Our Mission and Vision

Mission

The Mission of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy is to encourage and equip women called by God to vocational Christian ministry within the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

 

Vision

The Vision of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy is to nurture women clergy through education, networking, resources and personal encouragement and to advocate for women clergy in all aspects of church and professional leadership; serving as a resource to our supporting church traditions.

 

Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy (WHWC) Board of Directors

Each board member represents one of five supporting denominations that selects its board members. The five board members elect the officers of WHWC. The board oversees the Planning Committee and the Academic Initiatives committee. (If you’re interested in serving on these committees, please contact your denominational representative.)

 
 

Rev. Dr. Mari Gonlag, President

(The Wesleyan Church)

Mari is professor of religion at Southern Wesleyan University (Central, SC) and founder/director of the Center for Women in Ministry of The Wesleyan Church.  She is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church where she has served as a solo pastor, staff minister, and, for six years, as the director of ministerial studies for the denomination.  In 1996 she transitioned into educational ministry, serving first as a professor at Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University) in New Brunswick. Canada, and, since 1998, at Southern Wesleyan.  Mari has been involved in a variety of ways in the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy organization and Come to the Water Conference since the earliest meetings that gave birth to them.

mgonlag@swu.edu


 

Rev. Julie Gray, Vice President

(Free Methodist Church)

Julie Gray is Sr. Pastor at Aldersgate Free Methodist Church on the far eastside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a country girl in whom God planted a love for the city and diverse peoples during her 24 years serving in an inner-city Church in Seattle, WA. She and her husband, Marvin-also an ordained minister, have four children: two currently in college and two still in high school. Julie’s passion is to see the Bride of Christ alive and beautiful and fulfilling its mission in building the Kingdom of God. pastorjulie@aldersgatefmc.org.


 

Rev. Dr. Susan Armstrong, Secretary

(Church of the Nazarene)

Rev. Dr. Susan Armstrong is ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She earned both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting and was a professor of music at Eastern Nazarene College, Malone University, and Northwest Nazarene University before receiving her call to pastoral ministry. Since then she has served as Worship Pastor for churches in Nampa (ID), Elyria (OH), and Manteno (IL). Susan also earned a master of divinity degree and a master of arts in religion. In addition to her duties at Manteno Church of the Nazarene, she has been an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University in both the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the School of Music. Susan serves on the Nazarene Women Clergy Council and has been associated with WHWC since 2000. She and her husband have a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. sarmstrong@mantenonazarene.org


 

Rev. Dr. Karen Jones-Porter, Treasurer

(Church of the Nazarene)

Karen Jones-Porter is Director of Continuing Education at Southern Africa Nazarene University in Manzini, Swaziland. Previously she served as Executive Pastor alongside her husband Rev. John Porter at Chester, SC, First Church of the Nazarene. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University and Trevecca Nazarene University. For eight years, she served as a Nazarene missionary at the Eurasia Regional Office in Switzerland and the Southern Europe Field Office in Portugal. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Arts in Missiology, and a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cross-Cultural Communication. She and John enjoy walking and bicycling.
kejkc@yahoo.com


 

Rev. Carey Richards, Conference Director


 

Rev. Carron Odokara

(Church of God, Anderson)

Carron is an Associate Pastor at Farmington Hills Church of God in southeast Michigan and regularly serves churches around the state as a preacher and teacher. Carron also works as an IT process improvement manager at Ford Motor Company. In the past, Carron has served the Church of God as Michigan’s Chair for the Board of Directors, and as the national Ministries Council Vice-Chair. Carron has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in computer engineering, and a master of divinity degree. Carron is also working on a Ph.D. in organizational leadership.


 

Rev. Pauline Peifer

(Brethren in Christ)

Pauline Peifer serves as a bishop in the Brethren in Christ Church.  After 25 years as pastor’s wife and the untimely death of her first husband, after a mid-life career change from health care administration to pastoral ministry and ordination, and after eight years as associate and executive pastor at the Grantham Church adjacent to Messiah College, she was called to be the first woman bishop in her denomination. Pauline is a graduate of Messiah College and Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing.  She and her current husband are parents to a blended family of 5 children and 14 grandchildren. ppeifer@atlanticbic.org