Yale Divinity School Selects WCC as Field Education Site

Yale Divinity School Selects WCC as Field Education Site

Yale Divinity School (YDS) has chosen Waquoit Congregational Church as a field education site for current and future students in ministry studies. This summer Waquoit is working work with YDS student, Courtney Esteves, a New Haven resident and New York native.

Ms. Esteves is also enrolled in the Andover Newton Seminary tract at YDS, which provides specific programs for those exploring a call to parish ministry.

“It’s an honor to work Courtney and Yale Divinity School,” said Rev. Nell Fields, minister of the Waquoit Church. “Courtney is super bright and her ministry aligns with our mission to be a welcoming and reconciling faith community. She brings a wealth of ideas, knowledge, and talent. And, I love she is taking the Andover Newton tract since that is where I went to seminary.”

 Ms. Esteves’ field work includes preaching, worship, pastoral visitation, community involvement, and leading a weekly prayer group. She’s also involved in the church’s senior meal program which delivers fully-prepared meals to seniors and shut ins.

“It’s exciting to work with such a loving and welcoming faith community,” said Ms. Esteves. “Falmouth is an incredible community. I’ve meet so many wonderful people and have attended a wide variety of activities, including the blessing of dogs at Highfield Hall. I’m having a lot of fun and learning a lot as well.”

Ms. Esteves grew up in New York City before moving to Massachusetts to attend the College of the Holy Cross, where she graduated in 2019 with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies. She plans to be a parish minister after graduation.