Article by: Kevin DeYoung, Melissa Kruger, Kori Porter, Mary Willson, Sandy Willson
Panelists: Kevin DeYoung, Melissa Kruger, Kori Porter, Mary Willson, and Sandy Willson
Date: April 4, 2017
Event: The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
How can we best cultivate effective partnership in gospel ministry among men and women in the local church? How can a church help equip women for ministry within the congregation? What are some reasons for and benefits of staff positions for women in the area of discipleship and women’s ministry? This panel addresses these and other questions relating to men and women ministering together under the leadership of pastors and elders.
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
Melissa Kruger serves as women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015). Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children. She writes at Wits End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition. You can follow her on Twitter.
Kori Porter is a ministry fellow on the faculty of Christian Union at Princeton. She previously served as assistant campus ministry director at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.
Mary Willson serves as the director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. Mary is presently engaged in Old Testament doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her academic work, Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has many nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.
Sandy Willson is the interim senior pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, former senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.