Women Religious Leaders of LUM Honored

LUM Member Churches – 11 Women Leaders

Indiana State Representative Sheila J. Klinker recently recognized the distinguished women leaders of the LUM member churches with a framed proclamation. Before the most recent LUM Board meeting, Representative Klinker offered remarks, praise and certificates to Dr. Karen Atcheson, Rev. Ashley Bonnes, Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Rev. Lisa Hood, Rev. Pamela Jones-Horne, Rev. Tracey Leslie, Rev. Dr. Rachel Methany, Rev. Rosemary Morrison, Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah, Rev. Lucia Oerter, and Rev. Stephanie Smith. {Pictured L to R: Nwabah, Leslie, Cooke, Hood, Morrison & Bonnes.} To view more photos, click HERE.
LUM agrees with Representative Klinker that these religious leaders have been a vital part of the success of LUM governance, planning, outreach and leadership. Join us in recognizing these distinguished women religious & community leaders and ALL women leaders for their service to LUM and our community for the betterment of all.

Today, more than 25% of the LUM Member Churches are led by women. Compared to when LUM was incorporated in 1972, this is welcome change.



In the spirit of Women’s History Month (March) and Celebrating the Women of LUM, today we put a spotlight on 11 women who currently lead a local church or religious community that is also a member of the LUM Board of Directors. Women, like Doris Miner Hanstra (see story above), have been a vital part of the formation and growth of Lafayette Urban Ministry for more than 59 years. The difference today is that these women by virtue of their positions within their church have the authority to make decisions and initiate change in our community.

LUM is grateful for their knowledge, expertise, experience and insight; and is thrilled that they are a part of the LUM leadership team as well. Join us in honoring these women religious leaders and ALL of the other women who have leadership roles in LUM Member Churches, by saying their names:

  • Dr. Karen Atcheson,
  • Rev. Ashley Bonnes,
  • Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke,
  • Rev. Lisa Hood,
  • Rev. Pamela Jones-Horne,
  • Rev. Tracey Leslie,
  • Rev. Dr. Rachel Methany,
  • Rev. Rosemary Morrison,
  • Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah,
  • Rev. Lucia Oerter, and
  • Rev. Stephanie Smith.

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