Scholars is a year-long spiritual and leadership development program that exists to equip the next generation of diverse ministry leaders in the Church and marketplace. We build into passionate young followers of Christ in order to maximize personal, spiritual, and professional growth.
“For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- Ephesians 2:10
"Scholars grew me both spiritually and professionally, allowing me to learn new ways of thinking and structuring my life to reflect Christ in all I do."
"The Scholars program gave me endless opportunities to learn from Crossroads staff, and receive real responsibility with room to fail. Through the program my eyes were opened to see the leader God has created me to be."
"I'm thankful that Scholars has given me skills that have helped me grow as an individual and in my professional life. This program will help design your life to look like Jesus and unique for yourself."
This one-year program uses hands-on experience, community, mentorship, and content to grow young leaders toward their full potential.
Who can be a Scholar?
As a visionary leader, Brian believes investing in young leaders is vital. Everyone is given gifts and God intends to use them, so his goal is to get leaders in the spaces & places to be most effective as they develop to their full potential. Brian lives on the East Side of Cincinnati with his wife, Ella, and their sons. If you want to see him light up (and talk too much), just chat him up craft coffee or FC Cincinnati.
As a hard worker and a prayerful leader, Andrea is our glue in the Scholars Program as the Project Manager, running our Mentorship program, Alumni Network, Team Coordination and much more. Andrea lives in Anderson with her husband, John and kiddos, Matt, Clare, Sammy and puppy Noble. Her family is all about sports, so in her free time there is a lot of football, cheerleading, lacrosse, tennis and baseball. Go Team!
With a passion for developing future leaders, Jamie is leading the charge of the overall Crossroads' Leader Academy and Scholars might be her favorite part of Leader Academy (don't tell!). Jamie is a daughter, sister, aunt, pastor. Rocks some hair. Always ready to learn, push, and challenge, believing that Jesus can AND WILL set us all free. Bring on all the joy!
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Side note: Parents, please don’t apply for your kid. If they’re the leader you believe they are, they’ll be able to apply on their own.
Crossroads diversity is about more than percentages. It’s about having male and female voices from diverse backgrounds in positions of leadership. We believe we are called to be a multi-ethnic church and our pastors and leaders are living proof. Likewise, we want our Scholars to represent the Kingdom with diversity of ethnicity, gender, and personality.
Check out our Crossroads Jobs Page for more about Staff Diversity, Diversity in Leadership, Foundational Beliefs, Culture and I Promise.
How’d it all start?
In 2016, Kathy Beechum, a strong leader and advocate within Crossroads, felt convicted to establish a pipeline program for diverse young leaders in ministry. With the funding in place, she gave full authority to an original Crossroads founder and current Crossroads Spiritual Board member, Brian Wells. After extensive research and content creation, Brian and his wife, Nancy, launched the Uptown and Oxford hubs in the fall of 2017. Scholars has now grown to over 200 alumni since its inception.
What’s the timeline from when I apply all the way through the rest of the program?