Urban Fellows

The Urban Fellows program is an opportunity for a select cohort of individuals to experience contextual learning by engaging in field practices, developing partnerships, initiating transforming ministries through research projects  and participating in a weekly seminar.  Applicants for this program should have a heart for the city and be willing to deeply engage in theological conversations.

How do I apply? - Interested students can apply to the Urban Fellows program as part of their admissions process to Wesley. Urban Fellows are required to be full-time Master of Divinity students taking a minimum of nine hours each semester. Applicants must submit an essay addressing the following questions:

  • How have you experienced a call to Urban Ministry?
  • What qualifications or experiences support your Urban Ministry calling?
  • In what type of ministry setting do you see yourself serving in the future?

Essays of 1,500 words or less must be received by February 1. Essays may be submitted by email to admissions@wesleyseminary.edu, by fax at (202) 885-8585 or by mail to Admissions Office, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20016. Finalists for the Urban Fellows program will be invited to interview with members of the Urban Ministry Faculty Committee.

Meet the Urban Fellows!

Christian Brown is a 2014 graduate of Howard University’s Nursing Program and a recent recognized Urban Fellow. Her tenacity to serve in the urban setting was birthed from a summer journey to Cape-town South Africa as an educator during a missionary trip. As a Master of Divinity candidate, she acknowledges a call of passion and purpose with the mission of marrying both spirituality and health towards the greater good of all people. Unknown of her spiritual destination, she remains open in both heart and mind as she discovers the desire and plans that God has designed for her. While acknowledging the power of the church and its gospel, Christian particularly aspires to pursue active community reformation through parish ministry. In the future, she wishes to embark upon further cultural emersions of faith and spirituality through missionary work in various countries and diverse communities.

Lesley Newman-Sewell has a heart for helping people, especially women and children, build satisfying, successful and God-centered lives. She serves as Youth and Young Adult Minister at Wards Memorial United Methodist Church and the facilitator of a women’s group, W.A.R. (Women Anointed for Righteousness). Lesley graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Minor in Sociology. Currently, Lesley works as a Social Service Representative for the District of Columbia, where she daily addresses the needs of the residents of the District. Lesley is excited about her time as a Wesley Urban Fellow and how the program will aid in directing the path of her service to those she is being sent to serve.

Chaim Abramowitz Rodriguez (CJ) was born on the island of St. Thomas USVI, but spent the majority of his life in Puerto Rico. Prior to moving to Maryland in 2008, CJ was a science teacher for the Puerto Rico Board of Education. He holds a BA in Secondary Biology Education, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Biology, and a MA in School Administration and Supervision from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. In addition, CJ is currently finishing up his Ed.D in science and Mathematics education at Morgan State University in Baltimore. While completing his doctoral studies, CJ felt, yet once again, his 

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