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Adese Fellowship

The Adese Fellowship:  A catalytic experience for emerging entrepreneurs who renew the Church's mission to create a just world for all. 

The United Church of Christ is excited to announce the Adese Fellowship!

This groundbreaking, ecumenical program will engage participants in theological reflection and business development as they create enterprises that help their communities follow the way of Jesus and live into God's economy.

The all-expenses-paid, 12-month program will maximize the capacity of fellows to build sustainable ventures that counter systemic poverty.  

While Adese is an initiative of the UCC, the program welcomes applications from any faith-driven entrepreneur who is committed to a just world for all. 

Read the overview to learn more. Explore the curriculum and faculty here

Read article announcing launch of Adese. 

Applications for the 2018 Adese cohort are closed. 


We are elated to say that The Adese Fellowship Class of 2018 has been selected.  We received applications from all over the country, with many projects that are deeply impactful to local communities.  The Adese Fellowship is a program designed to support ventures seeking to make a direct impact in areas of economic injustice, from a faith-based perspective. It was a competitive and difficult decision to narrow down our applicant pool, and the passion and skill that runs throughout all of the applications is apparent.  Please note the Fellows’ bios and photos will be included in the Church Building and Loan Fund’s December newsletter.


Congratulations to The Adese Fellowship Class of 2018!


Stephanie Findley

Mariah Hayden

Paxton Hughes

Nozomi Ikuta

Carla Leon

Howard Lindsay

Leah Lonsbury

Meagan McLeod

Marilyn Pagan-Banks

Brooks Pollard

Anna Runion

Greg Smith

Renita White


The Adese Fellowship Team

UCC Congregational Assessment, Support, and Advancement

Church Building & Loan Fund


For further information about the Adese Fellowship, contact Melina Higbee, Strategic Programs Administrator, at or 216-736-3817.