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A marketplace fellowship program for recent college graduates
If you're ready to challenge yourself in preparation for being a faithful presence for Christ in your community, then we invite you to join us as a Kansas City Fellow.

The Kansas City Fellows (KCF) program is a nine-month Christian leadership program designed to help recent college graduates explore the intersection of Faith, Work, and Community.

With a goal of laying a firm foundation, this leadership program equips Fellows to have a faithful presence for Christ in their community and world.

The Kansas City Fellows are part of The Fellows Initiative (TFI), a national organization. The following video explains what the Fellows’ programs are all about.

“Two things we want so desperately, glory and relationship, can coexist only in God.”

Timothy Keller

“Would it not make sense that God not only wants to join us in our work but also to increasingly conform us into greater Christ likeness while we work?”

Tom Nelson

“The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”


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Our Program

Today's experienced leaders training leaders of tomorrow.

Kevin and Carol Rauckman
Executive Directors / Founders

Kevin recently retired as CFO and Treasurer at Garmin after a 16-year career there. His primary accomplishments at Garmin included an IPO, serving during a period of high growth, working with analysts and shareholders on Wall Street, building a global finance team, and managing a treasury function with billions in assets.

Carol has a 30-year nursing career with the majority of her experience as a Medical Case Manager and Certified Life Care Planner. Over the past five years, Carol has volunteered with Heart-to-Heart International, organizing trips distributing medical supplies to Eastern Europe, and with Cristo Rey High School, an inner-city Kansas City school.

Contact Kevin or Carol >

Kris Fernhout

Kris began serving at Christ Community in January 2011. He has 20+ years of youth ministry experience in a variety of locations and contexts all over the world but now calls Kansas City home (but that doesn’t make him a Chiefs fan).

He has been married to Heather for over 20 years and has two daughters: Emma and Grace. Kris completed his MA in Youth and Family Ministry at Denver Seminary in 1996 and completed his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA in 2014 where he studied the impact of materialism on the identity and spiritual formation of adolescents and the transition young people make from college into emerging adulthood.

Contact Kris >

Find out more about our fellows!

Doing Life Together

Fellows will be living in community with other Fellows in the city (not with a host family).  However, Fellows will be assigned a Christ Community host family for a “home away from home.”

In a typical week, Fellows work four days in the marketplace; attend a weekly study session with other Fellows; serve as needed at one of the five local Christ Community campuses; and participate in other structured and unstructured activities designed to build lasting relationships with their Kansas City Fellows peers.

What’s in
a Week


Paid Work Experience

Fellows will be provided marketplace positions aligned with their unique vocational callings via strategic partnerships within the Kansas City business community.



Fellows will go through spiritual formation and leadership development classes.


Lunch with Community Leaders

Fellows will meet with the Kansas City Fellows Directors and area business leaders in a roundtable format and share their experiences.


Community Service

Fellows are encouraged to find a place where they can practice generosity by serving in the local church and/or a partner organization to help seek the common good in Kansas City.


Free Time

An opportunity to practice a healthy work/life balance.

Sunday Morning

Christ Community Service

Fellows will connect at one of the five area campuses of Christ Community Church.

Continuing Education

In addition to work opportunities with local businesses and industry, the Kansas City Fellows program includes curriculum-based coursework, biblical study, and active mentoring.

The fellows will participate in weekly spiritual formation and leadership development classes.

The “Lunch and Learn” series will continue every week, featuring business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs from some of the key Kansas City companies. They will share their experience with the fellows, engage them in rich dialogue, and provide networking opportunities for future employment.

Fellows will also attend three leadership retreats—including one local, one regional, and one national retreat.

Fellows Programs Nationwide
Kansas City Campuses
Ribs Consumed
KC Fellows per Year

“The Fellows Program has made an unwavering impact on my life and continues to shape my mindset about work and community. I truly believe that my success in Kansas City, and my success after graduation in general, would be greatly suffering without the endless support and resources the program has provided. Through my Fellows year, I grew so much in how I build and remain in community, as well as in my understanding of and desire for mentorship, discipleship, leadership, and fellowship. I am so thankful for these wonderful development opportunities but I think my most important and enduring learning resides in what I learned about God’s plan for work!”

Amanda LaGue (Stultz), KC Fellow 2017-2018

“I moved to Kansas City after college knowing only one person. Because of the Fellows program, I quickly found friends, a church family and a professional network. I can’t think of a better way to move to a new place and jump into post-grad life.”

Karina Winkelman, KC Fellow 2016-2017

“Committing to the Kansas City Fellows program was easily one of the best investments I have ever made. This fellowship provided countless resources and opportunities to start my professional career off well, while also providing plenty of opportunities for healthy and sustainable Christian fellowship through Christ Community Church. Even after graduating from the program, my time with the fellows continues to make a very positive impact in my professional work and my walk with Christ.

Jason Prichard, KC Fellow 2015-16 - Marketing and Customer Service Coordinator, RedRock

Marketplace Fellowship

The Kansas City Fellows program will provide Fellows with paid work experience (in their field of interest whenever possible), working four days a week (Monday — Thursday) for the ultimate purpose of furthering God’s redemptive story in our community.

These opportunities will involve a wide range of occupational callings via strategic partnerships within the local business community. Regardless of their chosen field, Fellows will have the opportunity to learn, grow, network, and live out their faith in a seamless fashion.

Notable Companies
in Kansas City

Take a look at the companies currently offering fellowships.
Take a look at some of the industry-leading companies that have offered
jobs to our fellows in the past.
  • AB May
  • Agrithority
  • Bardavon Health Innovations
  • BE Smith
  • Black & Veatch
  • C2FO
  • Christ Community Church
  • College Park Medical
  • Convergence Design
  • Corbion
  • Cremalab
  • Crux Marketing
  • Demdaco
  • DVS Group
  • eShipping
  • Examinetics
  • Global Orphan Project
  • Heart to Heart International
  • InTrust Bank
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • KVC Health Systems
  • Lockton
  • Made To Flourish
  • McCown Gordon
  • Pivotal Health Care
  • Scovell Wolfe and Associates
  • Skillpath
  • Straub Construction
  • Suneisis Advisors
  • Tech Accel
  • Wyandot Center
Here is a look at a few more of the companies based in the Kansas City area.
  • AMC Entertainment
  • American Century
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Cerner
  • DST Systems
  • Garmin
  • H&R Block
  • Kauffman Foundation
  • Lockton
  • Nelson-Atkins
    Museum of Art
  • Sprint/T-Mobile
  • VML Advertising Agency

Giving Back

Members of the Kansas City Fellows program will have the opportunity to experience life as God designed it by giving themselves away through the local church.

Fellows will be assigned service projects in conjunction with Christ Community Church, including opportunities to serve across the five-campus Christ Community ministry as well as engaging in service opportunities within the local community.

The program will seek to place individual Fellows in areas of service aligned with their personal gifts, in addition to providing group service opportunities designed to strengthen the bond between Fellows that comes from living out shared faith in an authentic fashion.

Get Involved
With the Fellows

There are a wide variety of ways to get involved with the Kansas City Fellows. No matter your area of expertise or background, we have a place for you to get involved and be a part of growing Kansas City’s next generation leaders.

Contact one of the Kansas City Fellows Directors to find out more.

Be an


A local KC company that wants to grow
you want a skilled, but teachable employee

Be a


You have a desire to invest in someone
Integrate your faith and beliefs into your works

Be a


You have rich work experience
You have a desire to invest in someone

Be a

Host Family

You know what it’s like to be far from home
You would enjoy being a home away from home for a KC Fellow

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