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

In pursuit of environmental justice

By the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens As I prepared to speak at the 2019 Greater Kansas City Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service hosted at Community Christian Church, I saw the news and ensuing controversy of the conflict on the very steps the Rev. Dr. King spoke during the 1963 March on Washington. The juxtaposition […]

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Posted on January 31, 2019
Filed under: From the GMP, General
General Minister and President offers New Year’s resolutions to reconnect

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to […]

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GMP offers Advent message

This message is also available via video. Transcript of video distributed November 2018. PDF Hello Disciples, I’m Terri Hord-Owens, your General Minister and President.  For the past 16 months I have been traveling across the church in all of the US and Canada visiting with your congregations, your regional assemblies, our racial ethnic assemblies, the […]

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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