Introducing the Board

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logoThe Young Clergy Women Project is organized by two boards — the Editorial Board and the Community Board. Together they form the Full Board, which offers vision and direction for TYCWP. Using various online meeting resources, the Editorial Board and Community Board each meet regularly throughout the year. The Full Board also meets periodically online, and once a year it gathers in person (following the annual conference).

Who are the women who serve on the TYCWP Board?  Let’s introduce you to the ladies serving in 2014-2015:

The Editorial Board

Erica Schemper is a Presbyterian pastor and mother, currently concentrating on the mother part after a decade of ministry in various settings in the Chicago area. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children. She blogs at “Don’t Flay the Sheep” (

Brenda Lovick is ordained in the ELCA. She’s from DeForest, Wisconsin (just outside of Madison), and is now in rural northern Illinois. She went to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She met her husband in Louisville, and he is from there.

Amy Loving is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She serves as pastor of two of the coolest Presbyterian churches in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. During her free time she enjoys dabbling in needle felting and crochet, spending time with her fiancé, reading mystery novels, and playing the occasional computer or video game. Her life is fueled by faith, friendships, and coffee.

April Berends is an Episcopal priest in Sewanee, Tennessee. She has served churches in Milwaukee, Miami and Washington, DC. She lives on a mountain with her husband (an Episcopal priest and musician) and their two sons. Between the four of them, there’s a good chance that at any given moment, someone at their house is singing. April enjoys throwing pots, cooking, hiking, conversations on the porch, and tending a vast tangle of vegetable garden.

Jessica Harren is the pastor of Capron Lutheran Church in Capron, IL. She earned a BA at Texas Lutheran University, an MA at Loyola University Chicago, and her seminary training was at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She lives with her husband Peter, their toddler son, and two cats – Gandalf the Gray (in case you’re not as geeky as her family, that’s from Lord of the Rings) and Mai Tai (ever notice how cat’s tails are the same shape as straws?). Jessica’s time also includes reading, learning about trains and tractors, thinking about what a truly postmodern church might look like, and managing her health holistically though both Western and Eastern medical traditions.

Mihee Kim-Kort is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served two parishes – one in NJ and one in PA. Her current ministry is to college students at Indiana University through UKIRK (PCUSA’s collegiate ministry). She hauls twins and a surprise #3 around Bloomington, IN, and in the midst of mom-brain fog, she continues to try to engage issues close to her heart: Asian American culture, social justice, feminism, and now motherhood and women’s spirituality. She’s written three books: Making Paper Cranes (Chalice), Streams Run Uphill (Judson), and a third book with her husband which will be released Fall 2014 called Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family, and Ministry (Rowman and Littlefield). She blogs at First Day Walking (

Kelly Boubel Shriver serves as the Pastor of Peoples Presbyterian Church in Milan, MI. She is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, with a focus in Women’s Studies. Kelly and her husband, John, keep themselves busy chasing after their two sons, Enoch and Moses, a dog, Bristol, and a flock of ducks. When not corralling one of her many creatures, Kelly loves to quilt, can and preserve, read, and watch reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who.

Kelsey Grissom is an elder in The United Methodist Church and currently serves as Associate Pastor at Asbury UMC in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University before adventuring to such new and strange places as rural Valley, AL and very-urban Philadelphia, PA. Now she is glad to be back home in Birmingham where she lives with her three-year-old son, Houston, and their dog and cat. In her private life Kelsey enjoys hiking, book club, and music. Kelsey and her mom were the first mother and daughter clergy to be ordained in their Annual Conference.

Diana Carroll is an Episcopal priest and currently serves three-quarter-time as Rector of St. Luke’s Eastport in Annapolis, Maryland. She is also the exceedingly part-time chaplain at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis. Her great-grandfather and grandfather were both Episcopal priests, so she thinks the trait must have skipped a generation. Diana majored in English at Kenyon College (2004) and did 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.

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

The Community Board

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.

Diana Hodges-Batzka is honored to serve as the Senior Minister since 2011 to the wonderful people at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 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.

Christine Davies is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After earning her MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary and MSW at Rutgers University she worked as a social worker and a staff chaplain in Philadelphia. She now serves as the Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. When not running CPE groups, she can be found taking in cheesy Broadway musicals, searching for the perfect chai latte and getting sunburned in Central Park.

Jamie Haskins is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She currently serves Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri as Chaplain, Director of Spiritual Life and Instructor of Religious Studies. A graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School (go Dores!), Jamie and her partner Sarah ventured from the South to the Midwest and now call Columbia, Missouri home. When not teaching, preaching, and hanging out with amazing young adults, her time is ideally spent eating good food, drinking fabulous wine, cycling, camping and spending time with her lovely family.

Julie Jensen is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College (go Gamecocks!) and Columbia Theological Seminary. Currently, she serves as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville, GA. In her spare time, Julie enjoys cooking, knitting, watching movies, and is trying to become a runner, which is a lot harder than she thought it would be.

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 read Theology & Religious Studies at Roehampton Institute London before preparing for ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge followed by a happy seven years in her first pastorate within an ecumenical group of churches in Darwen, Lancashire. Sarah also serves the global church on the World Council of Churches Central Committee. Other interests include reading, real ale, hiking up mountains, cheese, wine and travelling world and country at any opportunity. She lives with two cats (both named after beers), Ginger Marble, a ginger and white cat who keeps her sane, and Hawkshead Windermere Pale (aka Windy), a cream and white cat with attitude!

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 one human child, Marlow, 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.

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 First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, Oklahoma. Previously, she has served congregations in Missouri, Texas, and Kansas, 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 chase around their precocious preschooler, Annora, love on their aging pup Rosalind, cheer on the Kansas Jayhawks, and pursue an increasingly futile search for good Mexican food north of the Texas border.

Caroline East Berardi was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Now ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Caroline graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009. She now serves as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Anderson, South Carolina. She juggles life and ministry as a newer parent and as the spouse of a fellow Presbyterian minister. In addition to faith and family, Caroline loves baking, reading, frozen margaritas, afternoons in the backyard, and all kinds of travel.

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!

If you are interested in serving on the Board, watch for applications in early 2015.

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