From: Dave Rod (aka Senior Pastor Grace Church) Subject: Preaching at Grace.
was that Dave was interested in a little perspective for one of his upcoming messages.
As a young girl, I’d heard of one woman named Lillie McCutcheon who preached and pastored a church in Ohio. Someday I thought, I’ll get to hear her speak. Even though I came from a denominational background where women were allowed to lead and preach, I had never seen it happen. And in the 20+ years Grace had been doing church, we hadn't either.
In that meeting, Dave popped the question. (Not that question.) No small talk which is fine with me since I am kind of a bottom line person... He jumped right in and said: It's time for a woman to preach at Grace and we'd like you to be the first. Deep breath! Whew.
I think I said something like I am honored to be asked and I am so proud of our church and leadership for being willing to stand behind the gender equality decision by taking action. But I think I think I want to pray about this and talk to my trusted advisors and friends. After processing and praying for a few weeks. I said YES!
As the news began to circulate, questions came my way.