Burnham Fellowship

In September 2008, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City committed to equip their young adults for gospel leadership in the world. As a result of this commitment they designed what became known as the Gotham Fellowship, an intensive, top tier training program in faith and work, that engenders commitment from its participants and congregation.

Through Holy Trinity Church’s partnership with Redeemer, Faith and Work Chicago now offers this fellowship in Chicago as the Burnham Fellowship. Through the Burnham Fellowship we provide the theological, spiritual, and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work. The Fellowship integrates three primary elements to further the social, cultural, and spiritual renewal of Chicago.


At the core of the program is the commitment to consider how the gospel impacts every area of life. We develop a worldview that draws from the deep resources of the Reformed tradition and is sufficiently robust to engage the diverse and complex culture of Chicago.


The Fellowship fosters personal, spiritual and professional development through daily devotions and relationships with pastoral leaders and mentors from the congregation.


The Fellowship is a community of peers, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, who are committed to each others’ spiritual growth and calling to serve the common good of the city.


The Burnham Fellowship is a 9 month program for adults who live in Chicago. Our general goal for each class is for it to comprise 50% men and 50% women working in fields including law, finance, education, government, non-profit, design, medicine, retail, the arts, and stay at home parents.

The Fellowship begins at the end of September and finishes before Memorial Day weekend. During these 9 months, the Fellows meet 2 hours a week to discuss the (sometimes extensive) weekly reading of major texts from various eras of church history, or thought history. Daily devotionals unite the group through guided scriptural and devotional readings. Monthly Saturday gatherings provide in-depth training and city excursions. 3 retreats focus on personal reflection and spiritual formation.

The Fellows tuition fee helps offset program expenses.  The fee is $1500 and can be paid in installments throughout the year. We are seeking donors who would enable us to provide financial aid as needed. A limited number of scholarships are available, please submit this form along with your application, if you need to apply for financial help.


Applications are accepted in the spring for cohorts beginning the following fall. The next cohort will run from September 2019-May 2020. There will be a kick-off dessert in August to get to know your cohort and the program will begin with our first retreat the weekend of Sep 27. Fellows will be selected who best demonstrate 1) commitment to the city, 2) spiritual maturity, and 3) ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the program.

Applications are closed for the 2019/20 Cohort. We welcome questions and we’re happy to grab coffee anytime to share more about the program. Drop us a line today!



Burnham Fellows are saying…

It’s not often that 30 people from around Chicagoland with a wide-variety of life experience, denominational backgrounds, and vocational callings can get together to explore how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of our personal lives, our immediate communities, and the world. The Burnham Fellowship has been one of the most impactful things for my theological development & spiritual formation. It’s been so helpful to process through what I know formally, what I believe functionally, and how those (sometimes conflicting) beliefs impact & play out in my daily life. I plan on incorporating many of the principles I’ve learned in Burnham into the ministry I do with college students. 10/10 would recommend.”
— Allie Kutrubis - Burnham Fellow 2018/19
One thing that has deeply impacted me this year was how Burnham re-framed my mind and attitude toward work. A recurring theme was how is the Lord working in and through my vocation to “bend this world ever so slightly to the direction of the His kingdom”. The Holy Spirit has given me deeper value in my work. I’ve been reignited to be more creative in how I view and respect not only my sphere of work, but the entire body in their respective spheres. While I’m still a little lost in the direction the Lord is leading me regarding work, I’m eager to move forward in the search with a new understanding and desire.
— Emily Burton - Burnham Fellow 2018/19