About Our Alumni Network

In 2015 we created a Memphis Fellows Alumni Network. The Memphis alumni network exists to offer our alumni opportunities to still be part of the rich Fellows community and to continue to grow and learn. During the Fellows year there are gatherings for the alumni with the current class of Fellows, other alumni in the area, current teachers in the program, and the larger Fellows community. Grace Simmons, a Memphis alumna, coordinates our efforts for the Memphis Alumni Network. She may be reached at alumni@2pcfellows.org.


Past Classes

 Class of 2013

Class of 2013

 Class of 2012

Class of 2012

 
 

Ways to connect

We welcome alumni on our Fellows committees. Alumni presently serve on our host family, work placement, and admissions committees. If you are interested in serving on any of the Fellows committees, please contact Deborah Coleman at fellows@2pc.org.  If you want to be added to the mailing list for alumni events, contact Grace Simmons at alumni@2pcfellows.org.

 


Alumni Spotlight

RAchel Harkins

1. Why did you choose to become a Memphis Fellow? How did you hear about Fellows?
Honestly, I chose to do Fellows because I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduating from college. My brother was a member at Second Presbyterian and told me to check out the Fellows program. At the time, I had no idea what the program was or what it entailed, but I applied, interviewed, and accepted the chance to be a part of what would become a life-changing experience.

2. Did you have any pre-conceived notions about the program that were different in reality?
Since I didn’t know what Fellows actually was, I didn’t really have any expectations going in. However, one thing that surprised me was the sense of family the Fellows provided me throughout my nine months and that still continues today. My understanding of biblical community greatly expanded because of how it was encouraged and exemplified by the people around me.

3. What was the most rewarding part of being a Memphis Fellow?
I’m going to sound redundant, but the most rewarding part for me was the community. Seriously, I cannot say enough about the relationships that resulted from my Fellows year.

4. How would you summarize your Fellows experience in one sentence?
The Lord used Fellows to ground me in my faith and open my eyes to see His work in Memphis, the U.S., and around the world.

5. How did working in your work placement during Fellows jumpstart or prepare you for your career afterwards?
My work placement was in the Children’s ministry at Second Presbyterian. Going into the program I would not have said that I was meant to work specifically with kids, which is ironic because now I work for a non-profit, exclusively with kids’ programming. This is just a good reminder that God’s plans are always working towards His purpose. Even when it doesn’t make sense to me, or I would choose to do things differently, He clearly knows where He’s trying to go with each of us. He used my internship with Fellows to point me to what I now do professionally.

6. What was your favorite weekly activity?
I came to love our Monday night roundtables. This was a time for us to share a meal as Fellows and talk through our previous week. The weeks during the program can get busy really quickly and having this informal time to let loose and debrief was a welcome break mentally, emotionally, and physically.

7. What advice would you give to prospective students interested in applying?
DO IT. Even if you don’t know what it is your applying for, do it. The Lord used this program to reaffirm His story in my life and used every aspect of Fellows to draw me deeper into a relationship with Himself. If you’re looking for a program to challenge and affirm why you believe in Jesus and what He did for us, this is the one you want. Trust me.

8. In retrospect, what are you most thankful for from your time as a Fellow?
Fellows offers you incredible teaching, connections, community, and so much more. I left the program feeling like I can never say "thank you" enough for everything that was poured into me in nine months. If I had to choose, I would say I’m most thankful for the opportunities to learn. There are incredible teachers who give their time and knowledge generously, but there are also others involved with Fellows that blessed me in ways I don’t have time to list. People showed me characteristics of Christ in specific ways that reflected His grace in their lives. I think that’s a glimpse of how His body should work and I’m eternally grateful for the chance to witness it here in Memphis.


BRANDON CHASE

1. Why did you choose to become a Memphis Fellow? How did you hear about Fellows?
I heard about Fellows from some friends in college that were doing the program in other cities. I chose Memphis because it was a little further out of my comfort zone and every interaction I had with people from Memphis/involved with the Fellows program was overwhelmingly positive and inviting.

2. Did you have any pre-conceived notions about the program that were different in reality?
I was overall just extremely impressed with how organized everything was and how many people worked so hard to give us the best experience possible.

3. What was the most rewarding part of being a Memphis Fellow?
My favorite part of the whole experience was living with my host family. I still live here in Memphis and they are truly like my own biological family—just in my new city.

4. How would you summarize your Fellows experience in one sentence?
Living and working in a community that fully supports you and fully believes in you.

5. How did working in your work placement during Fellows jumpstart or prepare you for your career afterwards?
I worked for a company called Boosterthon which is an elementary school fundraising company, and now I am a part of Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) where I will be an elementary school teacher in a high-needs Memphis city public school. Working for Booster opened my eyes to working with young students as a career and gave me connections into that world. I am so thankful for that experience.

6. What was your favorite weekly activity?
I really loved roundtable every Monday night. It was just a sweet time to get together and get to know each other more deeply.

7. What advice would you give to prospective students interested in applying?
Do it. Seriously, if you are a Christian person who is not exactly sure what they want to do straight out of college, I literally cannot see the downside of doing Fellows. You get vocational experience, biblical training, a church community, a community of people your own age, a new family, and a new city. 

8. In retrospect, what are you most thankful for from your time as a Fellow?
I am most thankful for the people who spent the year pouring into me. Deb, Bob, Barton, John, David, Blake, Jaclyn, Isaac, Tyler, Kyle and so many others behind the scenes: thank you so much.