COSROW invites churches to celebrate March 2023 as Women in the Pulpit Month

February 01, 2023

Dear Family in Christ of the United Methodist Conference of North Alabama,

The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) of North Alabama will celebrating March 2023 as Women in the Pulpit Month. Women have been preachers throughout the Christian scriptures, the history of the church, and the Wesleyan movement, but many North Alabama United Methodist Churches still have not had the benefit of hearing and being led by women preachers. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the tradition of women being called and equipped as preachers of the Gospel of Christ? COSROW hopes that every North Alabama United Methodist Congregation will hear from a female preacher on at least one Sunday during the month of March. To share and celebrate your experience of Women in the Pulpit Month, we hope you will post pictures and stories on social media using the hashtag #WomenInThePulpit.

Below is a list of both lay and clergy women who are qualified preachers in the North Alabama Annual Conference, who are available to visit churches that may not have a woman on staff or a lay woman who feels called and equipped to preach. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the trained female preachers in our conference. We encourage you to look to the women of your own churches and communities and to ask your DS if you need assistance finding a woman to preach one Sunday in March.

We look forward to celebrating the calling and gifts of the women of our conference. Thank you for embracing this opportunity to make sure every church has a chance to hear the Good News from the voices of women.

Reverend Sarah Smoot
Chair of North Alabama Conference COSROW

North Alabama Women who are available as guest preachers:



  • Lisa Keys Matthews (Florence First UMC)
  • Joan Boothe (Carrollton UMC)
  • Brooke Thomas (Jennings Chapel UMC)
  • Lou Ann Hubbard (Hamilton UMC)
  • Sharon Owens (St. Paul UMC)
  • Carlie Baird (Forest Lake UMC)
  • Tina Eure (Union Chapel UMC)
  • Lynn Hamric (Forest Lake UMC)

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