The PAX Fellowship

Community + Mentorship + Networking

At PAX, we gather the nation’s emerging BIPOC leaders at the intersection of contemplative formation and vocational development for peace and justice. Our seven-month fellowship is open to Christians of color, around ages 25-35, who are in or interested in:

  • Church Leadership: pastoral staff, women in ministry, worship leaders
  • Community Building: community organizing, advocacy & policy  
  • Creative Arts: writing, intemediate writing, poetry, artists
  • Contemplation: contemplative activism and spiritual formation
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About the PAX Fellowship

For adults of color, around ages 25-35, who seek teaching, mentorship, networking, and community around vocational development and contemplative formation.

A seven-month fellowship of virtual sessions and an in-person retreat that includes teaching, discussion, mentorship, spiritual direction, contemplative practices, and community building for peace and justice .

Virtual gatherings: September 10, 2024 to March 18, 2025, twice a month for the duration of the program. Break during the month of December.
In-person retreat: March 28-30, 2025

$1650 + travel costs to an in-person retreat in Santa Cruz, California. Sponsorship letter provided upon request.

PAX Fellowship Cohorts

The PAX Fellowship aims to empower creatives, community builders, church leaders and contemplatives through our ten cohorts listed at the bottom of the page. Each cohort is facilitated by experts in the field to provide mentorship, foster community, and create networking opportunities for fellows to thrive in their spiritual formation and vocational development.

Learn how to incorporate faith, justice, and the social good into your creative art.

Community Builders
Develop your community building skills around organizing, advocacy, and policy for social renewal.

Church Leaders
Grow in wisdom and maturity alongside others serving in church spaces.

Deepen your understanding of contemplative activism and spiritual formation for peace and justice.

What To Expect

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Focused Teaching

Learn from world-class leaders in your area of focus.

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Peer Learning + Networking

Join others at your stage of life to shortcut the distance on your vocational journey.

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Ongoing Community

Go deeper with bi-monthly virtual sessions and an in-person retreat.

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Vocational Mentoring

Receive specific wisdom and instruction related to your vocational goals.

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Group Spiritual Direction

Attend contemplative sessions for mental health and spiritual life.

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Contemplative Curriculum

Develop practices rooted in contemplative activism to ground your vocational development.

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PAX Certificate

Receive a professional certificate to add to your resume.


List of Cohorts

Cohort Facilitators listed below.

Artists Cohort

Led by Dea Jenkins

Ideal for photographers, painters, sculptors, digital artists, and artists of other modalities to integrate justice and faith into their art.

Community Organizers Cohort

Led by the Organizing Institute

Ideal for individuals interested in leading or pursuing a career in organizing for change; transforming congregations and communities.

Contemplative Activism and Spiritual Formation Cohort

Led by Jenai Auman

Ideal for leaders from varied disciplines, therapists, those in helping professions, spiritual formation or discipleship pastors or leaders.

Emerging Writers Cohort

Led by Michael Stalcup and Chanté Griffin

Ideal for emerging writers who wants to explore a writing career (fiction or nonfiction) or new writers with less than three years of experience in the field.

Intermediate Writers Cohort

Led by Dominique Gilliard

Ideal for the established writer who wants to take their writing to the next level in a mentor and peer environment.

Justice, Advocacy, and Policy Cohort

Led by Josue Perea

Ideal for individuals interested in furthering their activism and understanding of policy to enact change on the community and national level.

Pastors Cohort

Led by Bishop Fredrick Johnson

Ideal for pastors, men and women, in local churches looking for mentorship by a facilitator of color on their pastoral journey.

Poetry Cohort

Led by Arielle Estoria

Ideal for emerging and intermediate poets who want to stretch and grow in their poetry skills.

Women in Ministry Cohort

Led by Afrika Afeni Mills and Dr. Catherine Gilliard

Ideal for women in church, para-church, nonprofit ministry, or missionaries.

Worship Leaders Cohort

Led by Danielle Johnson

Ideal for worship leaders at any stage of their development.

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Cohort Facilitators

Afrika Afreni Mills
Afrika Afeni Mills

Afrika Afeni Mills, MEd, is the Founder and CEO of Continental Drift, LLC, Education Consultant, Adjunct Professor at Boston College, and author of Open Windows, Open Minds: Developing Antiracist, Pro-Human Students. Her TED-Ed Talk, Four Ways to Have Healthy Conversations About Race has over 1 million views. Afrika has been an educator and involved in ministry since 1999, leads the discipleship ministry in her faith community, and is part of Transforming Center’s spiritual formation community.

Arielle Estoria
Arielle Estoria

Arielle is the Co-Author of two self-published collections of poetry: Vagabonds and Zealots (2014), Write Bloody Spill Pretty (2017) which can both be found on and in 2016, released her EP of poetry and music titled Symphony of a Lioness. In March 2023, Estoria released her first solo book of poetry titled, THE UNFOLDING an invitation to come home to yourself, with Harper One available wherever books, e-books and audiobooks are available.

Dr. Catherine Gilliard

Rev. Dr. Catherine Gilliard currently serves as Superintendent of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Southeast Conference and an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary. She has served as the only African American member of many of the denomination’s leadership boards, commitees, and commissions. In her last pastorate, before her current call, she served as co-pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chante Griffin
Chanté Griffin

Chanté Griffin is a contributing writer for The Washington Post, Faithfully Magazine, and L.A. Parent. Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous other publications. She is an advocate who uses media and the arts to advocate for the issues such as race and faith.

Danielle Nicole Johnson

For almost 25 years, Danielle's voice has been ushering the global church into the presence of God through captivating worship experiences and inspiring messages. She's led worship across continents, from New York to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Morocco, and beyond. Rooted in her hometown of New York, Danielle continues to share her gift nationwide alongside her husband, Andre Johnson. Beyond touring, she actively serves in her local church and spearheads her para-church organization, Worship In My City.

Dea Jenkins

Dea Jenkins is an award winning interdisciplinary artist originally from Houston, Texas. Dea's art practice spans multiple fields, including visual art, performance, and film. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is currently developing multiple multimedia projects. She has a dual master's degree from Fuller Seminary with an emphasis in Theology and the Arts. In addition to her art practice, Dea is also an independent curator and the Director of the Inbreak Collective.

Dominique Dubois Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine’s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard’s latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege won the Englewood Review of Books 2021 Book of the Year award.

Rev. Dr. Fredrick Johnson

Rev. Dr. Fredrick Johnson, Sr., serves as senior pastor at First Genesis Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. Under his pastoral leadership, the First Genesis Baptist Church has experienced membership and spiritual growth. Dr. Johnson has participated in every facet of church ministry with a passion for evangelism, teaching, preaching, and community building. He earned a Doctor of Ministry (2007) and his Masters of Divinity (2001) from Northeastern Seminary and his MBA (1994) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jenai Auman

Jenai Auman is a Filipina American writer, artist, and author of Othered. She draws from her years in church leadership as well as her trauma-informed training to write on healing, hope, and the way forward. She received her bachelor's degree in behavioral health science and is currently pursuing a master's in spiritual formation at Northeastern Seminary. Jenai lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Tyler, and their sons, Quinn and Graham.

Josué Perea

Guesnerth Josué Perea serves as Executive Director of the afrolatin@ forum, Co-Curator of the AfroLatine Theology Project, Co-Producer of the documentary "Faith in Blackness: An Exploration of AfroLatine Spirituality”, Co-Host of the podcast Majestad Prieta, and Associate Pastor at Metro Hope Church. His perspectives on AfroLatinidad have been part of various publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Sojourners & he has written for Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora, the Revista de Estudios Colombianos, & Engaging Religion among others.

Michael Stalcup

Michael Stalcup is a Thai American poet living in Bangkok, Thailand. His poems have been published by over thirty magazines and anthologies including Commonweal Magazine, Ekstasis Magazine, First Things, Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and Biola University’s Lent Project. Since 2020, Michael has co-led Spirit & Scribe, a workshop helping writers to integrate spiritual formation and writing craft. You can follow him on Instagram @michaelstalcup and find all of his published work at