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

UCC and Disciples leaders on North Korea: Peace is a process

Leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) issued this statement following the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which resulted in an understanding that Pyongyang would work toward denuclearization and the United States would end joint military exercises with South Korea. […]

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Faith leader statement on family separations

More information on the issue available on the Refugee & Immigration Ministry webpage Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders […]

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Posted on June 7, 2018
Filed under: Ecumenical, From the GMP, General
Alliance Q reacts to recent court ruling

June 5, 2018 Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance Statement on US Supreme Court’s “Masterpiece Cake” ruling The Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance (“AllianceQ”) is disappointed in yesterday’s ruling, and especially dismayed at the likelihood that some will incorrectly misinterpret the Supreme Court’s decision as allowing discrimination against LGBT people because of religious beliefs. We are grateful that the ruling […]

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Posted on June 5, 2018
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President
2018 Covenant Journal: General Board celebrates successes of pilot project

“The Mission First! pilot showed us the power of connection and the analysis gave us clarity about  action,” said Moderator Sue Morris. “Not only did we learn about the great work being done across the life of the Church, but we also learned that there is a craving for connection.” Beginning with an idea in […]

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2018 Covenant Journal: General Minister and President presents vision, goals to General Board

“We need connection,” said General Minister and President Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens. “We need connection to God, to who we are as Disciples, and to our community.” Hord Owens laid out her vision for the Church to renew its connection to God with an emphasis on the foundation of Biblical literacy. “We just don’t know […]

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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