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Introducing the Muncie Fellows Program!

by Emilee Lamb

“If you dream of starting something or building something one day, Muncie is the place to do it.”

Darbi Strahle is doing just that. Alongside fellow executive director Jeff Eads, Darbi stands at the helm of one of The Fellows Initiative’s newest members of the family: The Muncie Fellows, which is preparing to launch its inaugural program year in the fall of 2019.

A Land of Opportunity

Despite a slump following the manufacturing industry decline felt in so many Rust Belt cities, Muncie, Indiana, Darbi says, is ripe with potential.

“It’s a town of rebirth. People are coming and opening up restaurants and breweries and cultural attractions and theaters.”

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Darbi Strahle, Co-Executive Director of the Muncie Fellows Program

With that rebirth comes a new generation of young people filling the city with life and energy.

Darbi, herself a graduate of Muncie’s Ball State University, and Jeff, a career counselor for Ball State students, saw the opportunity to seize this sea of change and offer young people of faith the chance to be part of this revitalization.

When Jeff’s vision to help recent college grads connect their faith to their work met The Fellows Initiative’s same mission at a Come-and-See event in the spring of 2018, Muncie Fellows was born.

Time for a Revolution

The church the Muncie Fellows will call home is nestled in the heart of Ball State University’s campus. The congregation of The Revolution is teeming with college students and families.

The Revolution community is bursting at the seams with young adults, those wanting to put their faith into vocational action.

“We’re trying to craft the vision that all of your life is ministry,” she says. “We need doctors that are Christians, and teachers that are believers and lawyers that are believers.”

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Jeff Eads, Co-Executive Director of the Muncie Fellows Program

Darbi and Jeff brought the idea of a fellows program to their congregation last spring, and the community’s enthusiasm for ministering to young people and broadening their vision for Christian vocation has propelled the church forward to kick off its first class of fellows.