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 a nine-month fellowship program that equips emerging leaders to integrate their faith and work to impact their workplaces and the city with the Gospel.

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.


  • Applicants should be in their mid-20s to 40s with at least two years of professional working experience.
  • Full-time parents are welcome to participate, and childcare can be made available for single-parent families or those with both parents participating in the program the same year.
  • We expect applicants to be active members of their church and in good standing. 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.
  • Each class typically includes 12-15 men and 12-15 women from a broad range of professional backgrounds, including law, finance, technology, education, government, medicine, real estate and the arts.
  • The program runs for 9 months from late August through early May
  • Extensive reading (50-100pp/week) and several projects
  • Guided daily devotionals
  • Weekly 2-hour classes (one cohort meets on Sunday night, the other on Tuesday night)
  • Monthly Saturdays programs in the city focusing on a different industry/vocation
  • Monthly meeting with your New City mentor
  • Three quarterly retreats, typically in early September, mid-January, and 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 in three options: 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 reductions off of tuition. Requests for scholarships should be submitted in writing after applicants are accepted, in a letter outlining their 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.
  • Further COVID-19 reductions. We anticipate the 2020-21 program year beginning on time in the fall of 2020, and occurring in-person. In the event a part of the year occurs online, any savings to the program will go toward further tuition reductions.

Applications will be accepted between January 1st and May 10th for the upcoming year.

Early application incentive: applications submitted by April 1st, 2020 will receive a $100 discount off gross tuition if admitted, in addition to other available scholarships.

Fellows will be selected by an 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.

Decisions on all applications will be announced mid-late May.

Feel free to reach out and email us any time. We’d be glad to set up a chat on the phone or videoconference and answer any questions you may have about the program.



Josh Chatraw

Director of the Center for Public Christianity


Daniel Lee

Program Coordinator of the Center for Public Christianity


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:

Jonathan Pennington

Jonathan Pennington

Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of Human Flourishing Ministries
Feb. 11-13, 2021

Kristen Deede Johnson

Kristen Deede Johnson

Dean & Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Theology and Christian Formation at Western Theological Seminary
Spring 2021

Wesley Burks

Wesley Burks

Dean of UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care
Jan. 23, 2021

Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland

Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology and Associate Vice President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Nov. 1-3, 2020


Bruce Ashford

Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Oct. 4-6, 2020


Lisa Berwyn

Director of Advancement & Donor Engagement at Communities in Schools Wake County
Nov. 7, 2020


Joy Currey

Founder & President of Corral Riding Academy
Nov. 7, 2020


Douglas Estes

Associate Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at South University
Jan. 24-26, 2021


John Fooshee

President of People Launching & Co-Founder of Gospel Enneagram
Dec. 12, 2020

Gil Greggs

Gil Greggs

Director of Academic Symposia & Upper School History Teacher at St. David’s School
Oct. 10, 2020


Frank Hill

Director of The Institute for the Public Trust
Oct. 10, 2020


John Kane

Founder & CEO of Kane Realty Corporation
Mar. 20, 2020


Warren Kinghorn

Associate Research Professor of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center
Jan. 23, 2021

LaToya Montague

LaToya Montague

Executive Director of Communities in Schools Wake County
Nov. 7, 2020


Karen Swallow Prior

Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
April 18-20, 2021

Taylor Worley

Taylor Worley

Visiting Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University; Managing Director of Center for Transformational Churches
Feb. 7-9, 2021

George Yancey

George Yancey

Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and Professor at Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion
Oct. 14, 2020

Teaching Assistants

Alex Ford

Former Marketing and Communications Manager at Jobs for Life

Press McPhaul

Head Coach of NC State University’s Men’s Golf Team

Sally Smith

Program Coordinator at Mission Triangle

Melissa Thornton

Engagement & Learning Innovation Manager at Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Testimonials and Endorsements