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Meet Our New Planter-In-Training: Maggie Thomas

We’re so excited to welcome Maggie Thomas as our new Duke Divinity School pastoral intern/planter-in-training for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you’d like to send Maggie a note of welcome, you can do so here. Here’s a little about Maggie in her own words…


Hello! My name is Maggie Thomas and I’m looking forward to being the Divinity School Intern at The Local Church this year! I’m in my second year of the MDiv program at Duke, and I’m excited to become part of your community. On Duke’s campus, I work as the Graduate Assistant at the Duke Women’s Center, coordinating gender violence prevention programming for the university as well as serve as the co-president of the Divinity School Women’s Center.

Before coming to Duke, I received my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 (Go Illini!). During my undergrad I worked at the UIUC Women’s Center as a workshop facilitator and at the University of Illinois Wesley Foundation as a peer minister. My time at Wesley was spent worship planning, leading Bible studies, coordinating service projects and international student life, and meeting wonderful people in the church and community. Wesley holds a special place in my heart because this past December my husband, Zach Harper, and I got married there! Similarly to me, he also graduated from UIUC and received a Bachelor of Crop Science and Biotechnology. He works in the Research Triangle for an Agriculture company and we enjoy living in Durham with our two dogs, Onyx and Atlas. Zach and I are both United Methodists and actually met at our church’s youth group back home in Illinois.

Outside of school and work, we enjoy camping, hiking, taking road trips, and exploring new foods, whether it’s at a restaurant or in our own kitchen. I’m excited to get to know the community of Pittsboro and to continue to make North Carolina home!

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