The Young Clergy Women Project is led by a two-part board: the Editorial Board and the Community Board.
The Editorial Board is responsible for the publishing parts of our project, Fidelia's Sisters e-zine and our relationship with Chalice Press.
Elsa A. Peters graduated from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York before she was called to Maine. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in South Portland. Her ministry is fueled by her deep passion for coffee (fair trade, of course), good food and laughter. She has distant memories of painting watercolors.
Leah Grundset lives in Washington, D.C. where she is the Associate Pastor for Congregational Life at Calvary Baptist Church. She is a graduate of Truett Seminary (MDiv, 2007) and Baylor University (BA, 2004) where she learned to love Texas. Leah is originally from the DC area and happy to be back in the land of four seasons, the Washington Redskins and a plethora of farmers markets.
Caroline Dean is an ordained Baptist serving as Associate Pastor at Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey (which is a United Church of Christ & American Baptist Church). She enjoys finding a quiet, hiding place to think, taking her puppy "Tex" and her academic husband on a good hike, and trying to be really "into" yoga.
Lara Blackwood Pickrel is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a 2003 graduate of Brite Divinity School (MTS) in Fort Worth, TX and received her MDiv equivalency in 2009 (now that's a long story!) from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. Lara currently serves Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, MO as Associate Minister for Youth and Young Adults. She is married to Chuck Pickrel, and they have two semi-ferocious felines (Hanna and Shalom) and a fully-precocious West Highland White Terrier (Shelby). During any given week, Lara divides her time between congregational ministry, writing & editing, time spent with family/friends/animals, and watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica.
Bromleigh McCleneghan serves as as the Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, IL. Any time she's not at work, she's trying to spend quality time with her husband, chase her preschooler, nurse her infant, refrain from killing her ever-barking dog, keep up with friends, read, and write. In addition to editing The Jesus Review, she routinely writes for Theolog, the blog of The Christian Century.
Alex Hendrickson serves as solo pastor at a Presbyterian church in the Pocono mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. She has previously served PC(USA) congregations in Illinois, Arizona and Kentucky. Alex is a graduate of the University of Arizona and of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Alex and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Brett Hendrickson, have three young children, Thomas, Lily, and David. Alex is thrilled that her husband recently joined the Religious Studies faculty at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
Clair Partee serves as the Canon for the Ministry of the Baptized at The Cathedral Church of the Nativity in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, PA. As her title suggests, she does a little bit of everything, with a focus on helping folks discern to what and where God is calling them. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Clair moved north to New York for seminary, graduating in 2007. When not priesting, she enjoys collapsing in a heap on the sofa with her beagles, Myrtle and Lulubelle, and reading trashy vampire novels.
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Suzanne Parker Miller is an ordained Moravian minister living in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Meredith College (B.A.), she attended Duke Divinity School and graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in Bethlehem, PA. Currently she is pursuing "rock star stay-at-home mom" status with her infant son, dog, and husband Steve. In her free time she tries to not laugh during her attempts at yoga, wants to catch up on reading all the books she collected while in the parish, and hopes to finish her scrapbook from studying abroad in Heidelberg 10 years ago.
Community Board works on building relationships through online forums, conferences and managing the membership.
Melissa St. Clair began her trek west when she left Pennsylvania for Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. After her first call in Kansas City, she detoured south to serve as the Senior Minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Republic, MO. Along the way, she’s managed to acquire two cats and three bicycles, which she keeps in separate rooms at home because congregational ministry is enough of a (sacred, Spirit-filled) circus as it is.
Emily Zeig serves as the solo pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in the small town of Waterford, PA. She is a graduate of Hope College (2004) and Columbia Theological Seminary (2008). In her free time, she enjoys taking adult ballet classes, improving her sign language, working on knitting projects, and spending time with family and friends.
Jamie Haskins graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and just finished serving University Christian Church in Seattle, Washington as the Minister of Faith Formation and Social Justice and is now headed to Fulton, Missouri where she will begin serving as the Chaplain, Director of Faith Formation and Instructor of Religious Studies at Westminster College. When not moving across the country her time is ideally spent: eating good food, drinking fabulous wine, cycling, camping and spending time with her lovely family.
Diana Hodges-Batzka currently serves the Senior Minister at First Christian Church (DOC) in Lemoyne, PA. In 2009 she had a crazy summer of transition where she received her MDiv from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, was ordained, got married to John (fellow Vandy Div School grad), and started a two-year pastoral residency at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Montgomery, Alabama. When not in transition, she enjoys reading, watching TV, going to movies, hanging out with her husband and dog, Sophie, and going to Florida or other warm places to escape the cold.
Mihee Kim-Kort is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Though she finds herself most recently in the Mid-West she is still a Rocky Mountain girl at heart. She has served two parishes - one in NJ and one in PA. Her current ministry involves hauling twin babies around Bloomington, IN, and seeking ways to be intentionally open to the possibility of ministry around every corner. In the midst of mom-brain fog, she continues to try to engage issues close to her heart: Asian American culture (blogging at 8asians), social justice, and now motherhood and women's spirituality.
Lisa Marchal is a minister in The United Methodist Church. She is a 1999 graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware, OH). An elder in the Indiana Conference, she currently serves in extension ministry at RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, a grassroots advocacy group that works on hunger and poverty domestically and abroad. Hobbies include being a back-up singer for the local symphony, obsessing over U2, doting on nieces and one glamorous cat, drinking lots of tea and coffee while daydreaming about London, traveling, and getting into local urban economic redevelopment. Oh, and eating cupcakes and lemon cookies.