Monday, September 24, 2018

UPDATE Week of September 24

Christian has gotten quite comfortable here in Winston-Salem

We are celebrating our first month together!

Some might say too comfortable!

ROUND TABLE was pretty special. It was hosted by the trio of Morgan Bonds, Kate Donahoo, and Ashley Trewhella from last year's Fellows class. JP Flynn also came to visit as well as Abby Holdsworth's brother and his girlfriend from Wilmington. 

My new friend Madison who also goes to UNCW has called their two going on three weeks out of school as a "hurrication" I think that is hilarious. 

All that to say - we had a lot of fun eating, laughing, worshipping, and praying together Monday night. 

We hold hands in the Fellows

LEADER LUNCH was also a special time led by Dr. Sanford Danziger, a new friend of mine. He has had multiple lives, including: working during the infancy of the Peace Corps, practicing as a shrink in California, serving on the faculty for the Center For Creative Leadership, and founding a consulting company called Totally Responsible Person (TRP). He has also been developing a new program that he and his compatriots call "Looking Forward." It is centered around asking questions and listening to the collective wisdom in the room. 

Sanford doing his thing

It begins with a simple question: "What is an experience I've had in life, and what did I learn from it?" The next thing you know, we are sharing these amazing stories with these amazing life lessons. I was absolutely blown away by the "wisdom in the room." Thank you Sanford!

Sanford and the Fellows (Thank you Robinhood YMCA for providing space!)


We started our coursework this week. Ben Milner kicked us off with some theological groundwork. 

Ben Milner

Clay Cooke then proceeded to show us that everything we thought we knew was wrong! Ha! Just kidding. However, Clay's course is certainly one of the most interesting, provocative classes I've ever experienced. thanks Clay!

Clay Cooke


The view from the other side of 52

Terrance Hawkins led us on a Freedom Ride Friday afternoon. What is a Freedom Ride you ask? It's a tour of Winston-Salem from a black person's perspective. 

Speaking of provocative. 

Terrance helping us see a better way
It was so eye opening. If you live in Winston-Salem, I recommend doing something like this - it will rock you. 

Thank you Terrance!


The Winston-Salem Fellows are hosting our second annual START WELL Breakfast 

October 4
At River Birch Lodge. 

This is a great chance to meet and interact with the Fellows as well as learn about opportunities to get involved and support them. 

If you want to come, please email or call (336) 413-4918

Please come!


We have got bios up for all our Fellows at

ALSO! Our application is up and open for 2019-20!!! holy moley!


Jenny Fulton

I had the distinct privilege of getting to introduce Jenny Fulton at Rotary Club on Tuesday


Chanice read scripture at River Oaks this week.

Way to go Chanice!

Happy Birthday!

We had the chance to celebrate the birthday of Waughtown Pediatrics

Ellen, Ashley, and Lia

Nic and Ellen

I also ran into Nic and Ellen while they were on a midday date on Monday. They are the hosts of Chanice. They also put me to shame with their midday dates on go guys!

Brian Dooley

 Instead of a date, I had the opportunity to meet with my mentee for Leadership Winston-Salem. His name is Brian Dooley and is one pretty stellar individual, as is his caregiver David. I'm lookng forward to our friendship!

the Board
We had a great board meeting on Wednesday. Christian and Abby came and shared about their experience thus far. We actually voted on something. It was exciting!

Anna Rose is going places
She was also elected/selected captain for the JV Field Hockey team at Summit. Go Eagles!

the Deacs played valiantly, but you it's not easy to beat a team that has nuns praying for it

Hope Hoe Down
 Hope Pres. had a hoe down Saturday. What a hoot!


We need support!

If you want to offer yours, write checks to
Winston-Salem Fellows
851 W. 5th St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

or give online at



We are anticipating another great week.

ROUND TABLE at the home of Chis and Virginia Perry
LEADER LUNCH at Nigel Alston - one of the best!
SAM AND EGGS fundraiser for the Samaritan Inn. We are helping to welcome guests and point them in the right direction
FORSYTH PROMISE Event on Thursday
CLASSES with Ben and Clay
Lia's family coming to town. 
Wake v. Rice...
among other things.

We couldn't be more grateful that you have joined us on this journey. Thank you!

Keep sharing the story and spreading the love!

Monday, September 17, 2018

UPDATE Week of September 17

The Winston-Salem Fellows and Greensboro Fellows

In the Fellows, we talk about living seamless lives - that we were created to be whole persons, not a bundle of disjointed parts living fragmented lives. This week we practiced that at church, at work, at home, with our friends, in public, and when no one else was looking.

It is the antidote to being all things to all people. It is seeking one purpose as you work toward being your true self at all times wherever you are.


Our Fellows were introduced to congregations across Winston-Salem.  

Here Peter Barnes is interviewing Andrew Miller, Kelly Martin and Garret Briggs at First Pres.

Here Mathu is reading Scripture at River Oaks Community Church

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Redeemer Presbyterian Church

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River Oaks Community Church
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This was a special Round Table because it was hosted by one of the parents of one of our Fellows: Garrett Briggs. 

Thank you Paul and Jennifer for beings such amazing hosts. Thanks Chuck and Shawn Hicks for crashing the party!

A beautiful night to eat and worship outside

After a questionable forecast, it was a fantastically beautiful night to eat outside and worship together by the fire. Other than the fact that I couldn't read my notes - it was perfect! 

Several Fellows were going strong after I left. You could hear the laughter from the sidewalk. It's amazing that we have only been together a few weeks. 


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We braved the forecast and forged ahead with three days of Professional Development with the Greensboro Fellows and our friends at the Center for Creative Leadership. Thank you Diane, Jayke, Jeffrey and Susan!

Day 1 - I gave a half day seminar on Emotional Intelligence (I know - ironic). We all learned a bunch. 

In class at HQ Greensboro

I look up to these guys so much

Day 2 - We went over our results for Myers Briggs and Strengths Finders and learned about Fixed and Growth Mindset. 

All of our J's

Journaling while getting photographed

Discussion around the table - wait - no - that's lunch!

This is me if I had a small torso and long legs

Andrew with his friend in the invisible shirt

Tim Spangler defining leadership

The Abby Holdsworth ladies and genltemen
Day 3 - We learned about communication and practiced SBI. From there we shifted to thinking, applying and working toward making vision statements for ourselves. 

Self Work

Group Work

Thanks Greensboro Fellows!

We partner with the Greensboro Fellows for these three days. Dodd and Becky are awesome! Thank you for hosting us Thursday and Friday!

My favorite photo series from the week...thanks to Aly and Chanice

The Vision Statements are always powerful. This year was no exception. 

So glad we took the risk and didn't cancel because of questions about weather!

A little fun on the van ride...


It was a strange weekend. Everything was canceled but nothing was closed. So the Fellows along with the rest of Winston-Salem went to the gym and then to the bagel station for breakfast

David drinking his morning coffee...

The bagel station was hopping Saturday morning

David: selfie photo cred

We then had game night over at host family extraordinaire The Paynters...

Homemade Cookie Sheet Cake and Ice Cream - come on!

I guess this is how Fellows hold hands now

This is how it looks when the guys win four on a couch


My good friend Chris Perry offered his reflections on 9/11 on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary

love this photo and caption from Tim

We met Trent's girlfriend Jess who came to visit as she fled the hurricane

Downtown libations
Bailey Park

Bringing the Word

The fighting Summit Eagles

Anna Rose was selected Captain for the game

I got yelled at for coach from the sidelines! Ha! I realized that it was the first game I have ever been to where I was not the coach for my children! 


TO THE 2018


Insert Garrett
The 2018-19 Fellows cordially invite you to join us at 
River Birch Lodge
October 4th

for the opportunity to share a great meal, 
meet the Fellows and support them. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at

If you want to support them right now.

Write checks to 
Winston-Salem Fellows
851 W. 5th St
WSNC 27101

or give online to


ROUND TABLE at Kate, Morgan and Ashley's!!! Woo-hoo!

LEADER LUNCH with Sanford Danziger

BIBLE STUDY with Beth Hilliard, David Rainey, Dustin Heath and Shannon Rainey

THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER at 8:15 at the WS Fellows Office

CLASSES with Dr. Clay Cooke and Ben Milner

FREEDOM RIDE with Terrence Hawkins

SATURDAY HOE DOWN at Hope Church for those who are not on Youth Trips!


Keep sharing the story and spreading the love...

Pray for Wilmington and Easter NC