Nashville Fellows Class of 2022
The Nashville Fellows Program is a nine-month Christian leadership and discipleship program for young adults. We offer recent college graduates a holistic opportunity to enhance their understanding of who they are called to be in Christ and engage with their calling to advance God's kingdom in both their future vocation and every aspect of life.
The Fellows Program runs from late August to May and is hosted by a collaboration of churches in the Nashville area. Through this unique ecumenical approach, we seek to equip young people to both understand the relevance of Christ in our culture and develop a framework for engaging this culture towards His redemptive and transformative power.
Read more about The Nashville Fellows at thenashvillefellows.com. If you have questions, please contact Daniel Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Newport University
Psychology and Leadership Studies
Molly earned a double major in Psychology and Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia. Molly participated in the President’s Leadership Program at CNU, a scholarship and service-oriented program for which she was selected based on merit and leadership. Through this opportunity, she spent over 140 hours serving at different organizations, such as Special Olympics Gymnastics and Care Net, a faith-based pregnancy care center.
During her summer breaks, Molly was an orientation leader for CNU. She loved forming meaningful relationships with other leaders and incoming students. She found great joy and fulfillment in providing new students with the knowledge and support they needed to make CNU their home.
She also worked in Residence Life, delivering high quality customer service to residents and parents alike. Molly was actively involved in her sorority, Phi Mu, serving on the sisterhood committee and helping plan bonding events. Molly also served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader her junior year, co-led a women’s Bible study, and was chosen as Vice President her senior year. Additionally, Molly was involved in her local church, serving in the toddler nursery during Sunday morning services.
Though she does not yet know where the Lord is leading her vocationally, she is eager to find opportunities to both serve and lead as a Nashville Fellow. She looks forward to growing in knowledge of the Lord, in relationship with him, and in connection with others.
Grove City College
Business Management, Entrepreneurship Minor
During her time at Grove City College, Gretta was very involved with her school's entrepreneurship department, entering pitch competitions and working as a student assistant. She was involved in multiple independent research opportunities that allowed her to be a marketing intern for a lead bee researcher studying factors that contribute to colony collapse. Throughout her college career, she was involved in multiple businesses of her own as well as reaching and interning for large organizations including the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio and Idea Foundry, Pittsburgh. In her senior year Gretta served as a mentor in her school's discipleship program and led a Bible study for underclassmen.
Prior to joining the Nashville Fellows Program, Gretta worked in Glasgow, Scotland, for four months a business/ministry intern for the Upper Room Church. The Upper Room Church primarily serves Iranian refugees, many which struggled to find employment after coming to Scotland. Her worked involved teaching classes on resume writing, interviewing for jobs, and entrepreneurship.
She is excited to learn more about God and continue discerning his calling for her life over the course of her time with the Nashville Fellows.
Castle Pines, CO
University of Chicago at Urbana-Champaign
English, History Minor
Emma Smith is a 2021 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a History minor. While at Illinois, Emma served as Vice President of Alpha Chi Omega women’s fraternity. She was a member and leader of Greek Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, serving as chapter ministry leader. Emma grew up in a military family, having been born in Illinois but moved 6 times across the United States. She graduated high school in Castle Pines, Colorado, which she calls home. She is the middle child in a family of three girls. With a passion for writing and storytelling, her goal is to one day write professionally.
John Martinsen recently graduated magna cum laude from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. He grew up in Litchfield, Connecticut, which is the rural Northwest corner of the state. His parents owned a garden center, and there was plenty of outdoor work growing up. As a child, his dad was very intentional about teaching all his boys fundamental science principles. This
love for science was the start of his interest in medicine. After graduating high school, John enlisted in the Navy with every intention of serving his country. However, just one week into basic training, he was medically discharged due to a hearing deficit. Upon returning home, he went to college instead, where his interest in the sciences led him into a premed major.