The Seeds Project welcomes new fellows for 2023 program

Fellows include a theoretical physicist, CrossFit instructor, dancer, community organizer, and more!


St. Paul, MN: The Seeds Project is proud to announce another diverse group of participants for its 2023 fellowship. Representing a variety of racial and ethnic identities, geographic contexts, denominational affiliations, and life experiences, these 16 fellows will come together for 10 months of coaching and collaboration with the goal of accelerating the impact of their ministry. 

In addition to pastors, authors, scholars, and non-profit leaders, this year’s fellowship will also include a theoretical physicist, a crossfit instructor, a dancer, a community organizer, and a performance artist. 

“Diversity has always been an important value for The Seeds Project,” says Dee Stokes, Ed.D. Director for The Seeds Project. “We are excited to lean into the diversity of this year’s fellows because we believe that is the key to learning and growth. In an age of continued polarization and division, Seeds offers an opportunity for bridge building and relating for folks with a variety of experiences who all share a common passion for innovative disciple making.” 

For three years, The Seeds Project has been connecting ministry entrepreneurs with resources and relationships to encourage, inspire, and challenge them. 

“Being an entrepreneurial leader is a challenging and lonely endevour,” says Josh Linman, alumnus and Program Coordinator of The Seeds Project, “and that is especially true in the faith world. Seeds offers the chance to relate with other outside-the-box thinkers for encouragement and idea sharing.” 

About The Seeds Project: The Seeds Project is an accelarator for Christian ministry entrepreneurs. Launched and facilitated by Luther Seminary’s Faith+Lead initiative, this  Fellowship supports the work of Christian innovators who are focused on helping spiritual seekers and everyday disciples discover the difference Jesus makes in everyday life. In three years, the fellowship has supported 57 entrepreneurial leaders with hundreds of hours of coaching, numerous training webinars, and 5 in-person retreats.

  • Dr. Dee Stokes

    Dr. Dee Stokes is an entrepreneurial minister, educator, consultant, author, and podcaster. With 30 years of experience in education, Dr. Stokes understands what it means to be co-vocational and serve God in the Church and in the marketplace. She has worked at every level of education and has also served as a Senior Pastor, Formation and Connections Pastor, and Teaching Pastor. She has a passion for God and His Church and to see people walk in divine destiny. Her degrees are in Sociology (BA from UNC Charlotte), Public Administration (MPA from Devry University), Biblical and Theological Foundations (MBTF from Asbury Theological Seminary), and Educational Leadership (Ed.S. & Ed.D. from Liberty University). Dr. Stokes's research interests include Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Burnout, Transformational Leadership, unconscious bias, and spousal responsibility.

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