Disciples News Service

Higher Education and Leadership Ministries announces fellows

The HELM Leadership Fellows Program, which supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership skills and who want to help lead transformative change in the church and the world, has added six students for the 2012-2013 academic year.These new fellows enter a significantly revamped program designed to introduce fellows to the rapid changes taking place in local Christian communities and provide experiences to help them serve as leaders in new and transforming congregations.This is also the first class of fellows to enter the program as second-year college students. The program will still be a four-year experience, with fellows continuing through their first post-college year.  With the help of coaches from across the denomination, fellows will each investigate the life and witness of a specific congregation with an eye toward learning how Christian communities are formed and renewed. They will meet for the annual Fellows Conference November 1-3 in Charlotte, North Carolina for worship, fellowship and to report on their investigations.HELM Leadership Fellows are selected based on their leadership potential, church participation, and academic promise. The Class of 2013-2014 is: 

  • Nelson Gould, a prospective Biology major at Chapman University, from Mayfair Christian Church in Stockton, California. 
  • Spencer Waters, a Business Administration and Legal Studies major at Culver-Stockton College, and a member of First Christian Church of Hannibal, Missouri.
  • Alexi Pyles, a Physical Therapy major at Bethany College, and member of Gateway Christian Church in Los Angeles, California.
  • Annaliese Baker, a Business and Marketing student at Chapman University and a member of Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas
  • Finley Baldwin, a Psychology major at North Carolina State University, from Hillyer Memorial Christian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Jonaphine Rae Mata, a Pre-Med student at the University of Texas-Austin and a member of United Christian Church in Austin, Texas.

These new fellows join 18 continuing fellows and over 70 alumni now serving throughout the church. More information