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Women Clergy Conference

Offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

October 6-7, 2011
Princeton Theological Seminary's School of Christian Vocation and Mission

Plenary Speakers

Susan Andrews is general presbyter of the Hudson River Presbytery in New York, and the former pastor of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. In 2003-2004 she was the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A renowned preacher, Andrews was named Preacher of the Year in 2000 by Lectionary Homiletics. Her sermons and essays have been published in Lectionary Homiletics, Preaching Great Texts, The Christian Century, Company of Pastors, and The Christian Ministry.

Workshop Leaders

Janice Smith Ammon is currently serving as the Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel at Princeton Seminary, where she coordinates the worship life of the Chapel with the Director of Music and serves as pastor to the students. Before serving at Princeton Seminary, Jan ministered as associate pastor for membership and pastoral care at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey and as associate pastor for congregational care at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She earned a B.S. from Widener College in Chester, Pennsylvania, and an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary.

Deborah Kerr Davis is the director of field education for Princeton Seminary. She earned her B.A. from Dickinson College in 1976, her M.Div. from Princeton Seminary in 1979, and a certificate in spiritual direction from Oasis Ministries in 1999. She has been the chaplain at the University Medical Center at Princeton and director of the Department of Religious Ministries for Princeton HealthCare Systems. She is a member o f the Princeton Clergy Association, and has served as pastor to pastors in New Brunswick Presbytery.

Karen Hernandez-Granzen is Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton, NJ and Pastor/Head of Staff at Leadership Trenton Fellow. Since, 2009, she serves as an adviser to Princeton Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission. She is a respected teacher and leader for clergy training and specializes in Multi-Cultural Ministry.

Yena Hwang is Moderator, National Capital Presbytery. She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and went on to serve a congregation in Dallas, TX. She studied at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to receive a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, where she was able to integrate the spiritual and theological world to the world of behavioral science. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland since 2008. Yena has recently left her position as the EM pastor for Wheaton Community Church. When she is not busy with the presbytery related work, she is busy serving the Korean American Presbyterian Clergywomen as the chair of the Board and as a member of the LPTS Alum Board, among other things.

Lisa L. Thompson is the Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking for The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters. Additionally, she works on public policy issues and initiatives related to sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. She is a member of The Salvation Army’s International Anti-Trafficking Task Force representing the Americas and she directs the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking. Prior to her arrival at The Salvation Army, Ms. Thompson served as Policy Representative for the National Association of Evangelicals' (NAE) Office for Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC. Ms. Thompson also worked in the People's Republic of China teaching English for Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC). She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.


Thursday, October 6
 9:00 a.m.  Opening Prayer, Welcome; Session 1 - Susan Andrews: Women and Vocation in Church Life
 10:00 a.m.  Break
 10:20 a.m. Session 2 - Jan Ammon: Morning by Morning: Preparing for the New and Unexpected
 11:20a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Chapel, Miller Chapel; Lunch/Break, Mackay Dining Hall
 1:30 p.m.  Session 3 - Lisa Thompson: The Truth About Sexual Trafficking
 2:40 p.m. Session 4 - Debbie Davis: Pastoral Care for those in Crisis
                    Session 5 - Susan Andrews: Balancing Personal and Professional
 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner, Mackay Dining Hall

Friday, October 7
 9:00 a.m.  Session 5 - Yena Hwang: Building Healthy Relationships
 10:30 a.m. Session 6 - Karen Hernandez: Multi-Ethnic Congregations
 11:20a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Chapel, Miller Chapel; Lunch/Break, Mackay Dining Hall
 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Session 7 - Panel Discussion (Jan Ammon, Susan Andrews, Karen Hernandez, Yena Hwang)


The program costs $150, which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here, and then click here to register.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected]