5th Annual TFI Director's Summit and Retreat

About the Conference

Each summer, the community of fellows program program directors gather to learn, grow and encourage one another in our calling to develop young leaders. This is an important gathering to learn best practices and to share ideas with one another. Several outstanding speakers will be on-hand covering a range of topics relevant to every fellows directors. PLEASE JOIN US!​ You don't want to miss this opportunity grow as a program leader, to get new ideas for your program, and to deepen your relationships with the director community!

Dates, Location and Registration

June 5 - 8, 2018

Wayfloy Mountain Village Retreat Center
3610 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

The Wayfloy Mountain Village Retreat Center is located in a the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. It's about halfway between the Knoxville (TN) and Asheville (NC) airports - 90 minutes either way.

This event costs $125 per person. Online registration will be available soon.

Basic Agenda (Details to Come)

At this year's director's summit, we will continue our series on the theology of vocation 


  • Arrive in the afternoon of June 5th at Wayfloy Mountain Village Retreat Center. We'll have dinner together and an opening night program.

  • Wednesday and Thursday will be filled with training sessions, discussions, 1:1 professional development and time to meet with the other directors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included both days.

  • On Friday, we will have a program in the morning as well as a time of informal worship and extended prayer together. Brunch will be offered on-site after which we will depart.​

Guest Speakers and Topics

Dr. Bill Fullilove and Dr. Bruce Lowe will be joining us again this year to talk about the theology of vocation and vocational discernment using the MCORE assessment of personal motivation. Bill and Bruce, along with Seth Richardson and John Kyle (who are also certified MCORE consultants) will be leading 1:1 sessions with every attendee. In addition, Christian counselors, Eric and Sarah McClerren, will be leading a workshop on mental and emotional health in the 20's.

Bill Fullilove is Assistant Pastor of Community and Discipleship at McLean Presbyterian Church. He is also Associate Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. He was also the founding director of the Capital Fellows Program. Bill has a PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature from The Catholic University of America, an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and a BA from Princeton University. Bill, his wife, Jill, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.


Bruce Lowe received his first doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and taught, consulted and researched in a university setting over several years in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments. He then completed his MDiv at RTS Orlando, becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister, and working in youth ministry and church revitalization. Bruce then completed his doctorate in New Testament Studies/ Ancient History, where his dissertation focused on the cultural backdrop to Romans. Bruce and Rachel have five children.

Eric and Sarah McClerren are Christian counselors in Peachtree City, Georgia. Eric is on staff with Grow Counseling, where he mainly works with early and mid-career professionals experiencing a variety of mental health challenges. Prior to joining Grow Counseling, Eric was with Solutions Counseling Associates, a private counseling practice in St. Louis. Sarah McClerren is on staff with Grace Harbour, a private outpatient mental health practice, where she mainly works with adolescents and their families. Prior to joining Grace Harbour, Sarah was with ALIVE, a nonprofit aiding victims of intimate partner abuse in St. Louis. Sarah and Eric met while pursuing their Master of Arts in Counseling degrees at Covenant Seminary.

Accommodations and Meals

TFI has reserved Steiner Bell Lodge at the Wayfloy Mountain Village Retreat Center. Most of the rooms are doubles (two beds). For married couples, we have private rooms available. For individuals attending without spouses, we ask that you share a room with another fellows program director. All meals and snacks will be provided by TFI.

Who Should Attend?

The annual director's summit is an important opportunity for all program directors to learn and grow together. So, we encourage all program directors, assistant directors and other program staff to attend. Steering committee leaders and board chairs are also welcome. This is a once-per-year time to grow together in the calling we share as fellows program directors.

What Previous Attendees Are Saying

...really appreciated being able to share my heart with those in my same shoes who would totally understand what I was saying....in addition after sharing, being encouraged by other directors' stories similar to mine. Oftentimes I think that all this is happening to me only and it is because I am not doing a good job. All this in the solitude of the mountains!

-- Rick Kuhlman, Director, Knoxville Fellows Program

The value of the Directors' Summit cannot be put into words. With that said... Going to the Directors' Summit is one of the best forms of self-care you can practice! It's the one time a year I know I'll have extended time with those who actually understand the dynamics of being a Fellows' Director, and this provides camaraderie that is crucial for my well-being.

--Theresa Wilson, Director, Nashville Fellows Program

The Director's Summit is a time I look forward to every year. It is a beautiful few days to be with others from all over the country that can relate with my work and give encouragement. Many of the practices we have implemented in the Chattanooga Fellows Program came from insights received at this summit. The rest, learning and friendships fostered is a priceless gift. -- Jonathan Ingraham, Director, Chattanooga Fellows Program

I have been to two Directors’ Summits so far, and each time I have felt so supported and encouraged throughout the week and felt refreshed and ready to walk into the craziness of the coming year. The time that TFI spends ensuring that we as Directors are cared for is an experience that gave me life in my work and ministry. I came burdened and discouraged from hard Fellows years, and left feeling so exceedingly grateful for those very years, and grateful for the gift of being a part of the Fellows family! -- Kimberly Myles, Assistant Director, Greenville Fellows Program

With less than 50 fellow’s directors in the entire world, it’s priceless to spend a few days of focused worship, prayer and friendship with the few people who can truly relate. Not only is it a time to learn from one another and encourage each other, it’s truly joy filled and fun! I look forward to it each year. -- Seth Richardson, Director, Briarwood Fellows Program