I currently live in Cincinnati with my husband Mark and my daughters Annalisa, a junior at University of Cincinnati and Ally, a freshman at Taylor University.
Daughter of an Indiana United Methodist Minister/Missionary, I was raised in the church. Both of my parents were equally involved and in the Methodist church, women were allowed to serve in whatever capacity they felt led…even senior pastor. I had several very strong role models of women in ministry. After college, I spent 15 years in the ministry of the United Methodist church and though while it was still a male “dominated” profession, I was a part of the decision making body and was considered equal with my male peers. In fact, I never even thought very much about the gender differences and felt supported by every senior pastor that I worked for.
I left the paid ministry and was drawn to working with urban minority teens as a School Counselor in an under-resourced inner-city school. In this occupation, I have felt more in the ministry than ever before.
With this move, I Ieft the UMC because I was looking for a church that was more involved in outreach to the poor. I was very surprised when I left the denominational church for the more community based non-denominational church and found that there was a very different view on gender and a woman’s ability to have influence impact decision-making within the leadership.