Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy: Our Mission

Our mission and vision

The Mission of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy is to encourage and equip women called by God to vocational Christian ministry within the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition for the advancement of God's Kingdom.

The Vision of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy is to nurture women clergy through education, networking, resources and personal encouragement and to advocate for women clergy in all aspects of church and professional leadership; serving as a resource to our supporting church traditions.
Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy (WHWC) Board of Directors
Each board member represents one of seven supporting denominations that selects its board members. The seven board members elect the officers of WHWC. The board oversees the "Come to the Water" planning committee and the Academic Initiatives committee. (If you're interested in serving on these committees, please contact your denominational representative.)

The Rev. Carla Sunberg, President
(Church of the Nazarene)
Carla is Pastor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, she and her husband, Chuck, were missionaries to the former Soviet Union for 13 years. During that time Carla worked as director of Compassionate Ministries, and Director of Theological Education for the Church of the Nazarene in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgzystan. She is currently the chairman of the USA/Canada Women Clergy Council for the Church of the Nazarene. She is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently a Ph.D. student at Nazarene Theological College and the University of Manchester. She and her husband are proud parents of two daughters, Christa and Cara.

Rev. Dr. Karen Jones, Treasurer
(Church of the Nazarene)
Karen Jones is an assistant professor at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, teaching in the School of Business. She has served as a Nazarene missionary at the Eurasia Regional Office in Switzerland and the Southern Europe Field Office in Portugal. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Arts in Missiology, and a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelorís of Science degree in Cross-Cultural Communication.

Commissioner Nancy L. Roberts
(The Salvation Army)

Rev. Terry Rose
(Brethren in Christ)

Terry is Pastor and Director of Pastoral Ministries at Messiah Village Retirement Community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She provides the leadership development and well being of the total organization including residents, clients, staff, volunteers, families and guests. Terry leads the pastoral team that oversees thirty different ministries throughout Messiah Village.


Terry graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland Ohio on May 31, 2003. She was ordained with the Brethren Church in 2004. Prior to Messiah Village Terry co-pastored with her husband, David, at Skyline View Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church in Harrisburg, PA. Terry is on the Counsel of Women in Ministry and Leadership of the BIC and is a member of the Mechanicsburg Ministerium.

Rev. Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins
(Church of God, Anderson)
MaryAnn is Associate Professor of Christian Mission and Dean of the Chapel at Anderson University School of Theology. She has been in ordained ministry in the Church of God for 30 years, serving the church in congregational ministry, as a missionary in East Africa, and in Higher Education. She is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College [BS in Religion], Azusa Pacific University [MA in Social Science], and Fuller Theological Seminary [PhD Inter-Cultural Studies]. MaryAnn married Rev. James T Hawkins in 1973, and they have two grown children. MaryAnn has attended six of the previous Come to the Water gatherings, teaching workshops at several.

Rev. Lucia Delamarter
(Free Methodist Church)
Lucia served the local church in a variety of lay leader capacities. Then the Lord called her to the ordained ministry. For 11 years she served as pastor of the Everett Free Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest. Lucia was installed as Superintendent of the Gateway Conference of the Free Methodist Church on February 9, 2006.

Her call to ministry is to call the local church back to her mission, and to lead her into the joy and responsibility of her sacred calling.

Lucia and her life-partner Greg met at Seattle Pacific University. They have been married for 36 good years (no bad ones� yet), and have added a daughter-in-law and three almost perfect grandchildren to their family of two sons. The Delamarters live in Greenville, IL.

Recorded Minister Lynn Clouser Holt
Lynn is Pastor of Education and Spiritual Formation at North Valley Friends Church in Newberg, Oregon. She also serves as the convener for WHWC�s 2011 Come to the Water conference in St. Louis, Missouri
. Since 1997, Lynn has served in professional pastoral ministry with Evangelical Friends International, and received her Master of Divinity degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She is no stranger to WHWC, having assisted the original planning board for the first CTTW conference in Glorieta, New Mexico. Lynn and her husband, Jon, have five children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Mari Gonlag
(The Wesleyan Church)

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