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 a lover of Jesus and strives to love others like Jesus does and see them as they are in the image of God. She also loves deep conversations, and Dr. Dee Stokes is an entrepreneurial minister, educator, consultant, and program builder. In each of her diverse branches of work, she aims to repurpose organizations and support influential people who change the world and live out the Gospel.

    Dr. Stokes serves as the Teaching Pastor at Christ Wesleyan Church in Greensboro, North Carolina; as the Director of Multicultural Ministry for the NC East District of The Wesleyan Church; as the President and CEO of her own non-profit ministry; and as the Director of the Seeds Project for Luther Seminary's Faith+Lead innovation team. She holds multiple degrees with focuses ranging from Educational Leadership (Ed.S. & Ed.D.) to Biblical and Theological Foundations (MBTF), and is a dedicated and devoted follower of Jesus whose deepest wish is for everyone to experience the Gospel in their lives!

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