Meet The Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn


Meet Annie Thorn, our new intern!

The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog is happy to announce that we have a new intern!

Annie Thorn, a first-year history major from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has joined the team for the 2019 Spring semester and (hopefully) beyond.  Annie replaces Devon Hearn, who is off student teaching this semester in preparation for her May 2019 graduation.

Annie will be handling our “Morning Headlines” feature and will facilitate the ever-popular Author’s Corner feature.  She will also be helping us with research and other TWOILH assignments.

I first met Annie when she came to my office as a high school senior with an interest in public history. I vividly remember my conversation with Annie, her sister, her mother, and a friend.  She thought Messiah College was a bit too far from home, but I informed her that if my daughter Allyson could travel from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Calvin College then she could travel from Kalamazoo to Mechanicsburg to attend Messiah!  She was convinced. (Or I like to think that’s how it happened).  We often joke about waving to one another on the PA Turnpike as we pass each other going in the opposite directions!  🙂

As a first-year student, Annie is not sure how she will use her history major after she graduates. She is doing a public history concentration, but she also has an interest in ministry.

I am looking forward to working with her.   Please use the comments section, Facebook, and Twitter to welcome Annie to The Way of Improvement Leads Home team!

3 thoughts on “Meet The Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn

  1. Thanks John.
    No debate on your first two points, but I do think you misperceived my ideas about where evangelicals should send their children. I don’t think I stated that evangelicals need to select any particular type of “center.” Please take another look at my posting. My children went to totally secular schools. My question to you about Calvin College related solely to its doctrinal basis and was not intended to imply that anyone needs to avoid it because of its non-mainstream theology. Theology is less important to some than to others, and people select academic institutions based on a variety of factors. Nonetheless, I still wonder how much Messiah and Calvin have in common theologically.

    While you do not like to use the verb “send” regarding a child’s college, I must stick with it for my own purposes. After all, I paid for the schooling. If any of my children had gotten a full financial ride, perhaps I would use another verb. As the hackneyed old saying goes, “He who has the gold makes the rules.”


  2. 1. Annie is great
    2. While my wife and I certainly served as a sounding boards, advisers, and encouragers as my daughter chose a college, she is a strong and independent young woman who CHOSE Calvin College. We did not “send” her anywhere.
    3. Your comment is based on another false assumption–that evangelicals should “send” their children to schools in the supposed “center of American evangelicalism.”


  3. Annie looks like a nice and enthusiastic girl, John.

    I must confess that I am slightly surprised you sent your daughter to Calvin. I am not questioning the academic quality of the school, but isn’t it doctrinally a school run by Five Pointers? Of course, maybe Messiah also has the same Geneva characteristics? I probably need to look further into the theological underpinnings of both schools. By the way, my query is not necessarily an indictment of Reformed Theology, but it simply does not reflect the center of American Evangelicalism.


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