Monday, January 14, 2019

UPDATE Week of January 14

Congratulations Reese and Julia!


The Winston-Salem Fellows celebrated their first Fellows wedding over the weekend. 

Twenty-four hours after these two first met...

Two and a half years later!

We were the butt of many of laugh as it was mentioned more than once that these two were kept apart by the no dating a fellow Fellow rule! - HA!

One of the reasons, I believe so strongly in that rule, by the way, is that it can lead to this - one of the most joyful, celebratory weddings I have ever witnessed. 

Congratulations Reese and Julia! We love you and are so excited to see you guys finally hitched!

(more photos later)


A Festive Round Table

I couldn't imagine a better way to start the second semester with a Round Table with Bill and Myrtie Davis. What a great night!

Bill Davis always insists on being the photographer!
I asked Bill and Myrtie for some relationship advice. They talked about forgivness and having a sense of humor. 

That modeled the latter multiple times during our evening with them. Thank you guys!

We finished early so we could watch the Alabama Clemson game (go Tigers!)


Sure was bright
Jay Helvey was our speaker this week. He has such a great story. Some of the notes I took had to do with the importance of building social capital and a portfolio of community connections. That is true wealth. 

He also talked about following God's lead. Even though it didn't often lead where he expected it would lead - it always led to great blessings. 

We left inspired and encouraged. Thank you Jay!


A true Fellows welcome
We had an awesome interview with Logan Russell, a senior from Davidson College. 

Applications are a bit slow this year. I've been in contact with two females and a couple males, but as of today we only have one interview set. 


specifically: Pray that we will be able to fill our class with 12 outstanding Fellows by the end of May. 

Thank you! 

Hey college seniors! I'm not saying that it will lead to this - but what if it did...apply today!


We are so thankful for our financial partners. Folks ask us "How are you able to do so much?" Well, one of the reasons is because of our generous donors that free the director up to focus on the work and not the fundraising. 


If you would like to join the support team, send checks to 

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

or give on line at


Shannon Rainey

My right hand woman has had major knee surgery and will be out of commission for a couple months. Please pray for her FULL RECOVERY! 

And pray I can survive without her!


Monday: ROUND TABLE - Christian and Katie Moretz (Hosts of Tim Spangler)

Wednesday: LEADER LUNCH - Curtis Harrington - Gym Owner and owner of F.A.S.T. (Families Athletically Striving Together)

Curtis Harrington

In addition to speaking - he is going to lead us in a Group Workout!


Friday: Classes continue. Ned will be in Greensboro teaching the Piedmont Fellows!

This weekend Lia and I are heading to a Young Life Africa Conference! Woo Hoo!


Picture of a Polaroid
Rehearsal dinner

Campbell and I taking a break from dancing

Are officiants supposed to cry? This one did!

Bryan at home at Bill and Myrtie's

One day away!

I would love for Anna Rose to grow up to be like Julia

Three beauties

Photo Cred: Natalie Bayer

Goodie Bags

Here comes the bride!
Laugh crying all the way down the aisle

Aly, Abby and Chanice at Bill and Myrtie

Young Lives women at the wedding

The one and only Dakota Lee

Game time

First dance

they put on a show!

Abby and Lia holding Abby and Lia

Monday, January 07, 2019

UPDATE Week of January 7

They're Back!


We just got back from our midway Re-Orientation Winter Advance down at Kure Beach near Wilmington. 

Jumping for joy! Even Tim who is jumping on the inside.

If you notice that Bryan wasn't in our group photos - he unfortunately had to leave early because he was in a wedding. This is his sad face. I'm sure there are lots of photos of him at the wedding though...

You were missed Bryan!!!

It was five days of reconnecting as we gave each other the space and time to share life our life stories. There were plenty of laughs and plenty of tears.

At the end of it all - we fell even more in love as a group and were overwhelmed with a knowledge of our acceptance and our belonging to each other.

Can't wait to see where that commitment will take our community.

I also believe that stories can change the world. And let me tell you - these Fellows have some amazing stories to share!

Cooking Teams

Each night the Fellows teamed up to plan and cook dinner
Bacon, Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese Pepper Poppers! YUM!!!
Pesto Pasta to die for! Thanks Ashby for the recipe!

Wake N Bake Donuts - sometimes I forget how short I am!!!

Trent digs in to a Purple Haze

Tim and Kelly
Loud and Proud
Seriously, feeling small y'all!

Were cloudy and dreary. The rain dumped down Friday night. 

Fort Fischer Excursion
Natural Jungle Gym
Three Amigos

Not easy to get Trent to come down


Game night with the Holdsworths

Mother and Daughter


Chanice prays with Aly before Aly shares her life story
The weather finally turned sunny!

We picked up some friends along the way
Carolina Beach State Park
Do not try this at home or away from home
What a day!

Trent, Garrett and I did the Polar Plunge

Golden Hour

We ran out to the beach to take photos

The Gals

Andrew and Ned

The man, the myth

The legend - Mathu Gibson

Andrew Miller

Laura Johnson

wait for it...

Trent Hancock

wait again...

Tim Spanger

Trent and Andrew

Aly Hall

Ned Erickson

Bookended by some serious men

Kelly and Aly

Kelly and Trent

Selfie time

Didn't expect that!

Life is Bueno

Christian McConnon

toward the future

Kelly Martin

Christian McConnon. Photo Bomb Credit: Garrett Briggs


Caught the sunrise next to this dude who welcomed the morning by playing his conch shell. #bestwaytostarttheday


We got back in time for me to goto small group, then a worship meeting, then watch the Eagles eek out a victory up at Soldier Field.


David made a Bottle Rocket with Vinegar and Baking Soda


The Family Performed up in Columbus for New Years


THANK YOU! To all of you who supported us in 2018 - THANK YOU!!!

For all of you who want to get an early start on 2019 - Here is how

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

or give on line at


Monday - Round Table at Bill and Myrtie Davis'

Wednesday - Leader Lunch with Jay Helvey and resuming Community Service

Thursday - Interviewing a Potential Fellow!

Friday - Two New Classes! Theology of Work with Rob Alexander and Business Ethics with Jack Wilkerson

Then the fun begins!!!

Saturday - Year One Fellows Reese and Julia are getting MARRIED!!!!!

Praying the snow holds off!

Thanks you all! Keep sharing your story and spreading the love everywhere you go.