Young Adult Volunteers Kiva Nice-Webb and Sarah Wildt have been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as young leaders with gifts for ministry and a passion to serve others.

Nice-Webb is serving a second year as a YAV in Chicago. Wildt, who will enter the Master of Divinity program at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary this fall, is a YAV in Austin, Texas.

The women will receive a 2013 FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowship, which provides up to $10,000 over three years to help meet expenses and to fund a ministry internship opportunity. They are also invited to the 2013 FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference this August in Atlanta.

FTE awards the Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowships to participants in the 19 national faith-based volunteer service organizations with whom it partners. The 2013 FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellows were chosen by a national selection committee of educators and church leaders.

The fellowships are designed to foster leadership and diversity in pastoral ministry.

“These young adults are dedicated to helping others and serving the common good and are exploring the connection between their faith and service through leadership in ministry,” said Jim Ellison, FTE director of Strategic Partnerships. “As the church and theological landscape continue to shift, the church and the world need their leadership, compassion and commitment to lead Christian communities faithfully into the future.”

FTE is a national, ecumenical organization dedicated to cultivating diverse young people to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy.