New City Fellows

“It is for this reason that the present age is better than Christendom. In the old Christendom, everyone was a Christian and hardly anyone thought twice about it. But in the present age the survivor of theory and consumption becomes the wayfarer in the desert, like St. Anthony; which is to say, open to signs.”

― Walker Percy, Signposts in a Strange Land


New City Fellows is an eight-month fellowship and discipleship program that equips emerging leaders and professionals to connect faith, work, and culture and become leaders in the renewal of Raleigh and the Triangle.

With an emphasis on formative practices, public theology, and the practical wisdom within the Christian tradition, New City Fellows is an immersive program that provides Fellows with four foundational areas of growth:


Foundational Areas of Growth

Theological Training

Through reading, classes, discussion, and reflection, Fellows gain a robust vision for how the Gospel affects every aspect of life, and how they can engage the rapidly changing and diverse culture of Raleigh. Areas of study include:

  • Core Christian theology
  • Bible and worldview
  • Apologetics
  • Theology of culture
  • Christian approaches to various vocations/industries and cultural issues
  • Works read include those by St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Stott, N.T. Wright, Abraham Kuyper, Tim Keller, James Davison Hunter, Martin Luther King Jr., James K.A. Smith, Dorothy Sayers, Vince Bacote, Andy Crouch, Karen Swallow Prior, and many contemporary writers.

Community Formation

The program provides a community of peers from diverse backgrounds and vocations who are committed to each other’s spiritual growth and the collective calling to serve the common good of Raleigh. In addition, the program fosters relationships through:

  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Interaction with prominent leaders in various fields and the local church (see Faculty below)
  • Group reflection, prayer, and discussion

Spiritual and Personal Development

New City cultivates character formation and spiritual growth in our fellows through:

  • Devotional practices and spiritual disciplines drawn from throughout Christian history
  • Three quarterly retreats

Cultural Renewal

We train our Fellow to understand and effectively engage and impact the culture of their workplace and the city with the gospel by developing a theologically informed imagination and vision of renewal, culminating with a project for implementing that vision.

Watch the Virtual Info Session

Learn more and hear from staff and Fellows about joining the next class of New City Fellows.


  • Applicants should be in their mid-20s to 40s who are members of or actively involved in their church. We welcome applications from members of any church in Raleigh or the Triangle that holds to the historic Christian beliefs outlined in the Nicene Creed.
  • Full-time parents are welcome to participate, and childcare is available for single-parent families or those with both parents participating in the program the same year.
  • Each class typically includes 12-15 men and 12-15 women from a broad range of backgrounds, including full-time parents, students, those in career transitions, and working professionals in various industries (law, finance, technology, nonprofit leadership, vocational ministry, education, government, medicine, real estate, and the arts).

New City Fellows is an immersive program that is meant to lead to foster spiritual growth and life change. The program runs for eight months from late August through early May (see draft calendar for class of 2023-2024). It also includes the following:

  • Summer assignments to complete before the program begins
  • Extensive reading (15-20 pages per day) and several projects
  • Guided daily devotionals for the eight months
  • Weekly 2-hour classes (typically one cohort meets on Sunday evening, the other Monday evening)
  • Monthly Saturday programs in the city focusing on a different industry/vocation
  • Monthly meeting with your New City mentor
  • Three quarterly retreats, typically in early September, midwinter, and late April/early May
  • Tuition is $2,000 before scholarships and discounts. Tuition covers all program expenses, including curriculum and reading materials, weekly classes, monthly Saturday programs, and weekend retreats.
  • Need-based scholarships are available with 1/4 or 1/2 reductions off of tuition. Requests for scholarships should be submitted in writing with the application materials, or by May 15, in a letter indicating the amount requested and outlining the need for a scholarship. Scholarships are typically very generous.
  • Discounts are also available, and include: early application discounts of $100, and book-sharing discounts for spouses of $200.
  • A monthly payment plan is offered.

Applications are accepted between January 1 and May 15 of the upcoming program year. Applications submitted by April 1 receive an early application discount of $100 off tuition.

Fellows are selected by our admissions committee on the basis of:

  • commitment to the Gospel and ongoing renewal of our city;
  • spiritual maturity; and
  • ability to fulfill their commitment to the NCF program.


  • Feel free to reach out and email us any time. We’d be glad to meet you over coffee or via phone/videoconference and answer any questions you may have about the program.


  • Learn more and hear from Center staff and current Fellows (length: 56 min) and download our presentation on the program. Fill out the following form and a link will be sent to your email.
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Daniel J. Lee

Director of New City Fellows


Dr. Josh D. Chatraw

Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism and Cultural Engagement, Beeson Divinity School


Rev. Dr. John Yates III

Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Visiting Faculty

Our faculty each year is comprised of our staff, partner church leaders, and visiting lecturers. This year’s visiting faculty includes:


Warren Kinghorn

Associate Research Professor of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center
Jan. 13, 2024


Karen Swallow Prior

Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Feb. 26, 2024

Jonathan Pennington

Jonathan Pennington

Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of Human Flourishing Ministries
Feb. 9-11, 2024

Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland

Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology and Associate Vice President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Nov. 5, 2023


Lisa Berwyn

Director of Advancement & Donor Engagement at Communities in Schools Wake County
Nov. 5, 2022

Wesley Burks

Wesley Burks

Dean of UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care
Jan. 13, 2024


Joy Currey

Founder & President of Corral Riding Academy
Nov. 4, 2023


Anissa Ferris

Dec. 16, 2023

Gil Greggs

Gil Greggs

Director of Academic Symposia & Upper School History Teacher at St. David’s School
Oct. 15, 2022


Frank Hill

Director of The Institute for the Public Trust
Oct. 15, 2022


John Kane

Founder & CEO of Kane Realty Corporation
Mar. 25, 2023


Pope “Mac” McCorkle

Professor of the Practice at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
Oct. 15, 2022

LaToya Montague

LaToya Montague

Executive Director of Communities in Schools Wake County
Nov. 5, 2022


Joan & Jim Perry

Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Oct. 9, 2021

Michele Suffridge

Michele Suffridge

Executive Director of Refugee Hope Partners
Nov. 4, 2023

Taylor Worley

Taylor Worley

Visiting Associate Professor of Art History, Wheaton College; Project Director of ‘Thinking about Thinking: Conceptual Art and the Contemplative Tradition’
Jan. 29-31, 2023

Teaching Assistants

Mallory Cunningham

David Stremic

Testimonials and Endorsements