Four Candler students will preach on the nationally syndicated radio program “Day 1” as part of a special series called “Inspiring Young Leaders to Shape the Future.” Presented in partnership with the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), the series will air on Sundays, May 4 through June 1.

Candler students make up four of the five student preachers featured in the series, which focuses on the future of the church and the role of young leaders in helping to shape it. Each program will present one of the “Inspiring Young Leaders” preaching a sermon and being interviewed by Day 1 executive producer and host Peter Wallace.

“The goal of this series is to enrich and inspire our lay and clergy audiences to nurture and support young people with a potential for pastoral ministry,” says Wallace.

“We also hope to counter the current narratives about the inevitable decline of mainline churches by spotlighting these vibrant, emerging young leaders who enthusiastically embrace sharing their faith and engaging in community causes,” he adds.

Candler students who will be preaching on “Day 1” are:

Brandon HarrisMay 4: Brandon Harris. Harris is completing his first year at Candler, where he is a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Theology and Ministry pursuing certificates in Black Church Studies and Religious Education. Originally from Rochester, New York, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and religion at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and was a 2012 FTE Fellow. He is a licensed minister and a member of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. His sermon on Luke 24:13-35 is entitled “New Pathways.”

Laura TrumanMay 11: Laura Truman. Truman is finishing her second year at Candler. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a 2012 FTE Fellow, she grew up in rural New Hampshire in an evangelical church, and now is involved as a student intern at the House of the Rock, a new expression of church hosted by Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta. She has lived and served in community at L’Abri in southern England and in rural Kentucky with AmeriCorps. Her sermon on Acts 2:42-47 is entitled “And the Bride Wore Red: The Church This Side of Heaven.”

Ashley RosserMay 25: Ashley Rosser. Rosser is a second-year MDiv student and a 2012 FTE Fellow. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. For several years she served as a youth music ministry coordinator and youth director in United Methodist churches in California and Minnesota, and was an associate minister with United Campus Ministry in Fargo, North Dakota. Her sermon on John 14:15-21 is entitled “Legacy of Love.”

Aaron CarrJune 1: Aaron Coyle-Carr. Coyle-Carr is also a second-year MDiv student. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in religion and classics from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and also studied abroad in London, Rome, Florence, and Sepphoris, Israel. A 2013 FTE Fellow, he attends Berea Mennonite Church in East Atlanta. His sermon on Luke 24:44-53 is entitled “He Ascended With Scars.”

For program air times and stations, visit Day 1’s website,