Women in Ministry with Bishop Peggy Johnson at Evangelical TS


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Women in Ministry:

Stories of Leadership

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Evangelical Seminary seeks to engage the interdenominational community of Christian women leaders in thoughtful dialogue about topics pertinent to women leaders. This conversation is for those who have heard the call to lead and those who serve along with them. Our goal for this October 1, 2013 event is to begin the conversation among you, as leaders, and to offer the opportunity for connections and friendships to be made that will extend beyond this event. Join us for our Women in Ministry: Stories of Leadership event in Myerstown. You’ll hear life-changing stories from women who are leading and serving in your community and engage in conversations that matter.

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(If you are a student, panel participant, or speaker, please register here.)

Event Details

8:30 am Doors open for coffee and refreshments

9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am Opening Keynote Speaker

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Breakout discussions

11:45 am Lunch

12:45 pm Breakout discussions

2:00 pm Question and Answer Time

2:30 pm Closing Keynote Speaker

COST: $60 – includes lunch

CEU: .45 CEU’s are offered for $10

QUESTIONS: Cathy Forberger, cathy.forberger@evangelical.edu or 717-875-6120

Bishop Peggy Johnson will share Biblical interpretation, identify role models, discuss sexism, reveal family issues, and open our eyes to the effects of language in our culture. Her personal stories and scriptural references will provide an informed foundation to open our day together.

Lebanon Valley College – B.S. – Music Education – 1975; Asbury Theological Seminary – M. Div. – 1980; Wesley Theological Seminary – D. Min. – 1993; Wesley College – D. Div. (honorary degree) – 2009; “Circuit Rider of the Year” – UM Publishing – 1990; “Pillar of Faith Award” – Howard Divinity School – 2006; “John Wesley Award” – Wesley Theological Seminary – 2009; “Alumni of the Year Award” – Asbury Theological Seminary – 2010. 2008-Present: Bishop Philadelphia Episcopal Area (Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware); Mt. Pleasant UM Charge – Frederick, MD (rural-cross cultural); Gallaudet University Campus Chaplain – (Washington, DC); Lansdowne UMC – Baltimore, MD (suburban); Christ UMC of the Deaf – Baltimore, MD (multi-cultural); Wesley Theological Seminary (Adjunct Faculty). Publication: Make a Joyful Silence: Deaf Ministry (2006).


Bishop Pauline Peifer will share her heartfelt story of being widowed as a young pastor’s wife and the journey to being a Bishop in a big and vibrant conference of the Brethren In Christ Church. Her encouraging words include, “God has a calling, and because of our unpreparedness, He gets the credit.”

Pauline C. Peifer is bishop of the Atlantic Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church. As the first woman appointed to this position in her denomination she has oversight for 44 congregations. As the daughter of a pastor, early in life she pursued a career in the health care profession. After tragic circumstances and the loss of her first husband who was also a pastor, she answered the call of God to enter full time ministry. After preparation, she served as an associate pastor and subsequently Executive Pastor at the Grantham Church near Messiah College for 8 ½ years prior to her current appointment.



How Our Story Reveals Our Calling

Often we don’t see our life experiences as integral to our calling. Yet, when we examine them more closely, we discover the powerful impact they had. Members of this panel will discuss how their stories revealed their calling, and how we can begin to find the same true in our own lives.


Mary Kay Alpaugh, Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice and Community Care

I am currently employed as a volunteer coordinator for Hospice & Community Care. I am a Spiritual Director and serve on the board of Kairos School of Spiritual Formation. I worked in Family Life Ministry at Living Word Community Church for 10 years, and am cofounder of Restoring Eve:a ministry of Spiritual Formation for women.


Melissa Schlies, past youth director at a large church 

First sensing a call to youth ministry as a college freshman, Melissa has spent the past fourteen years ministering to teens and training up leaders, in various capacities. For over seven years, she served as the Jr. High Ministry Director at Living Word Community Church, in York, PA. Currently she is a “free agent,” mentoring young women of all ages and in her spare time, baking bread.


Dr. Janet Stauffer, Dean of Students, Evangelical Seminary

“As soil becomes the womb that nurtures seed until it presses forth into bloom; so our lives embody call, both in the dormant underground stage where nobody sees, to its full expression in all of its vibrant beauty.”

Full Bio


Stories of Challenges and Opportunities

While more and more women are entering ministry and leadership roles, their leadership styles are often

different from those of their male counterparts. In this panel discussion, three women leading in three different denominations will discuss their experiences and how the unique challenges can become opportunities for growth and change.


Rev. Helen Adams, Pastor, Stehman’s United Methodist Church

Dr. Laurie Mellinger, Dean of Academic Programs, Evangelical Seminary 

Full Bio

Christine Sharp, Executive Director, World Missions, Brethren In Christ Church



Stories of New Ministries

Many women leaders are entrepreneurs whose gifts and strengths do not necessarily fit within traditional roles and opportunities. Instead, they have chosen to pave a new way forward that aligns with their vision and gifting. This panel will share their own stories of discerning and starting new ministries and business organizations, and what they have learned from the process.


Linda Crockett, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center

Full Bio

Julie Lichty, professional career coach

After many years of corporate success and deep soul searching, Julie Lichty discovered her ‘calling’ and launched her own coaching business. She has worked with clients since 2001 helping them focus in the midst of hectic lives and reconnect with who they were created to be.

Her passion is supporting clients as they redefine what it means for them, personally and professionally, to live more authentically. Whether it’s identifying their ‘best fit’ career, launching an entrepreneurial or creative idea or designing a more authentic lifestyle, she believes we can all live life in balance while serving others.

Julie has successfully helped hundreds of clients from all walks of life shift from confusion and overwhelm to a place of clarity, ease and purpose. Her book, “Savor the Seasons: Daily Prompts for an Authentic Life of Clarity, Confidence & Joy” will be available this fall. For ideas and inspirations on creating an authentic lifestyle, visit her blog at www.julielichty.com/wordpress.


Deb Turnow, Executive Director, Kavanna House

Deb Turnow, MA, is the Executive Director of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, Pa. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Spiritual Direction at Living Word Community Church in York. As a staff member of that church, she provided spiritual direction, taught a two year spiritual direction program and offered various classes in spiritual formation. She has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University and Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from York College in Pennsylvania. She is also a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute. Previously, she provided therapy in the York area with survivors of sexual abuse. 

She is a trained spiritual director, supervisor for spiritual directors, teacher, retreat leader and blogger.


Stories of How Ministry is Changing

As men and women lead together, how they lead is changing and developing. Co-pastoring, mixed-gender leadership teams and shared leadership models are rising in church and ministry contexts. This particular panel will discuss practical opportunities for men and women to share leadership and promote change in ways that enhance the leadership of both women and men.


Rev. Jo Ann Kunz, Co-Senior Pastor, Hosanna: A Fellowship of Christians

Jo Ann Kunz has been a part of the Hosanna!”family” since 1980. She has served the congregation in one capacity or another for nearly twenty-five years – the last fourteen as Senior Pastor. She is an experienced scholar-practitioner, having served for two decades as a leader, spiritual director, and educator for a variety of faith-based organizations. She currently serves as Instructor of Spiritual Formation and Leadership for Eastern University, Instructor in Spiritual Formation for Evangelical Theological Seminary, faculty member of Oasis Ministries’ two-year spiritual direction training program and director of an advanced training program for experienced spiritual directors, also at Oasis Ministries. Jo Ann is a practicing spiritual director, Enneagram trainer, and retreat/workshop leader, as well as a new and joyful grandmother.

Some of Jo Ann’s special areas of interest are: the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, Christian dream interpretation, the Enneagram, Biblical equality, Christian spirituality and practice, Christian “mystical” theology and history.

Jo Ann holds a Master’s Degree from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia ­ and is a perpetual learner, believing that there is always something more that our Infinite God is desiring to teach her.

Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Blair, President, Evangelical Seminary, and Co-Senior Pastor, Hosanna: A Fellowship of Christians

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Dr. Vicki Scheib, MACL Program Director, Evangelical Seminary


Vicki Scheib, DMin., is currently employed as the Director of the Master’s in Christian Leadership program and affiliate faculty in leadership studies at Evangelical Seminary. She is a recent graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program at George Fox Seminary in Portland, OR. Her dissertation and ongoing research is focused on the spiritual formation and identity formation of men and women leaders. She is the co-founder of Restoring Eve: A Ministry of Spiritual Formation for Women, is a spiritual director and previously worked as the Director of Single Adult Ministries at Living Word Community Church in York, PA.

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Women in Ministry 2013


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