Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens

Rev. Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President on July 9, 2017. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election.

Hord Owens’ resume includes more than 20 years in corporate America leading diverse teams in data management before she entered seminary. For 15 years, she served as the dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School, shepherding a varied student body in both background and theology.

Hord Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she celebrated 30 years of marriage prior to her election. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

Office of General Minister and President


Disciples News Service: Office of the General Minister and President

Disciples participate in commemoration of 400th anniversary

The National Council of Churches‘ Christian Unity Gathering spent Oct. 15 in Hampton, VA, observing a day of remembrance and lament. This year marks the 400th anniversary of African captives arriving for the purpose of enslavement. In addition to a retelling of the story of enslavement and the resulting racism in the United States, flowers […]

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Ecumenical group reacts to steep reduction in immigration limits

Note: The 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) addressed this issue in the form of an emergency resolution, GA 1935-Concerning Steep Reductions in Overall Refugee Resettlement Arrivals in the United States.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2019 Contact: Lynn Tramonte | media@interfaithimmigration.org | 202-255-0551 Faith Communities Decry Death Blow to U.S. […]

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Disciples and The United Church of Canada celebrate full communion

On Oct. 6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will celebrate our God-given unity. The Full Communion agreement, passed by the governing bodies of the denominations in 2018 and 2019, will be enacted at a service of worship to be held at 10:30 am at […]

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#DMFday gifts impact regional and general ministries

On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, Disciples gathered online and in-person to celebrate our Church’s past, present, and future with a giving day for Disciples Mission Fund. Coordinated by staff in the Office of General Minister and President, over $25,000 was given by individuals and congregations across the life of the Church on #DMFday. In Indianapolis, […]

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Disciples Mission Fund covenant makes ministry possible

Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) brings the whole Church together, connecting us to the life-giving and life-saving work we have been called to do. Since the mid-1900s, Disciples have used shared funding to facilitate our denomination’s growing cooperation. DMF is a simplified giving option for congregations or individuals that voluntarily share support. Gifts to DMF undergird […]

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OGMP’s Ministries


Center for Faith and Giving

Communication Ministries

  • 317.713.2492 • disciples.org
  • Disciples News Service
  • General Minister and President media relations
  • Identity initiative coordination
  • General Assembly promotion
  • Website design and maintenance

Reconciliation Ministry

  • 317.713.2587 • reconciliationministry.org
  • Pro-reconciliation/anti-racism initiative
  • Analysis and eradication of systemic racism
  • Restores wholeness to the entire Church by developing a pro-reconciling/anti-racist identity
  • Resources congregations, teams and general ministries


Treasury Services

  • 317.713.2444 • disciplesmissionfund.org
  • Disciples Mission Fund
  • Special day offerings (Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
  • Church-wide funding strategies and resources

Week of Compassion

  • 317.713.2442 • weekofcompassion.org
  • Relief and humanitarian assistance in times of natural and human-created disaster such as war or political unrest
  • Long-term sustainable development assistance to communities in poverty or other human distress or injustice including refugee ministries
  • Hands-on outreach projects and opportunities
  • Educational, advocacy, and worship materials

Year Book and Directory Office

  • 317.713.2409 • disciples.org/yearbook
  • Congregational and regional statistics
  • Collect general ministry financial reports
  • Collect general ministry, regions, organizations and ministries directories