The Young Clergy Women Project is led by a wonderful board of 21 excellent women. We are here to serve you!
Kelly Boubel Shriver serves as the Pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in West Linn, OR, a southern suburb of Portland. She is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, with a focus in Women’s Studies, and has served churches in Washington, New Jersey, and Michigan. Kelly and her husband, John, keep themselves busy caring for their three sons, Enoch, Moses, and Jonah, and a dog, Bristol. Her greatest ambition is to own a flock of goats and a small artisan goat creamery. She would call it “Reverend Goat Farms.” When not corralling one of her many (real or imaginary) creatures, Kelly loves to quilt, bake, read, and watch Masterpiece Mystery and The Great British Bake-Off.
Molly Field James is an Episcopal priest who serves on the Bishops’ Staff as the Dean for Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Exeter (UK). She holds a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School. She is an Associate Priest at Christ Church Cathedral and Grace Church in Hartford, CT. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Hartford Seminary and the University of St. Joseph. Previously, she has served as a parish priest and a hospital chaplain. Her husband, Reade, is a mechanical engineer, and they have two children, Katherine who was born in October of 2010, and Halsted who was born in April of 2014. In addition to ministry and education, Molly loves cooking, reading, films and spending time in the splendor of God’s Creation.
Caroline East Berardi was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Caroline graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009 and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She recently relocated to Rocky Mount, NC where she juggles life and ministry as the parent of a wild preschooler and the spouse of a fellow minister. Caroline loves baking, reading, frozen margaritas, afternoons in the backyard, and all kinds of travel.
Austin Shelley is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Columbia College. She attended Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2012. Before attending seminary, Austin taught art, Spanish, and Latin to middle and high school students and served as Director of Youth Ministries at her home church. She now serves as the Associate Minister for Christian Education at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. Austin is married to Mark who makes the perfect sweet tea. Together they parent three mostly wonderful children and eat Fruit Loops for dessert after the kids are in bed.
Emily M. Brown is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, currently serving as Associate Pastor of Broadway UCC in New York City. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, as well as Harvard College. Her family includes her husband Bailes, stepson Ben, and son Abel. She enjoys Zumba, reading young adult dystopian novels, and exploring the city’s many bakeries. She makes excellent meatballs, and blogs intermittently at www.feministpastor.blogspot.com.
Sarah Hooker is pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Delhi, NY, a cozy farming community in the Catskill Mountains. She earned a BA from Macalester College and a MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary. Her passions in ministry are pastoral care, mission, and being involved in the greater church. Sarah and her husband Chris keep busy with their ever-inquisitive son, enjoying traveling, hiking, and biking, throwing stones in the many local creeks, and cooking together.
TYCWP Board Members
Amy E. Loving Austin serves as pastor of two of the coolest Presbyterian churches in the Finger Lakes region of New York. During her free time she enjoys watching Doctor Who with her husband, reading fantasy novels, and dabbling in crochet. Her life is fueled by faith, friendships, essential oils, and coffee.
Diana Carroll is an Episcopal priest currently serving as the almost full-time Rector of St. Luke’s Eastport in Annapolis, Maryland. She is also the exceedingly part-time chaplain at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis. Diana majored in English at Kenyon College (2004) and earned her MDiv at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (2008). Before coming to Maryland, she was the Assistant to the Rector at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Diana lives in Annapolis with her wife, Sarah Lamming, who is also a YCW. On their sabbath days, they enjoy tending their balcony garden, cooking and eating delicious brunches, and not living in church-owned housing.
Elizabeth Grasham is the Solo Pastor of Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Houston, TX. She is a graduate from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and was ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2009. Elizabeth is married to Gene, mother to Gareth, and stepmother to Roman and Odin. Elizabeth loves preaching and teaching, and has very firm opinions about the Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate. She is always willing to talk to you about Dungeons and Dragons, if you’re interested. Elizabeth draws on her son’s lunch napkins (instagram: @elizabethlgr) and blogs at elizabethlgr.blogspot.com.
Erica Schemper Erica Schemper is a minister and member at large of the Presbytery of San Francisco. Her ministry in congregations and school settings has focused on children, youth and families; intergenerational work; worship; and systems theory applied to churches and ministry. Erica currently spends most of her time chasing her three children around Northern California. In her spare time she writes for her own blog and others, runs, knits, and sings and serves on the board of Resound Ensemble. As the last remaining founding board member of TYCWP, she is no longer quite as young a clergywoman as she once was.
Erin Klassen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. She is originally from Saskatchewan and therefore a lifelong Roughrider fan. She earned a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (2000) and her M.Div. from Queens Theological College (2006). After serving both urban and rural congregations across the province, Erin has made her home in Calgary, Alberta where she currently provides pulpit supply to a variety of churches in and around the city. Her family includes her husband, two young daughters, and very hairy dog – MacGyver. As a family, they enjoy watching football (Go Riders!), and hiking and biking in the nearby mountains. Erin is incredibly grateful for TYCWP and so proud to serve on the Board.
Julie Hoplamazian is the Associate Rector of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights (Episcopal). She is a native Philadelphian and a cultural Armenian, which means she can never choose between cheesesteak and shish kebab. In her spare time, Julie can be found at the piano, in the ballet studio, or on the couch soaking up a good story. She and her husband, Jeremy, live with their rescued Aussie mutt, Takouhi (“queen” in Armenian), who lives up to her name and rules the roost.
Lesley Ratcliff serves as Associate Pastor for Children at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Lesley Ratcliff spent several years in Exile, also known as Texas, while completing her Masters of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary before returning to her Mississippi roots. Lesley and her husband Brock (Pastor and Mathematics Teacher) are the parents of two human children, Marlow and Mary Alden, and two four-legged children Sophie and Duke (both 60 lb. lap dogs). In her spare time, Lesley can be found working algebra problems for fun, reading children’s literature or pretending to be an interior designer.
Meg Jenista grew up overseas and in a variety of evangelical churches. She is a minister with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), ordained as an associate in Kalamazoo, MI in 2008 and now serves as a solo pastor in Washington DC. She thoroughly enjoys the support, resources and humor of TYCWP and is honored to serve on the board. Since she lives in walking distance of the Metro and has a ridiculously friendly cat, she’ll issue an open invite to members of the project who want to see the nation’s capital. You have a place to stay!
Phyllis Stutzman is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a graduate of Truman State University (2001) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2005). She currently pastors Emporia Presbyterian Church of Emporia, Kansas. Previously, she has served congregations in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and finds herself forever serving on presbytery level committees. Phyl and her husband, Jacob, are active in interfaith community building and ecumenical work, and together, they enjoy being back in Jayhawk country with their daughter, Annora, and aging pup Rosalind.
Sarah Moore is a minister of the United Reformed Church (URC) based in Cumbria, England. Currently serving as Cumbria Area President in the first ecumenical county in England working closely with the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle and the Cumbria District of the Methodist Church. Ordained in 2005, Sarah has degrees in Theology & Religious Studies, Pastoral Theology, and Counselling. Sarah also serves as a Trustee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and the global church on the World Council of Churches Central Committee. Other interests include cooking, hiking up mountains, real ale and her two cats.
Sarah E. Ross is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Adrian, Michigan. She was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, and is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to seminary, she served in the Peace Corps, teaching English and U.S. History in Ukraine. Sarah lives with her rescue dog, Molly, who is terrified of everything except things that are actually dangerous. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, cross-stitch, and working lines from Parks and Recreation into normal conversations.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sarah Weisiger left her ancestral home in response to God’s call in order to attend university at the University of Southern California and later seminary at the shining city on a hill that is Harvard Divinity School. After exploring a call to chaplaincy in the US Navy, Sarah embraced traditional church ministry and has never looked back. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in November 2009 and has served as a solo pastor in churches in western New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. She currently serves as the pastor of Ivyland Presbyterian Church, a faith community centered on hospitality, peacemaking, and the arts. As part of her ministry, she also serves as the Chaplain for the Ivyland Fire Company. Sarah and her husband, Alex, keep busy gardening, watching Game of Thrones, and chasing two (soon to be three) little troublemakers through the streets of their town, which is, incidentally, a great way to get in a run.
Whitney Wilkinson is a teaching elder (minister) in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. A native Texan, she served as a mission worker in Belfast, Northern Ireland for two years and is currently in her fifth year as solo pastor of Cameron Presbyterian Church in charming Cameron, North Carolina. She finds joy in peacemaking and reconciliation, ecumenism, long chats over (several) cups of coffee, meandering walks with her dog, Fifi, modern dance, travel and New York Times crossword puzzles with her fiancé, Carlos.