Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Historic Riverside Church Recommends First Woman as Senior Minister

The famed Riverside Church in Manhattan has recommended the Rev. Amy Butler as its seventh senior minister, the first woman to lead the congregation in its 83-year-old history.
Butler has been senior minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for 11 years. The church has about 300 members with an estimated 150 people in attendance on Sunday mornings.
When she arrived at Calvary, she inherited a church that had dwindled from 5,000 parishioners to about 70 on a Sunday. As pastor, she has pushed the downtown church to be more multicultural and oversaw a massive redevelopment of the church’s downtown property.
“Under her leadership the church has become an influential congregation in the nation’s capital and she has become a much sought-after voice for Progressive Christianity,” Riverside’s search committee said in a letter to the congregation.
A call to a Riverside spokesperson was not returned, and Butler said she was unable to talk to media before the vote on her Riverside candidacy.
If approved, Butler would join two other women who have been appointed to senior leadership at significant mainline congregations. The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner will begin in May at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli became senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington.
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RSBoyce said...

The church can be one of the most oppressive places. Thank God for grace. He could have banned us for life for our "no women preachers allowed" signs. I wish Pastor Butler the best.

jessica said...

This is really exciting to see new leadership and acceptance of women in leadership/pastoral roles. i am excited for them!

Michelle Myers said...

This is good news for the Christian Community. However we will not have made real progress until articles like these become the norm and not just an opportunity for us to say. See we can be Pastors and Preachers too. Or, look; they are accepting a woman preacher again.

Unknown said...

If women would sarcastically do what paul said and be silent in church, stop tithing and teaching children's Sunday school we would see a much quicker progression in women being accepted as pastors and preachers across all denominations- lewinfred a shack