Directory of Female Pastored Churches

20140223-204732.jpgI long for a day when women pastors will simply be known as “pastor.” In some sectors of Christianity, this is already true. But in many places, even ones that are officially supportive of female pastors, it is still a rarity.

So I’ve created a directory of churches where the primary leader (senior pastor, lead pastor, solo pastor, etc.) is a woman. That doesn’t devalue the ministry or importance of many women and men that serve as staff pastors. But I sense that some people would really prefer to have a woman in the senior pastoral role and the directory can help them find such a church. I also think this list will be encouraging to those for whom women in ministry is an important issue but is not affirmed where they are.

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

Here are the guidelines: If you know of a church where a woman is the senior/primary leader, please add it to the comments with four bits of information. 1. The name of the church. 2. The denominational affiliation if known and if not obvious from the name. 3. The name of the church’s city and state. 4. A link to some online presence for the church– webpage (preferred), Facebook page, or Twitter account. (Optional #5: link to video or audio download, streaming, or podcasting of sermons.) Submit this information in the comments below and every few weeks I will add them to the page and delete them from the comments.

I won’t vouch for any of these churches, their leaders, or their doctrine and practice. I only ask that churches only be submitted that self-identify as Christian churches. Users of the list can discern for themselves about the doctrine, polity, and practice of the church.

Anniston – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Carbon Hill – Carbon Hill First United Methodist
Tanner – Mighty Warrior Church     audio

Chandler/Gilbert – Chalice Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Tucson – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Chula Vista –  First Baptist Church Chula Vista, American Baptist 
Ladera – Ladera Community Church (United Church of Christ)
La Mesa –  Vista La Mesa Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Menlo Park – St. Bede’s Episcopal
Morgan Hill – Advent Lutheran(ELCA)
Norco – Beacon Hill Assembly of God
Redwood City – St. Peter’s Episcopal
Reseda – Iglesia Cristiana Puente de Vida Asambleas de Dios
San Bruno – Sacred Church (Assemblies of God)
San Carlos – Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal)
San Francisco – Engrafted Word Fellowship
San Francisco – Glide Memorial Church (United Methodist)   audio
San Francisco – Grace Cathedral (Episcopal)
San Francisco – Nineteenth Avenue Baptist
Santa Monica – First United Methodist     audio
Sausalito – Sausalito Christian Fellowship
Torrance – Iglesia Cristiana Navegando con Jesus
Tracy – First Tracy United Methodist
Tustin – Unity Church
Valencia – St Stephen’s Episcopal

Boulder – First Congregational (United Church of Christ)
Broomfield – The Refuge
Denver – House For All Sinners And Saints (ELCA)     audio
Longmont – Life House Covenant (Evangelical Covenant)
Loveland – First Congregational (United Church of Christ)
Silverthorne – Elements Church (Assemblies of God)

Monroe – The Monroe Congregational Church (UCC)
Plainville – The Congregational Church of Plainville (UCC)
Woodstock – First Congregational Church of Woodstock (United Church of Christ)


Dover – Wesley United Methodist
Houston – Canaan Full Gospel Christian Church
Newark – Newark United Church of Christ
Sussex County – Safe Harbor United Church of Christ

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

Fort Lauderdale – 4th Avenue International Worship Center (Church of God)
Ft. Myers – Vineyard Church of Ft. Myers
Lakeland – Epic Church
Melbourne – Jesus is the Key
Miami Gardens – Jesus People Ministries Church International
Orlando – Audubon Park Covenant (Evangelical Covenant)
Pembroke Pines – New Life Assembly of God     video
Southwest Ranches – New Horizon United Methodist
St Augustine – St. John’s Vineyard

Americus – Fellowship Baptist
Atlanta – Druid Hills Baptist
Atlanta – Grace United Methodist
Atlanta – St. Mark United Methodist
Decatur – First Baptist 
Devereux – Beulah Baptist
Griffin – St. John Lutheran (ELCA)
Newnan – Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor
Silver Creek – Silver Creek Presbyterian (PCUSA)

Bartlett – Living Lord Lutheran (ELCA)     audio
Blue Island – The Salvation Army
Capron – Capron Lutheran
Chicago – Community Christian Church Edgewater      audio
Chicago – Community Christian Church Lincoln Square
Chicago – Edgewater Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Chicago – Epworth United Methodist
Chicago – Fourth Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Chicago – Friendship Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Chicago – Grace Commons (PCUSA)
Chicago – Grace Evangelical Covenant
Chicago – Lake View Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Chicago – Lincoln Park Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Chicago – Living Water Community Church (Mennonite)
Chicago – New Life Believer’s Church
Chicago – North Shore Baptist (American Baptist)
Chicago Heights – The Emmaus Community     audio
East St. Louis – Urban Outreach Worship Center (Assemblies of God)
Eureka – Eureka Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Evanston – Reba Place
Freeport – My Church (Assemblies of God)
Hanover Park – Christ Presbyterian (PCUSA)
La Grange – First Congregational Church of La Grange (United Church of Christ)
Naperville – Community United Methodist
Plainfield – Sharon United Methodist
Roselle – Roselle United Methodist
Urbana – Living Hope Foursquare

Bloomington – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Cedar Lake – Cedar Lake Gateway Christian Fellowship (Assemblies of God)
Churubusco – Churubusco United Methodist
Covington – Benson Chapel United Methodist
Decatur – First United Methodist
Fort Wayne- New Zion Tabernacle
Georgetown – Tunnel Hill Christian
Hammond-Munster – The Salvation Army
Howe – Howe United Methodist
Howe – Pretty Prairie United Methodist
Huntington – Evangelical United Methodist
Indianapolis – The Garden (United Methodist)      audio
Indianapolis – Meridian Street United Methodist     audio
Indianapolis – Old Bethel United Methodist
Jeffersonville – New Chapel United Methodist
Marion – Allen Temple AME
Milroy – Milroy United Methodist
Mishawaka – Albright United Methodist
Morgantown – Morgantown United Methodist
Muncie – College Avenue United Methodist
Nashville – Nashville United Methodist Church
New Albany – Covenant Community Fellowship
Portage – Portage Evangelical Covenant
Royal Center – Royal Center United Methodist
Scottsburg – Scottsburg United Methodist
St. Paul – Union Chapel United Methodist
Waldron – Waldron United Methodist

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

Andover – Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Coralville – Vineyard Community Church
Council Bluffs – First Assembly of God
Council Bluffs – The Salvation Army
Davenport – Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ
Dumont – Dumont Reformed Church
Knoxville – Eden Valley Foursquare
Waukon – Zion United Church of Christ

Emporia – First United Methodist
Emporia – The Salvation Army
Kansas City – Rainbow Mennonite
Lenexa – Lenexa United Methodist
Manhattan – The Salvation Army
McPherson – McPherson Free Methodist
Olathe – Grace United Methodist
Olathe – St. Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Prairie Village – Asbury United Methodist
Wichita – West Heights United Methodist
Wichita – Woodland United Methodist
Winfield – Grandview United Methodist

Lousville – Fern Creek Baptist
Oakdale – Oakdale Free Methodist
Paris – River of Life Church (Assemblies of God)
Port Royal – Port Royal Baptist

Thomaston – Federated Church of Thomaston (United Church of Christ/United Methodist)

Baltimore – Good Shepherd United Methodist
Baltimore – Grace United Church of Christ
Baltimore – six:eight United Church of Christ
Baltimore – St. Mark’s United Church of Christ
Baltimore – United Evangelical United Church of Christ
Bethesda – Bethesda United Church of Christ
Brunswick – Grace Episcopal
Catonsville – Immanuel United Church of Christ
Catonsville – St. John’s United Church of Christ
Deer Park – Deer Park United Methodist
Grantsville – World Lighthouse Worship Center
Havre de Grace – Webster United Church of Christ
Hyattsville – Hyattsville Seventh Day Adventist
Kitzmiller – Mt. Bethel United Methodist
Nottingham – Zion United Church of Christ
Rockville – Twinbrook Baptist
Silver Spring – Silver Spring United Methodist
Towson – First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ
Towson – Maryland Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Boston – International Community Church (American Baptist)
Dorchester- Deliverance Temple Worship Center (Church of God)
Springfield – Orchard Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant)

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

Buchanan – Oronoko United Methodist
Berrien Springs – Berrien Springs United Methodist
Coldwater – First Presbyterian
Coldwater – Girard United Methodist
Concord – First Presbyterian
Grand Rapids – St. Paul’s United Methodist
Hinchman – Hinchman United Methodist
Jackson – The Assembly (Assembly of God)     audio
Kalamazoo – Milwood United Methodist
Marshall – Marshall Assembly of God
Marshall – First Presbyterian
Marshall – Marshall United Methodist
Marshall – Trinity Episcopal
Pinckney – Community Congregational United Church of Christ
Saranac – Saranac Community Church (Evangelical Covenant)
South Haven – South Haven United Methodist

Bloomington – Normandale Hylands United Methodist
Brooklyn Center – Mosaic United Methodist
Chanhassen – Discovery United Methodist     audio
Eagan – Easter Lutheran (ELCA)    audio
Edina – Good Samaritan United Methodist
Maplewood – Christ United Methodist
Mankato – Centenary United Methodist
Minneapolis – Abbey Way Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant)
Minneapolis – Living Spirit United Methodist
Minneapolis – North United Methodist
Minneapolis – Prospect Park United Methodist
Minneapolis – Richfield United Methodist
Minneapolis – The Salvage Yard     audio
Minnetonka – Minnetonka United Methodist
Monticello – Monticello Covenant (Evangelical Covenant)
New Ulm – First United Methodist
Rosemount – Rosemount United Methodist
St. Anthony – Faith United Methodist
St. Louis Park – Aldersgate United Methodist
St. Paul – Camphor Memorial United Methodist
St. Paul – Fairmount Avenue United Methodist
St. Paul – Saint Anthony Park United Methodist
St. Peter – Good Samaritan United Methodist
Stillwater –First United Methodist
White Bear Lake – Christ the King Lutheran (ELCA)
White Bear Lake – Parkview United Church of Christ

Carthage – The Salvation Army
Columbia – First Baptist
Hazelwood – Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (ELCA)
Maplewood – Maplewood United Methodist
Pacific – Pacific Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Springfield – Grace United Methodist
St. Louis – Centenary/ Lafayette Park United Methodist
St. Louis – Grace United Methodist
St. Louis – New Covenant United Methodist
St. Louis – Normandy United Methodist
St. Louis – North Park United Methodist
St. Louis – Salem United Methodist
St. Louis – Samaritan United Methodist
St. Louis – St. Luke’s United Methodist
St. Louis – Union United Methodist
St. Louis – University United Methodist
St. Peters – The Merge
Webster Groves – Webster Hills United Methodist
Webster Groves –First United Methodist

Ceresco – Ceresco Covenant (Evangelical Covenant)
Grand Island – Trinity United Methodist
Hastings – Grace United Methodist
Omaha – First United Methodist
Norfolk – Grace Community
Papillion – Saint Paul’s United Methodist

New Hampshire
Plymouth – Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Wolfeboro – First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro (United Church of Christ)

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

New Jersey
Bordentown – First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
Livingston – Trinity Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant)
Millington – All Saints’ EpiscopalYardville – United Presbyterian Church

New York
Endicott – Union Presbyterian (PCUSA)     video
Farmington – Farmington Friends Church (Quaker)
Hamburg – St. James United Church of Christ
New RochelleRefugio de Esperanza – Refuge of Hope (Spanish and English services)
New York – Middle Collegiate Church
New York (Harlem) – St. Matthew’s Baptist
Rochester – Asbury First United Methodist
Verona – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (ELCA)

North Carolina
Asheville – Land of the Sky United Church of Christ
Chocowinity – Your Day of Deliverance Ministries (Assemblies of God)
Durham – Watts Street Baptist
Hendersonville – Providence Baptist
Leland – Goshen Baptist
Raliegh – Crabtree Valley Baptist
Raleigh – Millbrook Baptist
Smithfield – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Zebulan – The Transformation Church (Assemblies of God)

Akron – Arlington Church of God (Church of God, Anderson)
Avon – Avon United Methodist
Avon Lake – Lake Shore United Methodist
Chagrin Falls – Chagrin Falls United Methodist
Cincinnati –  Trinity Community Church (Evangelical Covenant)
Cincinnati – Winton Community Free Methodist Church     audio
Cleveland Heights- Church of the Redeemer (United Methodist)
Eldorado – Universalist Church (Unitarian Universalist)
Gahanna- EastSide Community Church (Assemblies of God)     audio
Independence – Rock Church (Assemblies of God)
Lordstown – Harvest Point Church of God (Church of God, Anderson)
Mentor – Hope Ridge United Methodist

Del City – Del City First Church of the Nazarene
Norman – McFarlin United Methodist
Vinita- First United Methodist
Skiatook – Skiatook United Methodist
Tulsa – St Paul’s United Methodist

Heppner – Heppner United Methodist
Milwaukie – Milwaukie Presbyterian
Portland – First United Methodist
Portland – Mt. Scott Church of God

Franklin – Sugarcreek United Methodist
Freeburg – Freeburg United Methodist
Kenhorst – One United Church of Christ
Mohnton – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA)
Mt Pleasant Mills –  Mt Pleasant Mills United Methodist
Pittsburgh – Ingomar United Methodist
Port Trevorton – Hope United Methodist
Shamokin Dam – Shamokin Dam United Methodist
Sinking Spring – Wyomissing United Church of Christ
Waterford – First Presbyterian
York – Mt.Zion United Church of Christ

South Caralina
Columbia – Kathwood Baptist Church (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship)
Conway – Palmetto Missionary Baptist

South Dakota
Clark – Garden City/Clark United Methodist
Souix Falls – Mercy Church (Mennonite/Christian Missionary Alliance)     audio

Chattanooga – Omega Harvest Church (Church of God)
Cookeville – Providence Baptist
Dickson – Mount Lebanon United Methodist
Rockwood – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
White House – White House Church of God

Austin – Highland Park Baptist
Arlington – Epworth United Methodist
Arlington – Novitas Church
Beaumont – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
El Paso – Desert View United Church of Christ
Fort Worth – First Congregational United Church of Christ
Fort Worth – Villages Community Church (Assemblies of God)
Fort Worth – Sanctuary of Praise
Galveston – Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Garland – Buckingham United Methodist     audio
Houston – Heights Church of Christ
Houston – International Seafarers Center
Houston – Kirkwood South Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Houston – Love-Joy Glory Church
Houston – St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Irving – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Lockhart – Faith/Fe Presbyterian
Luling – First Presbyterian Church
Luling – First United Methodist
Luling – Trinity Lutheran
Pampa – First United Methodist
Pipe Creek – Un Nuevo Amanecer /New Day Church Assembly of God
Rosenberg – First Assembly of God
Rowlett – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Smithville – First Presbyterian 
Stephenville – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Sugar Land – Grace Chinese Baptist
Temple – Meadow Oaks Baptist
Wharton – First United Methodist Church

Alexandria – Hope United Church of Christ
Arlington – Bethel United Church of Christ
Arlington –Rockspring United Church of Christ
Falls Church – Christ Crossman United Methodist
Great Falls – Great Falls United Methodist
North Garden – Mooreland Baptist
Richlands – First United Methodist
Richmond – Ginter Park Baptist
Springfield – Community Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant)
South Riding – Christ Church Anglican (ACNA)

Washington D.C.
Calvary Baptist
National Baptist Memorial

For a complete list of my articles arguing for women’s pastoral leadership and on issues related to women as pastors, see my page on women in ministry.

Cosmopolis – Connection Church (Assemblies of God)
Dayton – First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ)
Issaquah – Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship (Free Methodist)
Olympia – The United Churches of Olympia (UCC and PCUSA)
Richland – All Saint’s Episcopal
Tacoma – Browns Point United Methodist
West Seattle – Bethany Community Church (West Seattle Campus)

West Virginia

Evansville – Cooksville Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Evansville –  Evansville United Methodist
Genoa City – First Congregational United Church of Christ
Horicon, Juneau, and Lowell – Shared Covenant Ministries (United Methodist)
La Crosse – Wesley United Methodist
Madison – Trinity United Methodist 
McFarland – McFarland United Church of Christ
New Berlin – Bethel Hill United Methodist
Onalaska – Onalaska United Methodist
Ripon – First Congregational United Church of Christ of Ripon
Waunakee – Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Casper – Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Casper – United Church of Christ
Laramie – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Wheatland – United Church of Christ


  1. says

    Hi, my name is Rev. Tasha Anderson, the Senior Pastor/ Founder of Forever Increasing in Faith Ministries. I’ve led our church in praise and worship services to God since 2008. So grateful I am to The Lord for granting me the opportunity to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was once declared Baptist, however for the past 9years, my demominational affiliation has been non-denominational. Sunday morning worship services are recorded and currently held in the cafeteria of a nursing facility as well as at nearby hotel. I’m very concerned about the church growing in number, knowledge and spirit. I can use any spiritual advice or encouragement as we as a church body strive to reach higher heights for the the kingdom of God.

    • says

      Hello I Saw Your Message. I believe if you teach truth from the written word of GOD and practice it apply it and seek God every day good and bad never cease in prayer and one of the hardest be silent and seek God for the direction he has for you you will be one of the best leaders for the kingdom of God. I pray that all of these magnify in your life your leaders life and your church. God bless you sister! My pastor is a woman and she applies all of that. You are welcome to watch her sermons.

  2. Regina Neal says

    MY name is Pastor Rachel Neal. I pastor along side of my husband, Lonnie Neal at Wind Beneath My Wings Christian Fellowship in Norton , Ohio. We are a Non Denominational church and or feature of burden is that of Ministry to the abusive mindset. We have been in ministry for over 38 years. Would love to Fellowship with other female Pastors!

  3. Angee says

    One of the best pastors in America is Kathi Busch pastor of Rivercross Church in New Castle, DE. Best kept secret in America.

    • Pastor Jeanine says

      I am self replying to try and determine how names are added to the updated list. This original Dec 29, 2018 post I do not see added to the main list as of 2/5/19 therefore I am replying in an attempt to see here this go, am I notified, etc. Blessings to all my brothers and sisters in the Lord for our faithful and focused service.

      • says

        Hi Jeanine, I haven’t updated the list in some time. I will go back and update at some point but you can see from the old comments that I haven’t added anything in a while.

        • Pastor Jeanine says

          Thanks Jeremiah. I am sure it is a daunting task. If you have an excel spread sheet prepared and this is a WordPress update, I can offer my help in adding some for you. I do work in our church wordpress. Thanks for all you do. You are such a light for female pastors who need the encouragement and kindness. Lord bless your ministry to and for HIm.
          Serving the King,
          Pastor Jeanine~

  4. Jason O'Neil says

    Rev. Charlene Harris Allen is a Who’s Who Pastor in Elkhart, Indiana at New Hope UMC. She is dynamic and compassionate.

  5. Sarai says

    San Diego, CA: University City United Church, 2877 Governor Dr, San Diego, CA 92122, (858) 453-3444,

    Family friendly with active children’s programs. Lead by Minister Iona Dickinson, since January 15, 2015. Small chapel, with an intimate feel. They also rent out facilities for AA/other community needs, so they ARE truly tied to the community of San Diego, at a fundamental philanthropic and open arms level. Wonderful congregation to grow with, and join as you are.

  6. Rev. Claudia Robinson says

    Thank you for this list and recognition of God’s call to women! Please add me, Reverend Claudia Anne Robinson, Founder and Preaching Pastor, Mercy Christian Church, Fayetteville, Georgia, a ministry to senior adults in an assisted living facility for eleven years!

  7. Brenda K Eldridge says

    Rev. Brenda K. Eldridge
    West Street Missionary Baptist Church
    Oakland, CA

    (Sorry, no website).

  8. Stephanie Griffin says

    Hi. Pastor Stephanie Griffin is the leader of Seventh Day Sabbath Church of God, Jamaica, Queens here in Jamaica, New York. We are Non-Denominational.

    Please add to your listing. Thank you.

  9. Dr.M says

    Seriously – time to update this list of female pastored churches (not just churches with women who preach, but egalitarian churches with a woman lead pastor).

    • says

      You are right. I need to get to that at some point. But you are right that I only include churches with a woman as Senior Pastor, so that research is just part of the reason I haven’t updated in a long time.

  10. says

    Good morning. My name is Rev. Dr. Sharyon Cosey and I am founder and also senior pastor of our church, ABBA Church of Renewed Faith in Chicago. The church can be found on FB n my info can also be found on FB n LinkedIn. Our church is non-denominational and are members of
    International Council of Community Churches. Thanks!

  11. says

    Good Morning,
    Thank you so much for this directory.

    Since 2014, I have been the proud Senior Pastor and first woman Pastor in the history of the church which was founded by slaves in 1867.
    We are a church that is recognized in the state of Texas as a Texas Registered Landmark Church. We are a church rich in culture and rooted in the Word. “Love God. Love People”

    St. Paul Baptist Church in Paris, Texas
    Rev. Dr. Shay Bills, Sr. Pastor

  12. says

    Dr. J. G. Rice – Chief Apostle and
    Presiding Prelate of the “IGACCW”
    Interglobal Association of Christian Churches Worldwide

    Chief APOSTLE / Senior Pastor of : Greater Harvest Christian Center Churches Worldwide

    Covering 3 Locations:
    Fort Lauderdale Florida
    Jacksonville Florida
    Cleveland Ohio
    Office phone
    954-633 7813

    Chancellor : Harvest University Bible College

    E MAIL :

  13. LaVerne Mitchrll says

    Would like to add Pastor LaVerne Mitchell Senior Pastor at House of Hope Community Church in Lemon Grove CA. Email 6198573297 on Facebook Hoh Hope please and thank you so much please call if more info needed

  14. says

    Dr J G Rice the Chief Apostle if Greater Harvest Christian Center and Kingdom City Ministries is NOT LISTED among your Florida Churches. She us an Author, Psalmists, Revivalist, Mentor, Life Coach and a Certified Christian Counselor/ & Christian Psychotherapist. Submit leader and Community activist.

  15. says

    Hi Jeremiah! I’ve read your blog for a long time, and really appreciate it. I’d love to have my church added to your list. It’s:

    1. Crossroads Nazarene Church
    2. Church of the Nazarene
    3. Chandler, AZ

    Thank you for maintaining the only (to my knowledge) readily available list like this!

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