Joshua Chatraw Named Director of New City Fellows

Dr. Joshua Chatraw has been named director of New City Fellows (NCF) in Raleigh, NC effective July 1, 2018. NCF, a pioneering and intensive program that equips young professionals for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work, was launched in 2016 by Holy Trinity Anglican Church and two downtown church partners – Christ the King and Vintage. Dr. Chatraw founded and currently directs the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University.

Current NCF director and founder Katherine Leary Alsdorf says, “Josh brings the perfect combination of entrepreneurial track record, academic accomplishment, and vision for thoughtful, gospel-centered engagement with the challenges facing our cities and workplaces. We are thrilled to have him continue and build upon the good work begun in the NCF community.”

New City Fellows are promising young leaders, aged 25-40, committed to 9 months of interactive, cohort-based learning in the areas of spiritual, theological, and cultural formation. With a deep commitment from its alumni, current fellows, mentors, and senior leaders in the city, NCF is developing a collaborative community of people from all vocations who share a vision to humbly serve the city of Raleigh in our neighborhoods and workplaces.

According to Dr. Chatraw, he is “excited to work with young leaders who are already established in their professions and able to live out their faith in meaningful ways.” He appreciates the program’s focus on the gospel and how it changes our hearts, our work, and the cities in which we live.

Dr. Chatraw launched the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement in 2014 and built a robust program of conferences and symposiums featuring leading Christian scholars, launched Faith and the Academy, an academic journal, led a Senior Fellowship program for faculty from multiple disciplines, and mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition, he co-authored Apologetics at the Cross, serves as an editor for A Legacy of Apologetics, a forthcoming collection of biographies on key historical apologists, and is currently co-authoring a book on cultural engagement with Karen Swallow Prior. Prior to his work with the Center, Josh pastored in Dublin, GA. His PhD is in Biblical Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his MDiv is from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a Business Management undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, led by Rev. John Yates III, envisioned and began investing in New City Fellows four years ago as a strategic embodiment of its mission as a downtown church. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Josh to continue and build upon this program. We’re grateful for the leadership of John and Katherine Alsdorf to get NCF launched and thriving, as well as their support during the transition. We’re all in agreement that God has provided the ideal next leader in Josh Chatraw.”

For more information, contact Joe Ananias at joe@newcityfellows.org. Image: NCF.

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