Women in Ministry Profiles
Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/PW seeks to lift up and celebrate women throughout the church. In this section, you'll meet women who are leaders within the church, women who seek to share their love of Jesus Christ with others. Be a witness to their faith journeys, share their inspiring stories with others, and tell us about women in ministry whom you feel are a positive example for us all.
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Breaking Down Barriers
Meet The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner
By Jessica Denson
"I'm an interesting visual for folks who are not used to seeing women in the pulpit. My very presence and higher voice can challenge assumptions about who should have leadership and a voice in the church."
The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner is pastor and the head of staff at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in North Carolina. The church sits in the mountains just 20 miles from Asheville and right outside the gates of the Montreat Conference Center.
Shannon describes her leadership role at the church as a “generalist” and, among many other duties, she preaches and leads weekly worship, resources several committees, supervises staff, does pastoral care and visitation, sits on the Union Presbyterian Seminary Board of Trustees, and is co-chair of the NEXT Church Strategy team, a movement within the domination that wants to inspire imagination and encourage healthy congregational leadership. Continue reading this AllWomen in the Church profile.