Faces of Wesley: Ebony Van Duyne, Non-Profit Creator, Certified Yoga Instructor, Master of Theological Studies Student
Meet incoming Master of Theological Studies student Ebony Van Duyne. A New York City native, Ebony holds a B.A. in Criminology (John Jay College of Criminal Justice).
Though new to Wesley, Ebony has close familial ties to the Wesley Community. ”Many of my church family have walked the halls and obtained degrees from Wesley” said Ebony.
In fact, it was the combination of those relationships and Wesley’s innovative programs that inspired Ebony to pursue her theological studies at Wesley. “Wesley gave me no choice but to study here! “ said Ebony. “The curricular span, ranging from Faith and Health to Pastoral Care and Child & Youth Advocacy, affirm that I will be well equipped by Wesley! These programs are literally my ministry, Wesley and I are evenly yoked!” said Ebony.
Ebony’s seminary journey is just beginning, however she is no stranger to innovative ministry. Ebony is the founder of A Natural Ruby LLC, a popular program that seeks to inspire wholeness and well-being amongst adolescents through the practice of Yoga. “Our signature program, RubyGirls, is a wellness program for adolescent girls, where our primary focus is on their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing,” shared Ebony, a certified Yoga Instructor.
Something that we don’t know about Ebony? Ebony enjoys community, but she readily admits that she is a little introverted. “Although I possess a vibrant, outgoing personality, I’m quite introverted,” said Ebony.
Ebony is inspired by a quote that outlines characteristics she hopes will influence those who experience her ministry: “A beautiful woman uses her lips for truth, her voice for kindness, her ears for compassion, her hands for charity, and her heart for love. For those who do not like her, she uses prayer.” -She-Rises. “This quote represents a small portion of many characteristics and lessons that I hope to teach and instill within my mentees,” shared Ebony. #ANaturalRuby#yoga #wellness#FacesofWesley
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