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

#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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Office of General Minister and President searches for Financial Reporting Accountant

Financial Reporting Accountant, Office of the General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Apply here. JOB DESCRIPTION Summary/Objective Support OGMP in providing treasury & accounting services to various ministries through financial statement preparation, budget formulation and management, cost controls, financial analysis, reporting to recipients & donors, and ministry relationships. Computerizes, classifies, records, verifies […]

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General Minister and President reflects on General Assembly

August 2019 Dear Church – My heart is still singing from the holy time we shared in Des Moines last month. The Spirit was present and real in worship. The discussions were deep in the workshops. The joy was tangible at the meal events.  Our programming for youth and young adults included education about the […]

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National Convocation administrative secretary announces 2020 retirement date

For almost 16 years, Rev. Dr. Timothy James has been an associate general minister and the administrative secretary for the National Convocation. By his retirement date of Dec. 31, 2020, he will have had more than 17 years in the position. “I have had such a wonderful time serving over these years.  I am deeply […]

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Disciples leaders visit Missouri tornado victims

Submitted by Week of Compassion After the devastation of recent tornadoes and significant flooding that followed, communities across the Midwest begin the long journey towards recovery. Jefferson City, MO suffered some of the most significant impact. Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin says, “As our city and state recover from these devastating storms and flooding, the […]

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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