Buyer caught a 35" snook while on a fishing trip he took with the Bayside Community Church youth group.]

Buyer also helped lead the Bayside youth group at a conference for student leaders. At the end of the summer, he believed that he made a positive impact on the spiritual development of the youth at Bayside Community Church. “The bonds I made with the group of students while in Florida were so strong. I really connected with each individual student,” said Buyer.

Buyer heard about the Florida internship through his youth pastor, Matt Gaylor. Gaylor is the lead pastor of CitySpring Church in Noblesville, Ind., and an AU alumnus. He encouraged Buyer in his call to ministry.

Gaylor completed the same internship and thought it would be good for Buyer. “I've known Caleb since he was in early high school. It’s been extremely exciting to watch him evolve into a leader who has a vision for his life and future family,” said Gaylor. “Caleb has a clear calling and will make a positive impact on the kingdom of God.”

Buyer’s internship opportunity helped him to gain another leadership role at CitySpring. Buyer is currently serving as youth pastor intern. “I lead a small Wednesday night youth group and fill a few roles on Sunday mornings,” said Buyer.

Gaylor knew that Buyer would excel as the youth pastor intern because of his summer experience and his AU education. “Many CitySpring students look up to him and frequently seek out advice from him,” said Gaylor. “He is able to relate well to people of all ages, ranging from little children to adults.”

Both of Buyer’s internship experiences have shown him different ways to minister to youth. His AU connections and education continue to help him be successful in his ministry.

— Haley Burger is a junior from Stockwell, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Burger is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.