Bethany Student Named HELM Leadership Fellow

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Alexi Pyles, a rising second-year student at Bethany College, has been named to the thirteenth class of HELM Leadership Fellows by Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Pyles, a Psychology major in the Physical Therapy track, is from Los Angeles, Calif.4889Pyles.jpg

The HELM Leadership Fellows Program, which supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership skills and who want to help lead transformative change in the church and the world, has added six students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

These new fellows enter a significantly revamped program designed to introduce fellows to the rapid changes taking place in local Christian communities and provide experiences to help them serve as leaders in new and transforming congregations.

This is also the first class of fellows to enter the program as second-year college students.   The program will still be a four-year experience, with fellows continuing through their first post-college year. With the help of coaches from across the denomination, fellows will each investigate the life and witness of a specific congregation with an eye toward learning how

Christian communities are formed and renewed. They will meet for the annual Fellows Conference November 1-3 in Charlotte, North Carolina for worship, fellowship and to report on their investigations.

HELM Leadership Fellows are selected based on their leadership potential, church participation, and academic promise.  

These new fellows join 18 continuing fellows and over 70 alumni now serving throughout the church. More information about them at