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Advocacy Committee for Women's Concerns
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Meet the members of ACWC



Joann Lee
Joann has served as Associate Pastor at The House of Hope since August 2010. She was born in New York City to Korean immigrant parents and grew up in Houston, TX. She has a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin.    Joann and her spouse Mike met in 8th grade and live nearby her church in Saint Paul with their two dogs Bailey and Logan.  They are expecting their first baby at the end of January 2014.

Darcy Metcalfe Mudd
Darcy Metcalfe Mudd is in her fourth year serving with ACWC, and is currently serving on Leadership Team.  Some of her special interests involve advising churches putting together Youth Protection Policies and also advocating for gender justice in social policy issues.  She is a 2012 graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is currently serving as Solo-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she resides with her husband Bill. 

Jacob Parsons-Wells


Barbara Adams-Smelter

Kerri Allen


Louise DavidsonLouise Davidson
Louise is an ordained elder and serves as the Presbyterian Women (churchwide) vice moderator for Justice and Peace (2006-2009). She has served Presbyterian Women in her congregation, presbytery, synod and nationally in various positions. She worked to establish congregational and presbytery Justice and Peace committees and formerly served on the General Assembly's Peacemaking Advisory Committee.    

Sheila LouderSheila Louder

Sheila Louder currently serves as Vice Moderator of Justice and Peace Concerns, Presbyterian Women Churchwide Coordinating Team, Inc., Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She serves as a Ruling Elder at New Life Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), College Park, GA. She was the immediate past moderator of PW at New Life and in 1997 founded and currently serves as the coordinator of the PW Inez Wagner Food Pantry.

Mrs. Louder serves on the Advocacy Committee for Social Witness Policy and the Advocacy Committee for Women Concerns of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Mrs. Louder served as a member of the Outreach Ministry Team (2001-2006), Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and as an Ambassador representing the presbytery in 2005. She has served as moderator of Committee of Women of Color/Justice for Women, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, the first African American to serve as president of Presbyterian Village Auxiliary, Austell, GA of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia and board member Bread for the World Atlanta. Sheila served as a commissioner to the 218th General Assembly in San Jose, CA.

Mrs. Louder has been a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Fayette County Branch, immediate past president of the National Alumna Association of Spelman College, Atlanta Chapter and currently serves as president of the Pointer of the Pointer Ridge Community Home Owners Association. She received the Outstanding Community Service Award, October 2008 from the Atlanta Chapter National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. Additionally, Mrs. Louder served as a dedicated volunteer for the Obama Campaign for president 2007 and again in 2011. 

Mary McClintock-FulkersonMary McClintock Fulkerson
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mary McClintock Fulkerson is Professor of  Theology at Duke University Divinity School.  Her first book, Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology, examined the liberating practices of  non-feminist  church women and feminist academics through the lens of poststructuralism and feminist literary criticism.  Her recent book, Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church   explores the practices of an interracial church (United Methodist) that includes people with disabilities. In contrast with theology's typical focus on beliefs, this project offers a theory of practices and place that foregrounds the affective bodily reactions and communications that shape all groups, particularly around perceptions of “otherness” related to race and dis-ability. Fulkerson’s  book,The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology, co-edited with Sheila Briggs,  is a collection of essays on feminist theology organized around the theme of globalization.  Currently a member of the steering committee of  the Duke Human Rights Center’s Pauli Murray Project, Fulkerson is  involved in its mission to use the stories of an activist African American woman to raise local community consciousness around justice issues.

Elizabeth Hinson-HastyElizabeth Hinson-Hasty
Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty joined ACWC in 2008. She is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a member of the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky. At the denominational level, she has served on the Resolution Team that drafted the Social Creed for the 21st Century, represented ACWC on the Advocacy and Advisory Committee Review and is currently serving on the committee designing the Status of Women Study.  As associate professor of theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Hinson-Hasty teaches courses such as “Theology from the Margins,” “Christian Ethics,” “Women’s Experience, Women’s Faith” and “Protestant Traditions.” Her published works include Beyond the Social Maze: Exploring Vida Dutton Scudder’s Theological Ethics (T&T Clark 2006), Prayers for the New Social Awakening, co-edited with Christian Iosso ( WJKP 2008) and To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians (WJKP 2008), co-edited with Rebecca Todd Peters. She is also often called upon to speak on issues related to faith and public life as well as to preach in a variety of churches.

Jack Hodges

Belinda Rice 
Belinda is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has served the Charlotte Presbytery for the last 23 years.  She currently supports both the Committee on Ministry and Committee on Preparation for Ministry. She is a certified lay pastor and elder at Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. Belinda’s passion is being a voice and advocate wherever she is needed.

Susie Wiggins




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