Emily Slotegraaf (MDiv ’17)

Emily Slotegraaf (MDiv ’17)

At Jane and Finch, in northwest Toronto, Emily Slotegraaf works with Role Model Moms GED program to teach and administer a program that helps teen moms achieve their high school equivalency. Emily, a first-year MDiv Clinical Counselling student at Tyndale, has worked for four years in this position and faced many challenges. She notes that she wrestles daily with the heartache she witnesses, “I’ve gotten out of my comfort zone and grappled with the brokenness that people experience and tried to figure out where is God in this…I deal with [students who have experienced] rape, abuse, rejection, and depression.”

Emily is supported by various community programs and churches, as well as Toronto City Mission. Despite the difficulties of loving women who experience poverty, abuse, and neglect, Emily enjoys her work and takes comfort in the knowledge that God calls her to it. She notes, “Through it all, you can see God’s faithfulness because He loves these moms more than I do.”

At Tyndale, Emily has begun to have “hope for healing” as she grows in her knowledge of the integration of psychology and theology. Although sometimes Jane and Finch can feel like a spiritual desert, at Tyndale, Emily is encouraged by “meeting people who support you and talk to you; in seminary, people have grappled with life’s questions, and we can understand each other.” In response to how she builds relationships with her students, Emily notes that the teen moms “[are] like everyone else. They have dreams, desires, and difficulties.” As Emily teaches and mentors the teen moms in her program, she shows them the love of Christ.