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:

Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2021

Applications due Sun, May 10, 2020

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:


James KA Smith

Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College; Editor of Image Journal
Feb. 21-22, 2020


Mark Allen

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Apologetics & Cultural Engagement at Liberty University’s School of Divinity
Dec. 8-10, 2019


Christina Carnes Ananias

PhD Candidate in Theology & the Arts at Duke Divinity School
Apr. 19-21, 2020


Bruce Ashford

Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mar. 1-3, 2020


Andrew Cash

Owner & Operator of Jubala Coffee
Apr. 5-7, 2020


Joy Currey

Founder & President of Corral Riding Academy
Nov. 16, 2019


John Fooshee

President of People Launching & Co-Founder of Gospel Enneagram
Dec. 14, 2019


Jerome Gay

Founder & Lead Pastor of Vision Church
Nov. 10-12, 2019


Dexter Hebert

Executive Branch Director of SE Raleigh YMCA
Nov. 16, 2019


Frank Hill

Director of The Institute for the Public Trust
Oct. 5, 2019


John Kane

Founder & CEO of Kane Realty Corporation
Mar. 21, 2020


Warren Kinghorn

Associate Research Professor of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center
Feb. 1, 2020

Stuart Knechtle

Stuart Knechtle

William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Duke University Hospital
Feb. 1, 2020


Pope Mac McCorkle

Professor of the Practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy
Oct. 5, 2019


Jon Mills

Regional Vice President of YMCA of the Triangle
Nov. 16, 2019


Joan & Jim Perry

Pediatrician; former Candidate for Congress
Oct. 5, 2019


David Reynolds

Real estate developer; Owner & Operator of Second Empire Restaurant
Apr. 5-7, 2020


Jesma Reynolds

Founding Creative Director of Walter Magazine
Apr. 5-7, 2020

Taylor Worley

Taylor Worley

Visiting Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University; Managing Director of Center for Transformational Churches
Feb. 2-4, 2020

Teaching Assistants

Paige Burr

Director of Client Services & Senior Account Executive, Angel Oak Creative

Kevin Graybeal

Procurement and Vendor Manager at Doe & Ingalls, Thermo Fisher

Crystal Chen Lee

Assistant Professor of English Language Arts Education, NC State College of Education

Nicholas Sailer

Founder & Creative Director, Praxis Story/Design/Strategy

Testimonials and Endorsements