Monday, March 19, 2018

UPDATE Week of March 19

We tried

Hold onto your seats because this Update is slam packed with good stuff. 


Caleb fills out his bracket

Monday. It seems like a long time ago, but remember it snowed last Monday? Well, we survived school cancellations and juggling work and kids to end up having a great day. 

Lia and I got to spend the afternoon with our sweet dear friends Barnes and Elizabeth Harris. Elizabeth is Natalie's mentor. Both are having a wonderful second semester. 

David and I got to play with Winnie possibly one last time in the snow. 

Round Table was at Chris and Virginia Perry. Chris had a board meeting to attend. Virginia and I agreed it was about half as fun as usual. 

I intended to let the Fellows out early, but we ended up staying late. (So much for my talk on Time Management!) Ha!

Truth be told - it wasn't my Time Management talk that got us in trouble - it was how much we enjoy being together that did us in!

Tuesday. The admissions team interviewed a most excellent Fellows candidate, another home grown talent named Math Gibson. 

Mathu has an incredible story. 
We extended him an offer. I hope he accepts!

Wednesday Leader Lunch was with my good buddy Drew Gerstmyer. He operates somewhat like a secret agent, which is the reason why he is hiding in this picture.

Where is he?

But he did give me permission to show you the Cougar he made for Winston-Salem's newest music venue the Ramkat. 

Thursday. After getting breakfast with another one of our amazing mentors Charlie Barham (I've been trying to meet with them all individually (shout out to Betsy Turner and Michelle Schapira!)

I headed to Davidson College for some recruiting. 

I met Anna at Stone Mountain but she is the kind of gal we are looking for!
I love being back at my alma mater. This gal already has a job in DC but it didn't stop me from talking to her about Winston-Salem!

Another highlight was spending time with one of my favorite recent Mount Tabor graduates, Gracie Petty

Gracie is one of the best humans on the planet

She introduced me to a whole bunch of people, including these Buddhist Monks!!!

The Original Shock Top

Is it just me or do these two guys look similar?

It was a fantastic day. 

Abbey and Sarah visited David at school while I was away. 

Then went up to Pilot Mountain with Morgan to watch the sunset

Only in Winston can you go to work, visit David and watch the sunset from the top of a mountain in one afternoon.

Friday and Saturday.

Tent Life

After class and a recruiting sesh from Wake Forest (Wake was recruiting Fellows for their business programs!), we headed up to Stone Mountain for our long-awaited Spring Campout. 

It was a first ever campout for Grace Mezzy and Abbey Sams!

First ever!

Friday was astoundingly beautiful. 

Perfect for Spikeball, Frisbee and Football

Lots of Eno-ing.

Hobo dinners and Crescent Rolls on a stick.

Sarah was a grill master!

On Saturday, we climbed to the summit. 
the approach

What a day!

We tried to replicate last year's picture...

One of these years we will get it right!

We missed Tucker and Tate who had to miss for various reasons. But great fun was had by all!

Sunday several Fellows crashed Hope Presbyterian to hear from our guest preacher. 

Yep. That's Tim Keller

Me and Reese
I actually missed going to Hope because Reese asked me to play guitar for his church. (Their original guitarist got hit by a car on Saturday! Yikes! He's OK.)

More pics at the end...


We have another homegrown talent coming our way via Chapel Hill. 

Tim graduated from Mount Tabor and is finishing up a degree in History and Psychology from UNC. I met him over the Christmas Break to administer an assessment that I do with the Fellows that helps them figure out how they tick. 

Through it, I became convinced that what Tim really needed was to be a Fellow!

Now, here we are! Welcome Tim. This year is going to be big!

Lots of exclamation points here!

We are waiting to hear back from a couple recent invitations. Another invite is going out after I send this update. I've got a phone call with another recruit this afternoon. And we are pursuing another fine young woman who has yet to apply. 

Things are certainly happening! If you know of anyone who has been on the fence (maybe you) about applying - now is the time. You better get on it - now!


Not much to report except we are about to send a big check to Mission Emanuel!

If you want to help us along those lines, please send your contribution to 

Winston-Salem Fellows 
851 W. 5th St. 
WSNV 27101

or online at


Round Table is at the Ericksons! Boo-yah!

Leader Lunch is with Mike Ford

Friday Class we continue with Rob and begin a short seminar course with Giorgio Hiatt

This weekend we will definitely be up to some shenanigans...

Thanks y'all!

Keep praying! Keep sharing the story. Keep spreading the love!

More PICS!!!

Grace with River Oaks friends at Sweet Frog also known as River Oaks annex

Happy Campers

Anna Rose rocking Immigration Day (more on this tomorrow on blog)

Natalie stares at outer space from what looks like outer space

Three heads are better than one

Stone Mountain Approach

Working my long face

Tate and his Chapel Hill boys carving up Colorado

Abbey living large at Krankies

Reese and Julia took David to the arcade...lucky David

Eno fun

Eno fun 2

Julia and David rocking the shamrocks at Art for Arts Sake

Monday, March 12, 2018

UPDATE Week of March 12

Tucker's burning up the job front


I don't know what they're doing over there at Habitat for Humanity, but their new employee photos are eye-catching! Actually, it was just our Graphic Design savvy Tate Heisler who put this little gem together of Tucker. Hilarious!

Tate showing us where all the creativity comes from

Tate and Tucker were working remotely at one point this week. 

note to employer.

While I'm thinking of it, a special thank you to all our employers!

ROUND TABLE. We had a very special Round Table with our friends, Bill and Myrtie Davis.

Thank you Bill and Myrtie!

Grace led us in a cheer. And then MYRTIE blew us away with a cheer of her own!

Not sure how to make the video horizontal. But wow! Myrtie. She is truly amazing.

LEADER LUNCH. We continued our Senior Theme with a Leader Lunch at Senior Services with friends: President and CEO Lee Covington, COO Kristen Perry, and Fellows Alum Jessica Kok!

It was great having an insider to put everything together. Thanks Jessica!

Lee gave a talk on the three R's of his vocational journey: "Risk, Resilience, and Relationships." Thanks Lee!

The Fellows had some great questions, and a good time truly was had by all!

thank you team Senior Services!

That afternoon was a little crazy. 

The guys had small group. 

The girls went to Sheetz. 

So many choices

I went to an interview with a potential Fellow, then, met up with Andrew Miller who has already accepted. Here's Andrew:

We audibled and went to Reynolda Gardens to celebrate Morgan's birthday. 

I'm not saying where they got those flowers

The Fellows tradition of going around and sharing what they love about the birthday person. 

Then, we and the recruits went to dinner before heading back home. Whew!

Thursday was just as full!

The highlight was going out to support Tucker, who was performing at an open mic at the Muddy Creek Cafe. 

Check him out! There are two more on YouTube where that came from:

What a night!

FRIDAY was class day. David Speakman finished up his three week seminar and received a standing ovation for his efforts. 

This weekend was a well-earned family weekend for the director. 

Next week we are camping!


Welcome Connor Pereyo

Connor and his friend Dana
Connor comes to us from Greenville, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University right up the road where he has studied marketing and volunteered as a Young Life leader. The dude is awesome. I can't wait for you to meet him! Welcome, Connor!


Thank you all for supporting the Fellows.

We are looking at raising $10,000 to go toward our Dominican Republic Mission Trip to Mission Emanuel. If you would like to contribute to this cause or to support us generally, here is how you do it:


Or send checks to

Winston-Salem Fellows
851 W. 5th St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101



I'm writing this as I am looking at the snow fall from the sky...but the current plan is.

Round Table at the Perry's
Leader Lunch with Drew Gerstymer (one of the Developers of the brand new RamKat Music Venue among like twenty other things)
Friday Class with Rob
Friday-Sunday Fellows Camping Trip near Brevard, NC.

- I'm slammed with a full schedule. Lots of good things. Probably need this snow day!
- Keep praying for Recruiting. We have another big interview on Tuesday. And we plan to send out some invitations this week. Hoping for another interview this weekend with a potential fellow.
- Keep praying for health. Natalie came down with the flu. And I've got the sniffles.
- Pray also for Board Recruitment. The Advancement Team is working hard to nail down our next class of Board Members.


A few more great pics from the week...

Who is ready for March Madness?