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Young Adults

Fellows Program

San Antonio Fellows Program at First Presbyterian Church

Now accepting applications for the 2019-20 year!



The SA Fellows Program trains young adult leaders through an excellent church-based, intense, nine-month spiritual and vocation leadership program that will prepare young men and women to lead a seamless life of faith and mission.

The program includes a part-time professional job in a field of interest, Biblical studies, mentoring, mission participation, and strategic development with discernment. All of this takes place in community with other Fellows, our congregation, and ministry partners in the city aimed to equip the rising generation of Christian leaders with a holistic understanding of faith that transforms culture.

SA Fellows is modeled after a national program, The Fellows Initiative (TFI) which is now in a network of 24 churches, including Second Presbyterian Church of Memphis where our own Rev. A. Mitchell Moore led the Fellows Program for five years.

The program would be a September-May leadership development and training program for young adults recently out of college or graduate school. Fellows learn to discern how they can use their God-given faith, talents, education, influence, and resources to best steward all the gifts that have been put in their care by the Creator. They learn to better lead and serve in the local church and to have a thoughtful and faithful impact as they play their part in the “restoration of all things” in vocational pursuits in the marketplace, the academy, the most vulnerable areas of our city, and the public square. We desire to equip leaders to love the local church and to play their part in the flourishing of our communities and our world.

Fellows receive theological training, participate in seminars with Christian scholars and community leaders, and enjoy one-on-one mentoring relationships with mature Christian men and women. They apply their training as they minister in the community, work in a marketplace internship, and interact with a host family.



Paid Internships, are arranged by the work placement committee will include up to four days a week. Internships provide a practical space for Fellows to work out the concepts they learn in class about the intersection of faith and work and the idea that work is a gift from the Lord. Ideally we provide each Fellow a position in his/her field of interest, although this is not always possible.



Host Families from the church provide free room and board for every Fellow, even if the Fellow is from San Antonio (all Fellows live with host families during the program). Fellows are not permitted to bring pets with them. Host families provide a wonderful opportunity for the Fellows to experience life with people striving to serve Christ in the midst of their own challenges, joys, and failures.



Weekly seminars are presented by Christian community leaders who share their personal testimonies and workplace experiences with the Fellows weekly. Seminars take place before classes on Friday. Seminary-level core classes are taught by local city leaders.



Retreats. Fellows will participate in an opening retreat and participate in other retreats and the life of our FPC family.

Participation with the church and Local Ministry Partners. Developing a deep sense of gratitude for what the Lord has provided is a recurring discussion and theme. We want our Fellows to cultivate a desire to serve others as a result of how they are loved and served. Fellows are given opportunities to serve weekly within First Presbyterian Church and strategically with our ministry partners in other ministries in San Antonio.

The pervasive element in our two-thousand-year pastoral tradition is not someone who ‘gets things done’ but rather the person placed in the community to pay attention and call attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with one another and with God—this kingdom of God that is primarily local, relentlessly personal, and prayerful ‘without ceasing.’

– Eugene Peterson




The tuition for the San Antonio Fellows Program is $4000. This includes a $200 non-refundable deposit that is due when an applicant returns his/her signed contract accepting a position in the program. Half of the tuition ($2,000) is due by September 1, 2019. The rest is made in eight monthly payments (October-May).

The tuition may be paid by the Fellow or may be raised in the same way support is raised for a mission trip.

Upon request, each Fellow receives a fundraising packet after their acceptance into the program.

Each Fellow is housed with a host family from the church community. Room and board are provided at no cost and living expenses are further offset by the wages the Fellows earn in their work placements. Fellows are responsible for their own car and health insurance.

Tuition covers retreat fees and expenses for program activities including:
• Training and Development
• Retreats
• Mission Trip
• Speakers and Seminars



The priority deadline is January 1, 2019. Please apply using the application below.

• Early Application Deadline: November 1 (notification by December 1)
• January 1 (notification by February 1)
• After February 1 (rolling admission)
• After all the materials are turned in an applicant will be notified of a decision within 3-4 weeks.



First, you will submit an application by the deadline listed on the website. After we review the applications, you will be contacted for an interview with our admissions committee, conducted either in person or by Facetime or Skype (depending on where you live). We will then contact you about our application decision, usually within two weeks of the interview.

Applicants should think of the interviews as conversations, in which we try to determine both if you would be a good fit for the program and if the program would be a good place for you. We ask that applicants spend time in prayer about the decision, as our committee also spends time praying for guidance in their decisions.


• The next Fellows class will arrive on September 4, 2019.
• The next Fellows class will graduate on May 20, 2020.


Download the 2019-2020 Application



If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact Lindsay Selli: lindsays@fpcsat.org