Monday, April 29, 2019

UPDATE Week of April 29

The Fellows were here!


Another great week in the life of the Fellows. 

Get ready: lots of photos coming your way.

Tim loves photos

Even Laura, who typically avoids photos, loves the photos this week

Monday: Round Table with Kevin and Becky Dollinger. The Dollingers are the host family for Christian McConnon. they live south of town on a beautiful property that backs up to a cow pasture. 

Laura almost hit a deer on the way home. 

A beautiful night was had by all. Thanks Dollingers!

Tuesday: Aly Hall had her first article published for the Board of Elections!

riveting stuff right here

Ned also got to meet Mathu's mom. Pretty fired up about that. 

Also - you got to get on Mathu's blog It is SO GOOD!

Wednesday: Leader Lunch with Bill Satterwite

This way to lunch

Bill was great. He covered a range of topics (as you might expect Bill Saterwite to do). It was also as you might expect enlightening and inspiring. Thanks Bill!

the Rooftop at Bailey Powerplant
Sorry Andrew. Leader Lunch photo fail
Also: Laura Johnson got to be part of signing day at RJ Reynolds!

Super Coach right there
In the act of signing. Congrats!

Tutoring with G.I.D.E.

It is so cool seeing how excited these kids are to see the Fellows!

Friday: Fellows National Conference!

Yep. There it is.
 All twenty-two programs from around the country converged on the nation's capital for a weekend of learning, connecting, and merry-making.

All objectives were accomplished.

Road trippin with Fellows!

watch our car pool karaoke vids below...

Winston-Salem and Greensboro Fellows are friends!
Breaking bread with friends from across the country
Dr. Irwin Ince was our speaker Friday night. So good. 

High Welschel of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics spoke Saturday morning. 

And Dr. Walter Kim spoke on Saturday night. 

In addition to that there was late night gatherings and free time in our nations capital!

rising from the metro

One of the highlights for the Fellows was getting the chance to visit the Museum of African American History. So cool! Behind them in line were some folks from Winston-Salem. 
taking it to the streets

where did they go?
Jump for joy part one

jump for joy part two

It was everything but restful. 

I got to run into several Fellows from Winston-Salem who are doing programs other places!

Caro and Abby Clark!
Anna Youssef!

I had Directors stuff all day Saturday so I had to get in my sightseeing in the early morning. Fortunately, our hotel was only four miles from the National MAll

me and martin
The wouldn't let me go up the stairs. erg.

Breakfast together

then it was time to go home...
more photos later.


We are three weeks away from boarding the plane to Greece! 

If you want to help support us, please DONATE HERE


Our spring fundraising goal is 20,000 dollars. 

If you have not given to the Fellows this year, or if you would like to help us toward meeting this goal, send checks to 

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


PO Box 20514
Winston-Salem, NC 27120


give ONLINE at



Monday: Round Table at David and Shannon Rainey's

Tuesday: Winston-Salem Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday: Leader Lunch with Michael Ford

Thursday:YMCA Prayer Breakfast

Friday: Classes with Jeff Trollinger and Stephen Edwards and Gardner Barrier

Then: Greece Orientation Lunch with Kendra Norton

Should be fun!!!


Visiting CG Hill while our house is being shown. Pray for an offer!!!

Hold on tight!

stop interrupting us Ned, we are in the middle of something

friends across America

David and Salem

a little low, guys

someone is always in the middle of taking a bite

green grass for America

one of Christian's friends joined us for dinner

metro surfing

Bill Satterwite is so cool

Thanks all! Keep sharing the story and spreading the love!!!

Monday, April 22, 2019

UPDATE Week of April 22


David Owen and Ned Erickson flank the one and only Bryan Dooley, our Leader Lunch speaker this week

We've got lots to celebrate!

Our board chair and his wife have a healthy baby boy! Henry Benoit was born on Monday evening to the delight of his adoring parents. Congratulations Josh and Katy. 

Henry Dalen Benoit

Our board secretary is days away from their second child!

I'll tell you  - the Fellows family is a multiplying!

The Week

Monday: we had Round Table at Bill and Myrtie Davis' home

They had the china and silver out for us!

Myrtie led us in a great time of reflection and sharing. Then, after dinner we had our weekly business meeting then worshipped and read through the Passion. A great night was had by all. 

The only down side of eating at the Davis is the after dinner food coma.

Tuesday: A series of meetings, one of which was with the Career Service team at Winston-Salem State University. 

Val Grant keeps my friend Anthony Graham in check. Not an easy job!
Wednesday: Leader Lunch with Bryan Dooley!

Bryan and his partner in crime David

This year, Leadership Winston-Salem has started a new mentoring program. I was honored to be a part of it. I didn't know how honored until I found out whom I was being partnered with. 

I should put "mentoring" in quotes because I'm not sure who is mentoring whom. Bryan has become a great friend. I am inspired by his faith and determination to speak for a population that too often is overlooked. 

As Bryan reminded us on Wednesday, there are attributes of God that we will not get to know unless we allow our friends with disabilities help teach those things to us. 

Hear! Hear!

Thanks Bryan. 

What a beautiful group
Thursday: Another series of meetings, one in particular with John Hawkins, Todd McShay and Tim Safley - three of the staff of Leadership Edge. 

This has become a key component of what's going on in the Triangle. I'm excited to help these guys explore ways to help us impact the Triad. Stay Tuned!


Appreciation day with Nigel Alston

Class One was with Gardner Barrier who gave us a crash course in Personal Finance and Budgeting. There was a little bit of deer in the headlights going on. But what a gift to learn these things in your early twenties!!!

Class Two was with Nigel Alston, where we learned the proper way of sharing and receiving words of appreciation and wrote a letter to someone we admired. 

Bryan getting appreciated

Chanice gets appreciated

Abby is so appreciated

Andrew, you can think of him as Mr. Appreciation

Christian giving the sign to steal third
Garrett grew like three inches while getting appreciated

Tim takes appreciation like a man

Laura takes appreciation in third position
Mathu may just be the king of appreciation
I like Trent's personality and his sense of style

Letter writing

Letter writing

A beautiful photo

Letter writing

Two righties writing


Welcome Greg!
We are excited to welcome one of Winston-Salem's own, Greg McClinton, to join us next year as one of our Winston-Salem Fellows. 

Greg is a graduate of Old Dominion University. As you can see in the picture he also attended Wake Forest. Greg is a thoughtful, purpose-driven man, who I am confident is going to not only add some height to our Fellows but also a lot of maturity. 

Welcome Greg!

Also, Congrats to Audra Beth!

student of the week at Clemson!

Keep up the recruiting guys!

We only have a few spaces remaining. So let's get the right people on the bus. 

Please share the story and spread the love!!!


Tim Spangler a future Deacon

This week, Tim received news that he will be attending Wake Forest in the fall in their Masters of Management Program. Congrats!

Camille Stogner also passed her nursing board certification test!


Thank you for supporting the Fellows in so many ways. 

One way that would really help is if you supported us financially. We have a budget of $150,000 and while most of it is covered by tuition and the generous support of churches, we need people like you to help us make up the difference. 

Would you please, consider contributing to the mission. 

Send checks to 

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


WS Fellows
PO Box 20514
Winston-Salem, NC 27120


give online at



Wow! What a week!

Monday: Exec. Team Meeting and Round Table at the Dollingers. 

Tuesday: Work and Meetings

Wednesday: Leader Lunch with Bill Satterwite, Small Groups, and Service

Thursday: big Winston-Salem Teacher Residency meeting


Saturday: National Fellows Conference

Sunday: National Fellows Conference

More Pics!

We celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord while riding roller coasters

Lia and Anna Rose

David Erickson

Tim Spangler gets Chris Paul's signature

Ned gets accidentally photoed

David gets accidentally photoed

which way?

I think David won

Anna Rose and Salem

Real women fish

David and summer

pirate shipping

getting stuck in Boo Blasters

kiss the fish