Our blogging team is often fluid, as we welcome new writers as part of our mission to amplify the voices of women in ministry. As you read through our site, you may find posts from previous members of the team. If you are interested in joining the writing team, please email us: revgalblogpals at gmail dot come. This page gives a little background on our current writers (updated September 2020).
Marie Alford-Harkey is the President and CEO of the Religious Institute, a national multifaith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. She is the lead author of the Religious Institute publication Making the Invisible Visible: Bisexuality in Faith Communities, and has leads workshops on faith and sexuality. An educator with twenty years of classroom experience, Marie holds a Master of Arts degree in French literature from Wayne State University, and earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2010. She met her wife, April, in seminary. Marie is in the process of preparing for ordained ministry in the Metropolitan Community Church.
Marie blogs sporadically at Love is Strong as Death.
Jemma Allen – Prayers, e-reader devotions, Editor-at-large
Jemma is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. She works as a counsellor and spiritual director, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department. Her sanity strategies include knitting shawls, loving dogs, Skyping friends and eating veggies.
Denise Anderson is a Presbyterian Church (USA) Teaching Elder living in the Washington metropolitan area and Co-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 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 Austin – Friday Festival, Prayers, Narrative Lectionary, e-reader devotions
Mary Austin is the pastor of Westminster Church of Detroit, a diverse, multi-cultural church which seeks to be a place of grace in its Detroit neighborhood. She has been a hospice chaplain and worked in marketing in previous vocational lives. She has contributed to Presbyterian Outlook, Horizons, and Bereavement Magazine, and writes regularly for The Immediate Word on SermonSuite.com.
Her greatest spiritual teachers are her family, including her husband and teenage daughter, who provide regular lessons in forgiveness, letting go, patience, laughter and grace.
Jennifer Garrison Brownell has served churches in Seattle WA and Portland OR. Beginning in Nov 2015, she is serving as interim pastor at First Congregational Church in Vancouver WA. She received a Master of Divinity from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. Jennifer is the author of Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath, and she blogs at There Is A River. A longtime member of the RevGals web ring, she wrote for Tuesday Lectionary Leanings for several years.
Jennifer lives in the suburbs behind a purple door with her husband, his wheelchair, their teen son and two unruly pooches, and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Barbara Bruneau – The Pastoral is Political, 11th Hour Preacher Party, e-reader devotions
Barbara Bruneau is an ELCA Lutheran pastor. She served small town and rural congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin until her retirement. She now lives in Southeastern Minnesota, where she provides interim ministry and pulpit supply to area congregations. Barbara shares her home with a dog named Sadie and a cat named Abigail. She is an amateur knitter and weaver, with a stash of yarn that could easily carry her through the Second Coming.
Barbara is an occasional blogger about pets, yarn, ministry, and life in general at An Explosion of Texture and Color.
Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy is the Pastor and Teacher of First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, in Rochester, NH since 2012. Despite trying hard to become an academic, with a focus on politics, law, and social justice, Eliza finally gave in to God’s sense of humor in the form of a call to ministry. She now combines her earlier passions with a love of the Gospel, and strives to move herself and her congregation out of the realm of the theoretical and into the practical, hands-on work of discipleship. She strives as well to get her mostly-white, New England congregation to move to the beat, clapping on one and three. So far the Holy Spirit has given more success with the former than the latter, but she holds out hope.
Liz is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) Pastor who has spent her career working in interfaith and multi-faith landscapes. She has served as an Associate Pastor in Worthington, OH, Presbyterian Campus Minster at The Ohio State University, and currently is the College Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at Kalamazoo College. Liz received her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and her D.Min from Chicago Theological Seminary. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including RevGalBlogPals, Sojourners, and Psychology Today. She lives in Kalamazoo, MI with her husband, daughters, and golden retriever.
Rev. Erin Counihan is blessed to serve as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. She worked 11 years in disaster response and social services before God lovingly shoved her into ordained ministry. She enjoys working for justice and peace, engaging in debates with trusted friends, listening to her kid sing, telling strangers they’re loved, taking ridiculously long dog walks, hanging with Jesus, spontaneously dancing, and eating Cheetos. (Not always in that order.)
Liz Crumlish – The Pastoral is Political, Narrative Lectionary, e-reader devotions
Liz Crumlish works for 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. She is a member of the RevGalBlogPals board, serving as Secretary, and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Shuna Dicks – The Pastoral is Political, e-reader devotions
Married to Neil for over 30 years, they have a daughter Kirsti, (who works as a social worker support people with sight and hearing difficulties) and a son Andrew who is a graphic designer. The manse is also home to two dogs and a geriatric cat. Neil works in the Scotch whisky industry as a project manager. Shuna has served the church nationally on their Church & Society Council. Away from church life Shuna enjoys reading thrillers and playing in a local brass band and takes a keen interest in current affairs. She got involved with RevGals through our Facebook group and our many Scottish connections.
Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups.
Anne blogs at Reverent Irreverence.
Marci Glass – The Pastoral is Political, Revised Common Lectionary, Editor-at-large
Marci Auld Glass is the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California. She serves on the Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood Federation. She and her husband Justin have two mostly grown sons. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Columbia Theological Seminary. Marci is a lapsed cellist, hikes on her knew knee, and tries to leave room in her life for grace to break through.
Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (CP) to the specialized ministry, A Place of Grace, a validated ministry of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. Julie is a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner and a Certified Zentangle Teacher, but her greatest achievements are Grandma, for which she is not certified in any official capacity, and mom to young adults who are convinced she is absolutely certifiable! Julie uses all the skills she learned in thirty plus years of parenthood and thirteen years of pastoral ministry to accomplish her mission through A Place of Grace — a spiritual retreat planning ministry for individuals, couples, families, small groups, businesses, organizations, and churches — to nurture delight, facilitate healing, and inspire prayer in people of all ages and from all walks of life through creative spiritual practices. She also really enjoys stirring things up in the pulpit when her colleagues and friends are out of town.
Visit Julie’s blog “Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect” to find liturgical prayers written in prose and based on lectionary scriptures as a means to encouraging followers and resourcing colleagues in ministry around the world.
Rachel Hackenberg – Editor-at-Large, Prayers
Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, workshop & retreat leader, and author who blogs at Rachel G. Hackenberg. She led the program at RevGals’ Big Event 7.0 in 2013 and the RevGals REVive in October, 2015.
Rachel has written Writing to God, Writing to God: Kids’ Edition, Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-weary Christian, and most recently, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice with co-author Martha Spong. She is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Joanna Harader—Wit’s Ends Day, Narrative Lectionary, Worship Words, e-reader devotions
Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. She is also a wife and a parent of three children (two already graduated), two dogs, two cats, and a bird. In addition to the creative work of pastoring and writing, she also enjoys creating art, playing board games, reading, and napping (not necessarily in that order). You can read more of her writing on her blog, Spacious Faith.
Emily Heitzman is the Pastor of Youth and Households for three multicultural congregations in the neighborhood of Edgewater in Chicago. This post was originally published at her blog, Musings from a Bricolage. A fellow Chicago pastor described Emily as a denominational “bricolage,” a word usually used to refer to artwork or some other form of creation, meaning: “something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available.” As a graduate of a United Methodist seminary, an ordained clergy in the Presbyterian (USA) denomination, and a pastor of three Lutheran (ELCA) congregations (who formerly served in Evangelical Covenant, American Baptist, and Congregational churches), Emily decided that instead of calling herself a “Presbaptutherist,” bricolage was a much better (and more fun) fit.
Rachael Keefe – Revised Common Lectionary, e-reader devotions
Rachael Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. Since her ordination in 1992, she has been a consistent advocate for youth, LGBT people, people with development disabilities, and people with severe mental illness. Rachael has served in many different ministry settings both traditional and decidedly nontraditional. She maintains a weekly blog based on the RCL and a vlog aimed at enticing people to contemplate faith outside the walls of the church. The links to both of these and information about her published works are on her website, Beach Theology.
Rachael enjoys spending time with her wife and two cats, as well as painting, reading, and playing Scrabble.
Lori Kleppe – Preacher Party
Lori Kleppe is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America currently serving two rural congregations in southwest Wisconsin. She previously served as a military chaplain in the United States Navy wearing the uniforms of all the sea services- the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Prior to seminary, Lori worked in education where she found middle school students to be a joy. Lori and her husband Gregg live in a parsonage with one cat and two French Bulldogs. They enjoy rural life, glamping, and visiting their adult sons in the city.
L.T. (Lisa) is an ordained elder and serves in a non–denominational Christian church, Sons of God Outreach (SOGO) Christian Ministries, in the Washington Metropolitan area. She has been living a life of service to others for more than 30 years! In the midst of serving she has raised and successfully launched two amazing children into adulthood. L.T. is now celebrating life as an empty nester and the Founder & CEO of Kick Boxing Believers, L.L.C. a transformational business. She is dedicated to helping individuals with the spiritual secrets to identify and kick limiting fears/beliefs keeping them from living a more joyful, healthy and abundantly faith-filled out-of-the-box life.
L.T. blogs regularly at Kick-Boxing Believers. She is also a featured author in the anthology The Fearless Living Experience: Bold & Empowered Women Share Their Triumph Over Life’s Curveballs.
Wendy Lamb works as a commissioned pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Southern California where she preaches occasionally, and regularly plans and creates worship, works with all the levels of Christian education, and does “other things as needed.” She has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Medieval and Renaissance British Literature and teaches college English classes at a local community college. She is spouse to an IT guy and mother to two school-age children. She is a Gen-Xer. She occasionally blogs at Bookgirl (bookgirl71.wordpress.com).
Rebecca Zahller McNeil – The Pastoral is Political
Becky is the pastor of two congregations, First Congregational Church in Neligh, Nebraska, and Park Congregational Church in rural Elgin, Nebraska. A graduate of Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, she earned a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Religion. Becky earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. Ordained in 1985 in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she now serves with Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing in the United Church of Christ. She has served in pastoral ministry, overseas ministry, and as a not-for-profit planned giving director. Becky married Mike McNeil on April Fool’s Day in 2011. Between them, they have six brilliant young adult offspring. Now that Mike has retired, they look forward to camping adventures in their new neck of the woods until Becky retires and all over the continent once she hangs up her stoles. Becky occasionally blogs at everyday stories.
A rock star from the start, the Reverend Shannon Meacham belted out a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in institutional spiritual matters that most people don’t believe in anyway, from the University of Louisville. Because she couldn’t get enough of the annoying ways people say “Loueyville” she moved across town to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity, a degree for young idealists and middle age crazies. Before the institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) self-imploded they were kind enough to hand out a piece of paper saying “Go forth and be an underpaid secretary in the name of God.” Shannon is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus. She currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog, Pulpit Shenanigans.
Katya Ouchakof – Revised Common Lectionary, e-reader devotions
Katya Ouchakof is pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Madison, WI. She is particularly passionate about issues relating to gender equity, racial/cultural sensitivity, and care of creation. When not addressing existential crises, she can be found canoeing, knitting, watching Star Wars, entertaining her niece and nephew, or playing board games with her husband.
Teri Peterson – Worship Words, Ordiversary Party, Editor-at-Large, e-reader editor
Teri Peterson is a Church of Scotland minister on the west coast of Scotland. 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-author of Who’s Got Time: Spirituality for a Busy Generation . Teri is a great lover of farmer’s markets, reading, Doctor Who, snuggling with kitties, and any TV show made by Joss Whedon.
She is a member of the Board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc. and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. She currently serves as Rector at Christ Church in Dearborn, Michigan. She serves the church at large as the Co-Convenor of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus, a justice advocacy group within the Episcopal Church. Terri spent sixteen years away from the institutional church but made her way back as a young wife and mom. This hiatus gives her some perspective on the challenges of the church today. Married more than half her life to the same man they have raised two children, a daughter and a son. In her free time Terri likes to practice yoga, walk her dogs, knit, and read. She has been a member of the RevGals since 2006 and served on our board until 2013.
Terri blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
Julie Rennick – Prayers, 11th Hour Preacher Party, e-reader devotionals
Julie Rennick was born in England but made Scotland her home in the late 1980s. She was a stay at home mum to her three boys, before going back into work in the 90s. Raised a Roman Catholic, she settled her restless spirit by moving to the Church of Scotland; she trained as a lay preacher (Reader) and then could deny the Spirit’s prompting no longer, so applied to train for full time ministry in 2001. She is still astonished that she was accepted! Ordained to her first pastoral charge in 2005, she translated to a small country parish in 2011 where she was married in her own church in the summer of 2016. Now living the the Forth Valley, she serves a suburban parish, but her heart still longs for the countryside – or the sea! She loves to write, to explore the power of words, and to let the hand of the Creator inspire through the amazing countryside she lives in.
Rev. Lia Scholl is not-that-kind-of-Baptist preacher and pastor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (U.S.) and is the author of I Heart Sex Workers (Chalice Press, 2013).
Pastor Julia Seymour has been the ordained minister at Big Timber Lutheran Church in Big Timber, Montana since Nov. 2018. 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.
Julia enjoys reading, writing, playing with yarn, and outdoor activities. She lives with her spouse, their two children, their devoted Labrador retriever, and in indifferent rabbit in Montana.
Angela Shannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She currently serves as the associate pastor of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. Angela enjoys “flipping congregations.” This means she is passionate about teaching congregations how to live fully as communities of faith.
Angela is a Benedictine Oblate. She enjoys gardening, reading and zentangle. She is cat mom to a very spoiled orange tabby cat, Hiram.
Monica Smith (aka esperanza) is a Presbyterian supply preacher, a mama of two girls, and wife to a Methodist pastor. She has worked in churches of all sizes and shapes over the course of 13 years of ordained ministry. Procastinating sewing projects, arbitrating toy disputes, and reading occupy what’s left of her free time. Her vices are chocolate, diet Coke, old-fashioned popcorn, and trashy novels.
Monica is not a blogger, but she is a longtime member of the Preacher Party family and is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny Presbyterian church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY since 2020. She blogs prayers & Narrative Lectionary at http://www.katyandtheword.com She is also the co-founder of the fledgling TrailPraisers inclusive Worship and is pursuing her Doctorate in Divinity in Creative Writing at Pittsburgh Seminary. When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read.
Laura Stephens-Reed – prayers, The Pastoral is Political, e-reader devotions
Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a seven-year-old son. She blogs weekly at laurastephensreed.com.
Jo Anne Taylor is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and she currently serves as an intentional interim pastor in the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church. She and her husband Bruce have two grown sons, and they enjoy gardening, baking, and cooking for hungry people.
Rev. Sharon M. Temple is a retired United Church of Christ living in Austin, TX. Sharon convenes our Ask the Matriarch feature, writes for The Pastor is Political, and serves on the RevGals board.
Maren Tirabassi’s twenty-first book will be Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems. Most recent title from The Pilgrim Press is A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope, and she is particularly proud of a Lambda Award for Transgendering Faith. She teaches writing in in correctional institutions, hospitals, recovery and survivor groups, hospice training, ESOL classes, high schools, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and avaialble wide places on highways. Maren has been a pastor in the United Church of Christ in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for forty years. Fun bits were being a Scholar in Residence at The Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand and a term as Poet Laureate of the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Maren likes quilting, hiking and swimming, walking the beagle Willie and attending Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions. She blogs at Gifts In Open Hands.
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. As this is her first call to ministry, Torigian worked in fundraising and marketing for non-profits as her previous career before seminary. She is the author of a number of articles on the Huffington Post Religion page including “Between Childless and Childfree,” a reflection for Mother’s Day. To help capture God’s presence in the small moments in life, Torigian pulls out her phone and Instagrams the unique view in front of her.
Torigian regularly posts her musings on current events, justice issues, pop culture and theology at www.michelletorigian.com, and she is among the contributors to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Deb Vaughn – Prayers, The Pastoral is Political, e-reader devotions
Rev. Deborah (Deb) Vaughn is a professional chaplain working in the Washington, DC area where she lives with her husband, various numbers of cats, and young adult daughters. Her many interests include music, public speaking, photography, blogging, and baking a mean loaf of bread. She is an occasional gardener and an avid Ohio State football fan.
Once in a while, she catches up on the laundry.
Rev. Laura Viau is a word nerd, Whovian and triathlete who serves PC(USA) congregations in transition. She is currently training to be a beach bum while leading Shallotte Presbyterian Church in coastal North Carolina. She blogs (more often when there isn’t a pandemic) at The Viau From Here.