Executive Director ~ Martha Spong
The Reverend Martha K. Spong is the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals and a United Church of Christ pastor. She has long felt called to be a pastor to pastors and is passionate about expanding the ministry of RevGalBlogPals. Her diverse roles include managing RevGalBlogPals’ online presence (as web administrator, volunteer coordinator and social media minister), developing financial support and planning of our Continuing Education programs.
Martha is the editor of an anthology of RevGal essays published in 2015, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor (SkyLight Paths Publishing). Martha writes adult curriculum for The Present Word and contributed reflections for the Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual 2014 , 2015, and 2016. She blogs Prayers for Pastors at marthaspong.com, where you can also read more about her coaching practice. She lives in Mechanicsburg, PA, with her Presbyterian pastor spouse, Kathryn Johnston. They have four children.
Email Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Trustees
Julia Seymour ~ President
Pastor Julia Seymour has been the ordained minister at Lutheran Church of Hope (ELCA), Anchorage, Alaska since August 2008. A participant in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1996, Julia was christened in the Assembly of God tradition, baptized in the Southern Baptist Convention, influenced by reformed Judaism, and confirmed in the Episcopal Church (USA). She believes strongly in ecumenical and interfaith cooperation. In 2016, she was named one of the YWCA‘s Women of Achievement in Alaska.
Julia enjoys reading, writing, crochet, and outdoor activities. She lives with her husband, their two young children, and their devoted Labrador retriever in Alaska.
Sarah Howe Miller ~ Vice-President
Sarah E. Howe Miller is Pastor of United Methodist Church of the Covenant, Arlington, Texas where there is a geocache hidden. Sarah has a way of working geocaching into conversations and trying to convert others to adopt her favorite hobby believing, as others do, that “all who wander are not lost” and that sacred moments can happen when you walk together making discoveries. She is the single mom of two daughters about whom she is prone to brag.
The Reverend Dr. Howe Miller earned her Ph. D. with a dissertation on Clergywomen and grief. She blogs at The Vicar of Hogsmeade and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Liz Crumlish – Secretary
Liz Crumlish serves as a minister in the Church of Scotland, encouraging renewal, and lives on the south west coast of Scotland. She discovered the supportive online community of the RevGals in 2007 and has never looked back. She is passionate about having fun while sharing the gospel and nurturing and supporting others in ministry. She cannot imagine not living close to the sea. The proximity of water, wherever she finds it, calls out to her to take off her shoes and get her feet wet. Liz blogs at Something to Stand On and journalling, is a host of our 11th Hour Preacher Party and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Amy Haynie ~ Treasurer
Amy is an Episcopal priest in the continuing Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, TX. She serves as Priest-in-Charge at the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls, TX. She is also on the Standing Committee of the diocese. Amy earned her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Certificate in Anglican Studies. She and her spouse have two teenage sons and three other other young adults who have unofficially adopted them, one idiot dog, and one dog too smart for her own good. Amy claims
juggling as a charism.
Amy blogs at Amy P. Haynie.
Jemma is the Associate Priest at All Saints Anglican Church in Howick (Auckland, New Zealand) where she is responsible for
ministry with children, young people and their families. She formerly served as the Co-Pastor of the Congregation of the Good Shepherd in Beijing, China. Her sanity strategies include knitting socks, loving dogs, Skyping friends and eating veggies.
Denise Anderson is a Presbyterian Church (USA) Teaching Elder living in the Washington metropolitan area. Not being a “cradle Presbyterian” herself, she also spent some time in the Baptist and Methodist traditions and so has a passion for ecumenical dialogue. She’s a proud graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, where she developed her interests in social justice, liberation theology, and feminist/womanist religious thought. She is happily married to the unspeakably awesome Carter and together they have
a little girl who aspires to be a shifu in kung fu one day.
Mary Beth Butler is a founding member of RevGalBlogPals. As a layperson, her vocation is supporting ministry, especially that of clergywomen. She works as a university administrator in international programs. She’s a lifelong liberal Episcopalian, a knitter, and a Maltese dog lover. She has two adult stepchildren and a contractor husband. When not reading sermons for fun, she reads everything else.
She blogs at Terrapin Station
Teri Peterson is a Presbyterian pastor in the suburbs of Chicago. She holds a degree in clarinet performance from DePaul University and an MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary. She enjoys exploring new cities, being a bit of a music snob, writing, and coming up with creative ideas for worship. Teri is a contributing author to the Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual 2014 and 2015, and co-authored Who’s Got Time: Spirituality for a Busy Generation with her best friend. Teri is a great lover of farmer’s markets, reading, Doctor Who, snuggling with kitties, and any TV show made by Joss Whedon.
Rev. Sharon M. Temple is serving as Designated Pastor of Brookmeade Congregational United Church of Christ in Nashville, TN.
Sharon convenes our Ask the Matriarch feature, writes for The Pastor is Political, and serves on the RevGals board. She blogs at Tidings of Comfort and Joy and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).