Integrate faith into all spheres of life.

On Fridays, the Fellows participate in graduate level courses through Johnson University. Upon graduation from the program in May, the Fellows earn a master’s degree in Ethics and Public Leadership. The educational aspect of the program is designed to root the Fellows in their faith as they are sent out into their places of work, their neighborhoods and their many areas of influence.


2019-2020 Classes

do justice

Examine racial reconciliation on a broad scale through the lens of Scripture.

Dr. Doug Banister, Mary Terry, Chantel Matikke

Leadership and Spiritual Formation

Delve into various spiritual practices and integrate them into your everyday life.

Dr. Sue Stratton

Christ and Culture, fall semester / trinitarian theology, spring semester

Explore the role that culture plays in our experience of Christ and discover God as three-in-one.

Dr. Mark Weedman


As part of their master’s degree, every Fellow will choose a non-profit or ministry in Knoxville to volunteer with 1-2 hours per week. The purpose of this service is for the Fellows to actively participate in seeking the peace of Knoxville through interacting with some of the greatest needs in our city. Some of the ministries and non-profits the Fellows have chosen to serve with are Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Amachi, Thrive Lonsdale, Emerald Youth Foundation, YoungLife and many more.

Meet the Professors

Dr. Doug Banister is a writer, pastor, mentor, and teacher. He currently is senior pastor at All Souls Church and the author of four books and one e-book. Doug has a Masters of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology, Masters in Medieval Studies from the University of Tennessee, Doctor of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Divinity School and a Bachelor’s of Science from Northwestern University.

Mary McMillan Terry earned a B.A. in English and minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in literature from the University of Tennessee. After writing elementary Spanish curriculum for Knox County Schools, she taught composition, American literature and ESL at Pellissippi State Community College. Her writing (poetry, nonfiction, and fiction) has appeared in various journals, books, and magazines.


Chantel Matikke is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Africana studies. Chantel works as an Independent Project Manager, specializing in efficient process development, implementation and outcomes, while preserving Biblical principles. She currently works as the Resident Director, of a local ministry for single mothers. Chantel also facilitates a discipleship group that exists to encourage students to identify, develop, and use their gifts for God's glory through prayer.

Dr. Mark Weedman earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Milligan College in 1990, his Master of Divinity in New Testament from Emmanuel Christian Seminary in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Marquette University in 2004. He was a lecturer in theology at Marquette University from 1990-2000. He was a professor of Biblical and Historical Theology at Crossroads College from 2000-2013. Mark has been published extensively. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Colin Gunton Memorial Essay Prize from the Society for the Study of Theology. He is a member of the North American Patristics Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion.


Dr. Jim Bailey; Principal of Directions Consultation, Executive Director of The Cross Greek Student Ministries has devoted his career to helping individuals identify their unique vocational gifts and the job tasks and work environments they would thrive in. He also helps non-profits and businesses structure themselves to carry out their vision and strategic goals and best use their employees’ abilities and strengths. The Cross is a ministry to students in the Greek community at the University of Tennessee with a mission to introduce them to the good news of Jesus Christ and equip them to follow him and live as his disciple where ever life may take them.