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

Office of General Minister and President searches for Financial Reporting Accountant

JOB DESCRIPTION Financial Reporting Accountant, Office of the General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Apply here. Summary/Objective Support OGMP in providing treasury & accounting services through budget management, cost controls, financial analysis, reporting to recipients & donors, and accounting procedures. Computerizes, classifies, records, verifies and maintains numerical data for use in maintaining […]

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GMP offers Pentecost message

This message is also available via video. Transcript of video distributed May 2019 Hello Disciples. As we approach the celebration of Pentecost, we are reminded that the Church grew with fire and passion, preaching Jesus crucified, Jesus risen, and Jesus let loose in the world. Peter preached this Gospel message on the day of Pentecost, and […]

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Posted on May 19, 2019
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Associate General Minister participates in poverty tour

by Rev. Dr. Timothy M. James, Associate General Minister and Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada  The Real National Emergency Poverty tours of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Reflections Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, I, with the company of […]

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Holy Week 2019 message from the General Minister and President

Dear Church – We are approaching Easter, a time when faith communities and families gather to celebrate the joy that we have in the saving grace and resurrection of Jesus. We are also distinctly aware of new life with the signs of spring surrounding us in God’s good creation. I love this text from the […]

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Disciples leaders receive honor from Morehouse College

Submitted by Rev. Dr. Timothy James, Associate General Minister and Administrative Secretary to the National Convocation “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 Congratulations are truly in order for our General Minister and President, the Rev. Terri Hord Owens and Rev. Dr. William Crowder, pastor of the Park Manor Christian Church […]

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Center for Faith and Giving invites Disciples to upcoming generosity conference

The Generosity Transformed conference, hosted by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC), in Indianapolis April 30-May 2, is shaping up to be more than a few days of lectures and workshops. Instead, explains Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, director of the Center for Faith and Giving, the event will provide opportunities for group discussions and one-on-one conversations with […]

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OGMP’s Ministries


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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