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FTE Announces the Class of 2015 Fellows

August 12, 2015

Twenty students have been selected to receive a 2015 Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Fellowship for Doctoral Students.

FTE supports rising theological educators from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are committed to teaching in religion, theology or biblical studies in North American theological schools and universities. In North American theological schools, less than 20 percent of faculties are people of color.

FTE has awarded over 550 fellowships to students of color and maintains a 98 percent retention rate among its Doctoral Fellows. In addition to its current fellowships for doctoral students, FTE provides professional development opportunities for Ph.D. students in the first two year of their studies. FTE’s doctoral initiatives foster diversity in the academy by accelerating the successful completion of Ph.D. degrees among students of African, Latino/a, Asian and First Nations descent by providing them with financial support, a network of peers, a community of mentors and professional development opportunities.

“Theological education is increasingly in dire need of diverse scholars and leaders who will shape the future of the church’s witness in a world whose demographic ground is shifting beneath its feet,” said Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Matthew Wesley Williams. “FTE is proud to invest in these rising scholars who are committed to the vocation of teaching and leading the church and academy courageously into the future.”

The Forum for Theological Exploration is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit fteleaders.org.


  • AMEY VICTORIA ADKINS, Duke University, Christian Theological Studies
  • MICHAEL R. FISHER, JR., Vanderbilt University, Ethics and Society
  • BRIDGETT GREEN, Vanderbilt University, New Testament and Early Christianity
  • NICHOLAS GRIER, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Pastoral Theology, Personality, & Culture
  • AARON HOWARD, Vanderbilt University, Ethics and Society
  • ITOHAN IDUMWONYI, Rice University, African Religions, Pentecostalism, Women and Gender Studies
  • JOEL KEMP, Boston College, Hebrew Bible
  • HEATHER MCLETCHIE-LEADER, Harvard University, New Testament and Early Christianity
  • ZACHARY MILLS, Northwestern University, Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • ALISHA TATEM, Columbia Theological Seminary, Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • NATHAN WALTON, University of Virginia, Theology
  • RACHEL WATSON, University of Chicago Divinity School, Religion and Literature


  • MARLENE FERRERAS, Claremont School of Theology, Practical Theology/Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy
  • LAUREN GUERRA, Graduate Theological Union, Systematic Theology
  • NAZILA ISGANDAROVA, Emmanuel College of Victoria University, Pastoral Theology
  • DONG HYEON JEONG, Drew University, New Testament and Early Christianity
  • SIMONJOSEPH KIERULF, Union Presbyterian Seminary Richmond, Theology and Ethics
  • HELEN KIM, Harvard University, History of Christianity and American Religions
  • CHAN LIAN, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Pastoral Theology, Culture and Personality
  • MONICA REY, Boston University, Hebrew Bible

Press Contact

For more information please contact Kimberly R. Daniel. kdaniel@fteleaders.org p 678-369-6243