Intern with us at Sola!

Sola Internship – 2023

General Description: Internship at a Christian hospitality ministry to hikers on the Appalachian Trail in rural New York ( closely involved with the small (36 members) nearby Unionville Presbyterian Church (BPC). Three-month to four-month term preferred (May-August).

Work & Expectations: Regular tasks include welcoming Appalachian Trail hikers, making beds and doing laundry, hosting pancake breakfasts, evangelical conversing and praying with hikers. Other tasks may include gardening, posting updates on our website, writing thank-you notes to donors, and assisting with facility maintenance or improvements. The intern is expected to attend all stated meeting of the local Bible Presbyterian Church (Sunday morning service, one per month Sunday evening service, and Wednesday evening prayer). For seminarians (the preferred applicant) opportunities at the church may be available to teach and preach, to sit in on session meetings, to join the pastor or elder on home visitations, and to be active in community outreach. Time will be made available for study and writing of sermons and lessons. Total work expectation of 40 hours per week, with at least one day off in addition to minimal work on Sundays.

Compensation: The intern will have opportunities to learn about and practice Christian hospitality in a Gospel ministry. Some meals will be provided along with the free accommodation of an onsite private medium-sized bedroom sufficient for a single person or person with their spouse, along with shared bathroom. The salary will be paid through the Presbyterian Missionary Union (an agency approved by the Bible Presbyterian Church) on a monthly basis of $1250/month totaling up to a maximum of $5,000 for the course of the internship. Free parking for one vehicle is also provided. Opportunities will be available to hike on the Appalachian Trail and to visit NYC, 90 minutes away.

Ministry description: Sola – Appalachian Christian Retreat is a hospitality ministry ½ mile off of the Appalachian Trail in Unionville, NY. The basement level of the house has been converted to a guest space accommodating up to 4 hikers at a time. Guests come from all walks of life and from places all around the globe. We provide hikers with a place of respite, with shower, bed, A/C, Wifi, free Bibles, Gospel tracts, local trail information, prayer, and good conversations. On our approximately ½ acre property we have ever-expanding gardens as well as young fruit trees to bless hikers with the produce of in future years. It is a short 100-yard walk to the church, in a village of 612 residents with a post office, general store, pizza place, and tavern. The ministry is run by Pastor Doug Douma and his wife Priscilla who have two small children, Maple (4) and Birch (1).

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resume to with an explanation of their interest. Respond by Oct. 29th, 2022.





2 thoughts on “Intern with us at Sola!”

  1. Doug –
    A note from long-lost Mike Oliver of Carlsbad, Roswell (NM), and now Monument (CO).
    I have not sent Sola contributions to PMU for some time because there seemed to be administrative issues. Can I do a catch-up directly to your church? Do the elders/deacons allow money suggested for Sola to be used for Sola, or does it have to be sent directly to Sola or PMU?
    Still got that sermon about the “Three Fences” in the archives somewhere?
    Mike Oliver

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