Celtic Cross was created in 1995 and is considered a model for church leadership development programs.

It is designed to challenge students from PC(USA) congregations to think theologically about vocation and to consider their call to professional or lay leadership in the church.

We have many exciting and challenging opportunities planned for our group this year. Our time together began with a pizza night to welcome our new members, build teamwork and grow in our relationships with each other. The Celtic Cross program is going back to its roots as we re-implement the mentoring congregations model for teaching leadership. Pastors from these congregations will join us during our monthly meetings to lead discussion around vocation and leadership or special topics. Our spring retreat will be led by Dr. Rodger Nishioka, the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is known for his expertise in youth and young adult ministry and his passion for deepening the relationships within the church.


Our annual Youth Day has also undergone some changes and improvements. Last fall Celtic Cross hosted a special day for our Outstanding Church Youth Leader Award Nominees in conjunction with one of PC’s Admissions Open House days. This day gave our Celtic Cross students a chance to connect with the up and coming leaders in our denomination as well as provide the nominees with a more personal PC experience.

Participants in Celtic Cross are also are encouraged to participate in summer work, conferences, spring break/May trips, as well as on-campus activities and international study. Additional opportunities are available to those who volunteer to be part of special teams, which provide leadership for presbytery and congregational events/retreats.

All participants receive a Celtic Cross Grant of up to $250 per semester. This money can be used for anything that will benefit the member’s growth in leadership. Some have used it for curriculum books, conference registration fees, and even mission trips!

Ellison Brown, ecbrown@presby.edu, for more information.