Clergywomen Leading Growing Churches

 

This content was prompted by a recent discussion on a website in which several persons said they were not aware of any Clergywomen who had led a growing church. The United Methodist clergy listed below are examples of clergywomen who have demonstrated both high church membership and worship attendance growth in relatively large church settings.

 

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The information below is listed in chronological order based on the first year that a pastor served a church on this list.

 


 

Basic Information- Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball

Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball

Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball

 

Ordination:
1983  Deacon and Probationary Member of the North Texas Conference.
1988  Elder and Full Member of the North Texas Conference.

Education:
1981  B.A. in Psychology from North Texas State University.
1986  Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU.

Last Appointment:
Senior Pastor, Suncreek United Methodist Church


Reflections about Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball


Church Statistics- Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball     

 
Greenland Hills UMC, Dallas, TX (1994-2001)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

J. Thornton (man)

94

93

318

120

3

2.50

J. Thornton /K. Baskin-Ball

95

94

309

144

4

2.78

K. Baskin-Ball  (woman)

96

95

310

140

7

5.00

K. Baskin-Ball

97

96

328

164

19

11.59

K. Baskin-Ball

98

97

351

194

34

17.53

K. Baskin-Ball

99

98

396

229

28

12.23

K. Baskin-Ball

00

99

467

280

38

13.57

K. Baskin-Ball

01

00

516

288

39

13.54

K. Baskin-Ball/D.Howeth

02

01

523

278

33

11.87

D. Howeth(man)/M. House

03

02

389

209

23

11.00

M. House (man)

04

03

344

174

12

6.90

                                   • Gain in weekly worship attendance from 1993 (120) to 2000 (288) is 168 persons.
                                   • Gain in membership from June 1994 (301) to June 2001 (571) is 270 persons.
                                   • Mean PF-WA Index (1995-2000) is 12.24.

 

 
Suncreek UMC, Allen, TX (2001-2008)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

B. Palmer (man)

01

00

414

350

24

6.86

B. Palmer /K. Baskin-Ball

02

01

573

433

57

13.16

K. Baskin-Ball  (woman)

03

02

737

440

78

17.43

K. Baskin-Ball

04

03

849

476

67

14.08

K. Baskin-Ball

05

04

964

507

72

14.20

K. Baskin-Ball

06

05

1119

531

66

12.43

K. Baskin-Ball

07

06

1249

565

52

9.20

K. Baskin-Ball

08

07

1464

649

98

15.10

K. Baskin-Ball

09

08

1603 (-11/16)

59 (-11/16)

Tull/Palmer (man)

10

09

1547

583

70

12.01

                  • Gain in weekly worship attendance from 2000 (350) to 2007 (649) is 299 persons.
                  • Gain in membership from June 2001 (469) to 11/16/08 (1603) is 1134 persons.
                  • Mean PF-WA Index (2002-2007) is 13.74 .

Kathleen was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January 2007. In November 2008, she began hospice care at her home. She died on December 2, 2008.


 

Basic Information - Rev. Linda Harker

Rev. Linda Harker

Rev. Linda Harker

 

Ordination:
1995 Probationary Member of the Oklahoma Conference.
1999 Elder and Full Member of the Oklahoma Conference.

Education:
1993  B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma City University.
1997  Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.

Current Appointment:
District Superintendent, Muskogee District of the Oklahoma Conference



Church Statistics - Rev. Linda Harker
                                                             

 
Faith UMC, Tulsa, OK (1998 – 2006)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

(man)

98

97

826

352

14

3.98

/L. Harker (woman)

99

98

827

382

20

5.24

L. Harker

00

99

896

388

28

7.22

L. Harker

01

00

985

428

30

7.01

L. Harker

02

01

1107

480

41

8.54

L. Harker

03

02

1216

528

32

6.06

L. Harker

04

03

1307

568

33

5.81

L. Harker

05

04

1398

567

30

5.29

L. Harker

06

05

1512

628

37

5.89

L. Harker/ K. Pate

07

06

1615

610

22

3.61

K Pate (man)

08

07

1655

532

36

6.76

                                   • Gain in worship attendance from 1997 (352) to 2005 (628) is 276 persons.
                                   • Gain in membership from 1998 (827) to 2006 (1615) is 788 persons.
                                   • Mean PF-WA Index (1999-2005) is 6.55.

 


 

Basic Information - Rev. Rhonda VanDyke Colby

Rev. Rhonda VanDyke Colby

Rev. Rhonda VanDyke Colby

 

Ordination:
1981 Deacon and Probationary Member of the Virginia Conference.
1985 Elder and Full Member of the Virginia Conference.

Education:
1979  B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from James Madison University
1983  MDiv
from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.
2005  Doctor of Mininistry from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Current Appointment:
Dean of Spiritual Life, Shenandoah University; Co-Director of the Institute for Church Professions at Shenandoah University



Church Statistics - Rev. Rhonda VanDyke Colby
                                                             

 
Bon Air UMC , VA (2000 – 2006)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

D. Wilson (man)

00

99

1932
424
Ce / R. VanDyke Colby

01

00

1957
474

R. VanDyke Colby (woman)

02

01

1998
566
R. VanDyke Colby

03

02

2058
543
R. VanDyke Colby

04

03

2102
516
R. VanDyke Colby

05

04

2148
514
32
6.23
R. VanDyke Colby

06

05

2183
534
42
7.87
R. VanDyke Colby/ W. Davis

07

06

2146
473
44
9.30
W. Davis (man)

08

07

2064
438
18
4.11

                                   • Gain in worship attendance from 1999 (424) to 2005 (534) is 110 persons.
                                   • Gain in membership from 2000 (1957) to 2006 (2146) is 189 persons.
                                   • Mean PF-WA Index (2001-2005) is ?.?.

 


 

Basic Information - Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray

Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray

Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray

 

Ordination:
1990 Probationary Member of the South Carolina Conference.
1992 Elder and Full Member of the South Carolina Conference.

Education:
1986  B.A. from Carson-Newman College.
1989  MDiv
from Candler School of Theology at Emory .

Current Appointment:
District Superintendent, Anderson District - South Carolina Conference

     

Church Statistics - Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray
                                                             

 
Advent UMC Simpsonville, SC (2001 – 2010)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

C. Kanipe (man)

01

00

500
363
C. Kanipe / S. Leonard-Ray

02

01

629
433

S.Leonard-Ray (woman)

03

02

739
477
S.Leonard-Ray

04

03

832
533
S.Leonard-Ray

05

04

938
566
S.Leonard-Ray

06

05

1025
567
39
6.87
S.Leonard-Ray

07

06

1096
607
30
4.94
S.Leonard-Ray

08

07

1197
641
43
6.71
S.Leonard-Ray

09

08

1338
759
66
8.70
S.Leonard-Ray

10

09

1453
742
65
8.76
S.Leonard-Ray/ M. Wolfe (man)

11

10

       

                                   • Gain in worship attendance from 2000 (363) to 2009 (742) is 379 persons.
                                   • Gain in membership from 2001 (629) to 2009 (1453) is 824 persons.
                                   • Mean PF-WA Index (2002-2009) is ?.

 


Basic Information - Rev. Dr. Barbara Galloway-Edgar

Rev. Dr. Barbara Galloway-Edgar

Rev. Dr. Barbara Galloway-Edgar

 

Ordination:
1981 Probationary Member of the Southwest Texas Conference.
1985 Elder and Full Member of the Southwest Texas Conference.

Education:
1978  B.A. from Southwestern University.
1983  MTh
from Perkins School of Theology at SMU.
2005  Ph.D. from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

Current Appointment:
Senior Pasor, Coker United Methodist Church
(Rev. Galloway-Edgar is currently on medical leave)

     



Church Statistics - Rev. Dr. Barbara Galloway-Edgar
                                                             

 
First UMC Boerne, TX (2002 – 2007)
 

Pastor

Journal Year

Actual
Year

Membership

Annual Avg. Worship

Profession of Faith

PF-WA Index

David Edgar (man)

02

01

1588

571

44

7.71

D. Edgar/B. Edgar

03

02

1562

596

20

3.36

B. Galloway-Edgar (woman)

04

03

1649

598

58

9.70

B. Galloway-Edgar

05

04

1764

647

55

8.51

B. Galloway-Edgar

06

05

1810

653

46

7.04

B. Galloway-Edgar

07

06

1898

644

35

5.43

B.Galloway-Edgar/F.Martin

08

07

1898
688
44
6.40

F. Martin (man)

09

08

2005

                                   • Gain in worship attendance from 2001 (571) to 2006 (644) is 73 persons.
                                   • Gain in membership from 2002 (1562) to 2007 (1898) is 336 persons.
                                   • Mean PF-WA Index (2003-2006) is 7.67.


We plan to add more clergywomen to this page in the future. The current criteria for inclusion on this page is leading a large church with growth of 150 persons or more in worship attendance or a very large church with growth of 50 or more persons in worship attendance. We also require a tenure of at least 4 years at a church. If you are aware of other clergywomen who have served large churches and who have achieved a distinguished record of both membership and worship attendance growth, please send an e-mail to webmanager@AGloryBe.com.

 

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Definitions of Terms

Journal Year
Each Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church publishes an annual Journal. Journals for U.S. conferences are usually published around September and include statistics for each church from the prior year.

Membership
These are persons who have formally joined a church.  They are persons who have been baptized and have publicly declared their faith.  Typically, this does not include any young children.  The practice in many United Methodist churches is for those who are in sixth grade to participate in confirmation and to make a decision about if they are ready to profess their faith and join the church.   The term Professing Members is often used.

Average Annual Worship Attendance
This value is determined by taking the mean of the number of persons at the principal weekly worship services for a year.  For most churches this refers to their Sunday morning services.  However, some churches include services that occur on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.  When comparing years, keep in mind that extraneous factors can create variability. These include weather (icy roads, rain, . . .) and calendar issues like January 1 falling on a Sunday.

Profession of Faith
This is the number of persons who joined the church who are not transferring from another church.   This includes youth who complete confirmation and decide to join the church.  It also includes youth and adults who simply step forward and express that they want to join the church who have never done this before.

PF-WA Index:  This index denotes how many persons jointed by profession of faith for every 100 persons in worship each week.  (The profession of faith value is divided by average annual worship attendance and multiplied by 100.) 

WA-MEM Index:  This index denotes ratio between average annual worship attendance and the number of church members (professing members).  (The average annual worship attendance value is divided by church membership and reported as a percentage. ex. 100 worship attendance / 300 members = 33.3%) 

 


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