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David G. Vellenga

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Background Information

Employment History

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

North Carolina State University

Reserach Assistant

Triangle National Lithography Center

Stated Supply Pastor

Nutbush Church

Tentmaking Minister

Word

Education

San Francisco Theological Seminary

two-year degree

electronics

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Furthermore, everything ...

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Furthermore, everything Vellenga does at work is on a nanoscale level, about a million times smaller than the size of a pinhead.

Some might assume that a job this interesting could only be found in a top-secret government agency or underground laboratory.But in fact, David Vellenga works right here in our state, at the Triangle National Lithography Center (TNLC) at North Carolina State University.
This state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar facility, jointly founded by UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, is one of thirteen public user laboratories that make up the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.This organizational network coordinates research and development efforts in nanotechnology across the United States, and the TNLC is "just one part of this much larger picture," says Vellenga.
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David Vellenga, a reserach assistant at the TNLC, works at the Automated Wafer Track Console in the laboratory.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.
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Nathan Jernigan and Dr. Mingxing Wang, two researchers from UNC Charlotte, work with David Vellenga in the laboratory at the TNLC.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.


When David Vellenga ...

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When David Vellenga graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1971, he went straight into full-time pastoral work, following what is for many the standard path. But roughly seven years later, intrigued by hearing about a program funded by the Lilly Endowment to train "dual-role" clergy, Vellenga began to veer a different way.

When his wife went to work full-time - she's a computer programmer and systems analyst - Vellenga became a full-time dad, serving a small church on a part-time basis. He also earned a two-year degree in electronics.
And when the family moved to Raleigh, N.C., for his wife's career, Vellenga went to work full-time for a Research Triangle firm in microlithography, which is part of the process of making computer chips. He stayed in that job for 20 years, switching four years ago to similar work at North Carolina State University.
On the pastoral side, Vellenga took part-time church ministries - at a small church and doing pulpit supply. He's now the stated supply pastor at Nutbush Church, a congregation of about 40 members near Henderson, N.C., an historic congregation that has had a part-time pastor for decades.
"They're a small congregation that has really adapted well to part-time leadership and don't have a dependency relationship on the pastor, which I think is all really good," Vellenga said. "It of course relieves the financial burden, in that they don't have to support a full-time (economic) package for a pastor" - his health insurance and pension benefits are all supplied through his full-time job.
And the lay leaders "really have a sense of ownership about the church. … They basically do just about everything in the day-to-day operation of the church. He preaches on Sundays, performs weddings and funerals, and visits people who are ill.
For himself, Vellenga, 64, has enjoyed the balance between a technically-oriented job and one that focuses more on people.
Does he feel he's given anything up by switching from full-time ministry to tentmaking?
"Not really, no - I really like it," Vellenga said with a laugh.
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For presbyteries, having ministers who are to some extent financially independent can be uncomfortable, Vellenga said - although there's precedent for tentmaking from the earliest days of church history in the United States.
Vellenga also finds that his interactions with people at his technical job can be a form of ministry too.
"We come up against people who are totally different from Presbyterians," he said. "They are people of every faith, or none."
Outside the church, Vellenga never introduces himself as a minister to start with, although he does tell people about his pastoral work as he gets to know them.
"Sometimes they will share things with me that they might not want to even share with their own minister," Vellenga said.


Torture: Tribalism in extremis

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Written by David G. Vellenga

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DAVID G. VELLENGA is a tentmaking Minister of the Word and Sacrament who currently serves as stated supply to Nutbush Church in Townsville, N.C., and also serves on the staff of the North Carolina State University Nanofabrication Facility in Raleigh, N.C.


Furthermore, everything ...

www.ncnanotechnology.com [cached]

Furthermore, everything Vellenga does at work is on a nanoscale level, about a million times smaller than the size of a pinhead.

Some might assume that a job this interesting could only be found in a top-secret government agency or underground laboratory. But in fact, David Vellenga works right here in our state, at the Triangle National Lithography Center (TNLC) at North Carolina State University.
This state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar facility, jointly founded by UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, is one of thirteen public user laboratories that make up the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. This organizational network coordinates research and development efforts in nanotechnology across the United States, and the TNLC is "just one part of this much larger picture," says Vellenga.
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David Vellenga, a reserach assistant at the TNLC, works at the Automated Wafer Track Console in the laboratory.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.
Visual depiction of optical lithography, in which UV light passes through the glass mask plate (reticle) and projects the image onto the silicon wafer covered with thin photo-sensitive film. Image courtesy of Semiconductor Industry Association.
Nathan Jernigan and Dr. Mingxing Wang, two researchers from UNC Charlotte, work with David Vellenga in the laboratory at the TNLC.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.
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Image courtesy of David Vellenga, Triangle National Lithography Center.


I would say in regard to ...

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I would say in regard to Rev Vellenga that the institutional bias to full time ministers extends not only to CLP, and tent makers, but those who are second or third career people in the church currently.

But times are changing.As the denomination further declines in raw numbers many more churches will lapse into the small or financially challenged camp, alternative ministry solutions, such as CLP, tent makers, and alike will become the norm rather than the expection.What that says about us, about our current economic system that tells clergy to spend about maybe 200K in undergraduate and post graduate education for jobs that pay on average 40-55K a year, if they are luckly to land such in a placement in a shrinking church, is a question that no body desires to answer.
David G. VellengaPastor, Nutbush Church

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