Through theological study and reflection, New City Fellows helps develop a robust vision for how the Gospel influences every aspect of the participants’ lives, and how they can engage the rapidly changing and diverse culture of Raleigh.
New City Fellows fosters personal and spiritual growth through daily devotions, spiritual disciplines, and retreats as well as extensive teaching, readings and study.
New City Fellows is a community of peers from diverse vocations and backgrounds who build strong Gospel-centered relationships with one another through group discussion and reflection on real-life experiences. Fellows also have access to local church leaders and mentors.
Executive Director & Lead Teacher
Josh Chatraw was the founding director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University, and Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics. Prior to his work at Liberty, Josh served as a pastor at Baptist churches in Virginia and Georgia, and completed a PhD in Biblical Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Josh is the author of Apologetics at the Cross (Zondervan). In addition to directing New City Fellows, Josh regularly teaches, preaches, and writes as Theologian in Residence at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Josh and his wife, Tracy, have two children: Addison and Hudson.
Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Founding Director & Teacher
Katherine conceived and launched the Gotham Fellows program at Redeemer in NYC in 2008 to equip young leaders with a deep experience of the gospel and understanding of how it shapes all of life and work. After 9 years and more than 250 alumni, this fellowship of professionals is engaging every area of public life with the truth and love of the gospel. She founded and directed Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work from 2002-2012 and assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor.
Director & Teacher
John retired after a 29-year career as a human resources executive with Pfizer responsible for management training and database design. A seminary graduate, John has taught adult classes in theology for multiple churches and participated in Redeemer’s Gotham Fellows. He is particularly excited about the potential for New City Fellows to have a positive impact on the city of Raleigh through deepening our shared understanding of the Gospel and how it changes all aspects of our lives and work.
Daniel J. Lee
Daniel worked in the legal field and attended Redeemer in New York, before helping to plant Maranatha Grace Church in New Jersey, where he served as Director of Worship and Minister of Operations. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stony Brook University and an M.A.R. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is an alum of New City (class of '18). His wife Crystal Chen is a Gotham alum (class of '15) as well as an assistant professor of English Education at NC State University.
John W. Yates III
Senior Pastor, Holy Trinity Anglican Church
John serves as senior rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in downtown Raleigh. He attended the University of Virginia before moving to London, England, where he served as Study Assistant to Anglican theologian, John Stott, from 1996-1999. John went on to earn an MA in Theology from King’s College, London, an MDiv. from Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University, England.
Lead Pastor, Vintage Church
Tyler, his wife Kimberly and small group of people started Vintage Church in the fall of 2002 and have since launched three new campuses. He has served in leadership of Acts29 and planted 5 church-planting regions, while coaching and working alongside church plants in Europe and Africa. Tyler also founded Advance the Church, a cooperative nondenominational movement to help plant and revitalize local churches.
Senior Pastor, Christ the King Presbyterian
Geoff serves as senior pastor of Christ the King in downtown Raleigh. Geoff served as pastor in downtown Philadelphia before moving to Raleigh. Christ the King seeks to be the presence of Christ in downtown Raleigh - living by God's grace as a worshipping community making disciples and multiplying churches.
Anna and Cliff Benson III
Jan and Wesley Burks
Lynn and Jay Easterling
Judy and Frank Hill
Jesma and David Reynolds
Maryann and Bill Roper
Alysia and John Yates
New City Fellows is part of a national movement that began with The Gotham Fellowship in New York. Gotham was launched in September 2008 by Redeemer Presbyterian under the leadership of Rev. Timothy Keller and Katherine Alsdorf. Since then, other fellows initiatives have been launched around the country with a common mission to equip young adults for gospel leadership in the world.
Local Church Partnership
New City Fellows is an initiative of Holy Trinity Anglican Church with the partnership of Vintage Church and Christ the King Presbyterian Church — three downtown churches with a shared commitment to a flourishing city. We are always open to more local churches and organizations looking to partner in the program, and welcome applicants from any church in the area. Fellows and applicants have come from: The Summit, Midtown Community, Fellowship Raleigh, Church on Morgan, Church of the Apostles, Capital Community, Imago Dei, Sojourn, Waypoint, Christ Baptist, Christ Central, Peace Presbyterian, Redeemer Anglican, Southbridge, and more.
New City Fellows is funded through the generous support of the local church and dedicated individuals. If you are interested in learning about how to contribute to this ministry, please contact Jay Easterling. Contributions designated “scholarship fund” will be used exclusively for Fellows’ tuition scholarships, which cover their program expenses (books, speakers, costs of retreats, etc.).