About the Program

The Ockenga Fellows Program identifies high-potential, early-career pastors to participate as cohorts in a two-year program consisting of seven, three-day retreats ("roundtables") and one study abroad trip to China, all at no cost to each participant.


The mission of the Ockenga Fellows Program is to identify and nurture high-potential, early-career pastoral leaders during a critical time of ministry development. The program is intended to help them better engage with the culture of their churches and to address the social and ethical changes in the society surrounding around them.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of effective pastoral leadership in New England.
  • Engage early-career pastors with many of the worlds best civic, cultural and business voices.
  • Equip early-career pastors to understand local church idiosyncrasies.
  • Develop a cohesive cohort committed to serving alongside one another in long-term ministry in New England.
  • Stimulate conversations between leaders in the church and leaders outside the church