Each autumn for the last 13 years, the Fellows Initiative (TFI) has convened young adults, all on the cusp of their careers, for a teaching retreat.  The topic: Justice

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

TFI envisions a world impacted by leaders living their Christian faith seamlessly, informing all areas of their lives and transforming the culture for the glory of God and His Kingdom. More than 20 Fellows Programs are united by this vision, and seek to equip young adults with this seamlessness – with special attention given to  their vocational calling.

This biblical mandate to do justice with mercy and humility is our focus at our Micah 6:8 teaching retreat. Fellows will discover what this means and various ways it can be lived out. Fellows Programs want to equip aspiring law and mercy professionals with an understanding of the ethical, and moral foundation of law, as well as a vision for the eternal significance of that work in God’s Kingdom. 

While it’s evident why aspiring lawyers and social/medical service professionals would benefit from the teaching, it’s relevance is not lost on believers who are gifted and qualified for other types of work in the marketplace – business, the arts, education, public service, technology. These Fellows will also discover that justice is required in every area – and that we’re all responsible for helping to redeem the world through the good work that we do.  All Fellows will come away with a new respect and understanding of God’s meaning of justice -- for lawyers, doctors, and social service professionals, and for their own profession as well.  Fellows will discern a new and exciting role in His story.


2016 Keynote Speaker for East Conference (Oxford, NC):


For almost fifteen years, John Richmond has worked on the frontlines of the global fight against modern slavery.  From prosecuting federal human trafficking cases, serving as a United Nations expert, teaching human trafficking law, writing scholarly articles, and partnering with developing world policy makers, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and service providers, John has developed the experience and knowledge necessary to stop traffickers and free victims. 

John currently leads the Human Trafficking Institute that exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers.  Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims. 

For over a decade, John was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and a founding member of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.  He has investigated and prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States.  John also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases.   

John’s work to combat human trafficking has earned numerous honors, including: being named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, receiving the David Allred Award for Exceptional Contributions to Civil Rights, twice earning the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in a Human Trafficking Award, receiving Shared Hope International’s Pathbreaker Award for Innovations in Combating Human Trafficking, as well as twice receiving the Department of Justice’s Special Commendation Award. 

John frequently serves as an expert on human trafficking, for the United Nation’s Working Group on Trafficking in Persons and at the European Union’s multilateral meetings on human trafficking.  He has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations, and international delegations on human trafficking investigative and prosecutorial strategies.   

John has taught Human Trafficking Law, Policy, and Litigation at Vanderbilt School of Law and he is a regular contributor to the Storyline blog.  Prior to forming the Human Trafficking Institute and joining the Department of Justice, John worked on human trafficking crimes as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India. He lives with his wife and three children in Vienna, Virginia.   

The Rev. Dr. William Fullilove is the Assistant Pastor of Community at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA and Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, NY.  His teaching focuses on helping students understand and use the Old Testament more effectively in Christian ministry, whether ordained or as lay leaders in churches.  His research focuses mainly on the Dead Sea Scrolls, with both New Testament and Old Testament implications.  He has published on both the New Testament and the Old Testament, as well as ancient languages and writing systems including Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic, and cuneiform.  He has earned a Ph.D. in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America, an M.A. from The Catholic University of America, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and an A.B. from Princeton University. 

Prior to his appointment at RTS New York, Dr. Fullilove served as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Assistant Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta.  Before joining Reformed Theological Seminary, Dr. Fullilove has served in various other roles as an Assistant Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA including oversight of Pastoral Care, Faith and Work Ministry, and Ministry Operations.  He also previously served for seven years as the director of the Capital Fellows Program.  Before his pastoral role at McLean Presbyterian Church, Dr. Fullilove was a Senior Associate at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman and Company), helping direct large domestic and international strategy consulting projects.

Dr. Fullilove is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and is the editor of Missio at The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture.  He is a member of the Board of Christianity Explored North America.  Dr. Fullilove is also certified as a Belbin Team Roles Consultant, a Highlands Ability Battery Consultant, an MCORE Coach, an EQi and EQi 360 Assessor, and a SIMA (System for Identifying Motivating Abilities) In-House Field Associate, tools he uses to help organizational clients improve effectiveness and individual clients discern career direction.  He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society.  Bill and his wife Jill have two children.


2016 Keynote Speaker for West Conference (Memphis, TN):

In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant Pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA where he continues to serve at C.U.T.S. Carl is currently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.