For nearly a decade, Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo has been the face of Disciples Women across the Church. Starting her tenure just as the ministry was becoming a self-determining ministry sistered with Disciples Home Missions, she has led through a time of reimagining and change. Because of the strong organization of Disciples Women under her predecessor, reorganizing with women making their own decisions for the direction of the ministry had become a reality.
Donahoo will be retiring June 30, 2021. The search committee will begin its work January 1, 2021.
Donahoo writes, “We have tried to adapt and move to continue to be relevant and effective in serving the Church. We have felt the call to encourage and uplift women to remind them that they, too, are the beloved of God and are called to hear their call and live it out. I trust my successor will continue to accompany and encourage women in their journey with Christ.”
Among the many changes, connections and projects during Donahoo’s tenure are the emphasis on ending human trafficking, a project to include more younger women in women’s ministries, leading Woman-to-Woman Worldwide delegations to five countries, involvement in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and partnerships with Global Ministries around women’s issues.
“I trust that the Disciples Church will continue to be a light in a world that needs hope, love, and justice. I look forward to having the opportunity to serve in my local congregation. My passion for empowering women and reminding them that they are God’s beloved has not waned and I will continue this work in new ways and in new venues.
“My years as Executive Director have been an incredible blessing and I have received love and joy beyond my expectations. During my time and working with talented and dedicated Executive Committee members, difficult decisions have been made and change has been constant. This need for change continues and as our history illustrates, Disciples Women will continue to be catalysts for change and lead the way in mission and ministry.”
Donahoo came to her position from Henson Valley Christian Church in Fort Washington, MD, having also served in pastoral positions in Pennsylvania. She is a third generation Disciple.