Monday, June 19, 2017

Update Week of June 12

This week has been a bunch of organizing and planning. As seen above, I have been updating our website. In the next few weeks, I'll be posting updates on the Class of 2016-17 page as well as adding in a Class of 2017-18 page!

I have also added in a What Sets Us Apart. Check it out and explore!

Turning the page

I took a big step this week and erased the whiteboard.


For those of you who wonder what a Fellows Director does in the summer - that's quite a visual!

Fortunately, I am not alone in getting it done. We have got a great program committee and lots of friends. But don't be surprised if you get a call from me!

The Truth

David, Noah, and Ned left to right
I had a lot of fun getting interviewed by two great guys, Noah and Davis, at Stu Epperson Jr.'s Truth Network Radio Station.

I don't think it has been broadcasted yet. I'll let you know!

Thanks Stu for the radio time!

(He won't want me to tell you this story but last week Stu was in the Dollar Tree and saw they were selling Bibles. He got so fired up about a Priceless Book being sold for a dollar - he bought all of them. And then gave them away! Ha! Love that man.)

Recruitment Update

As sad as I am to see our inaugural class move on, I am excited about this new class coming in. Right now, we are awaiting to hear back from what we hope is our eleventh Fellow. We will take one more - so if you know anybody - please get them in contact with me.

Program Update

We have had some great developments, curriculum-wise. Dr. Jack Wilkerson and Dr. Clay Cooke have both re-upped for this year. We are also looking to add in Nigel Alston (for Leadership), Joe Moore (for Spiritual Formation), and Rob Alexander (for Theology of Work). See Bios Here

We are also re-committing to the Center for Creative Leadership after making some enhancements that we are very excited about. And just today, I learned that Fil Anderson is interested in teaching as well! Oh man! This year is going to be incredible!

The Triple

We had a triple birthday party on Saturday, celebrating Sean Henderson, Dakota Lee and Julia Lovett, all June birthdays.

Somehow I was permitted to share the couch with the birthday people. What an honor!

On the Home front

Grace, Georgia, Anna Rose and Olivia

Anna Rose is in heaven this week, also known as Camp Cheerio, with some of her best friends. Back at home, it is very quiet. Ha!

Lia and I continue to do well. We had one of our new Fellows babysit for us Saturday night. Extremely excited that Natalie Bayer is here and already settling in. 

For me, I had the chance to meet with some great people. Shout outs to Stu Epperson Jr., Sam Best, Dakota Lee, Jonathan Murfee, the good people at CCL, Dodd Drake, Mike Gatton, Nigel Alston, the good people at the Center for a Creative Economy, Natalie Bayer, Robbie Mills, and David Jorgenson. This week is shaping up the same way. Very thankful. 

Ways to help

- Pray for Fellows old and new, the Director and his family, and all the volunteers and contributors.
- Financial Support. Go to  or send a check to WS Fellows 851 W. 5th St. WSNC 27101
- Contact us about hosting a Fellow or providing a spot for Round Table or volunteering to Mentor or provide an experience or service opportunity, etc.
- Set up a time to meet to learn more


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UPDATE Weeks of May 29 and June 5


The Inaugural Class of the Winston-Salem Fellows spent the last three days of the program up in the mountains where it all began. 

It was a sweet time of reflection and closure. The theme was to End Well - with each other, with the director, and with Jesus - not that any of these relationships are ending. The goal was to mark the milestone, to say the things that needed being said, and to celebrate all that had been accomplished. 

There was fun to be had as well. 

Dave Dave - future fellow
Allegheny Jubilee
 We went dancing Tuesday night at the Allegheny Jubilee. So much fun. The highlight was coming up on stage and singing "Wagon Wheel" for all the locals. There is a video out there somewhere...

Tubing down the New River
Wednesday we went tubing, living out the metaphor of letting the long, wide river of grace lead you on the journey.

We tried on Quilt Aprons
Doughton Park
We ended our last Advance on top of Bluff Mountain after a morning of worship and tears of joy. 

Sean has remained his amazing self
Sarabeth honorary Fellow
That evening we celebrated our honorary Fellow, Sarabeth Abbey, at her bridal shower!

Friday and Saturday, we helped each other move out and move in to our new homes!


We have had a great last month!

The Year 2 Class of the Winston-Salem Fellows is coming together better than could be imagined. 

We are now up to ten commitments, with an eleventh just around the corner. There are a few more that we are in dialogue with, but we would ask your help in filling our last one or two slots. We are now maxed out on gals, but if you know of a guy, now is the time to connect us!

Ways to help!

Spread the word that we have 1 or 2 spaces available. 
Contact me if you are interested in Hosting a Fellow next year.
Contact me if you are interested in Mentoring a Fellow next year.
Contact me if you are interested in Employing a Fellow next year.


Last week, the Erickson fam took a needed vacation down south with Lia's side of the family.  

The fam
Chacala means Shrimp-land. We did not know that before we arrived, but it certainly helped explain why we had shrimp at almost every meal!

The whole Simpson family

After stacking rocks, we did some yoga moves

We discovered ancient pertoglyphs, like Corn-Man

The cousins, some of them

A-Ro paddleboarded

Anna Rose and Evy by the pool

My beautiful girl is turning into a beautiful young lady

Like her mom

Dave Dave took the lead on our jungle hike

He drank fruity non-alcoholic beverages by the pool

Learned to conquer the waves

Daddy did some kayaking 

He climbed statues

Took the Hobie Cat for spin

And wore teal

I need to update you on where all the Fellows are going! (8.5 of the 11 are staying in Winston!)

I need to start introducing you to the class of 2018.

Today, I have a meeting to discuss how to recruit more minority Fellows. Then, I'm getting interviewed for Truth FM.

Meanwhile, the Program Committee is at work lining up jobs, churches, host families and mentors for next year.

Lots to keep me busy. Lots to be thankful for.

Including you all!

Thanks for your partnership. Here is one more way to get involved.

Donating! Checks to Winston-Salem Fellows

Our address is 851 W. 5th Street. WSNC 27101
Or online at