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

No one excluded from God’s love

A joint reflection of faith from General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens, and AllianceQ Executive Director and Minister Melissa Guthrie Loy From Terri Hord Owens “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.  By this everyone will know that […]

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Posted on January 13, 2020
Filed under: From the GMP, General Assembly
Interim administrative secretary sought for National Convocation

Applications due March 31, 2020 The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Board of Trustees has begun the search for the position of Interim Administrative Secretary. The Interim Administrative Secretary will provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to undergird the ministries of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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General Minister & President offers New Year’s greeting

Dear Disciples – A new decade dawns and new possibilities are shooting up all over the Church. Like the stump of Jesse in Isaiah 11 above, we are seeing new energy as Disciples find ways to show up in the world. This passage from the Christmas lectionary is a model for our “movement for wholeness.” […]

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Disciples Mission Fund makes ministry possible

The past year was full of incredible examples our Church showing up in the world, loving our neighbors, working for justice, and sharing the gospel. This good work is made possible by your congregation’s gifts to Disciples Mission Fund (DMF). In 2019, Disciples responded to the refugee crisis around the world through partnerships fostered through […]

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Free Special Day Offering materials available to order

As you prepare for 2020, update your order for free Special Day Offering materials! For each Special Day Offering (Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), the following materials are available to order on the Disciples Mission Fund website: Bulletin inserts (come in packs of 50) Offering envelopes (come in packs of 50; shipped twice a year […]

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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