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Women’s Initiatives: Welcome Letter

Greetings Fellow Covenanters!

I am Marilyn Williams, a child of God, wife, mother, grandmother, pastor, and honored to be the first director of women’s initiatives for the Evangelical Covenant Church.

As a disciple of Jesus for the past 32 years, I have been on a kingdom journey. The Holy Spirit has led me into personal wholeness, international Christian speaking, directing women’s ministries, and pastoral ministry. Serving as a lead pastor within the ECC and later as an associate pastor were challenging and rewarding experiences.

I have been married to Michael for 35 years. Partnering with him in international missions for the last 10 years has broadened my understanding of God and of people and cultures. Together we have two adult children and two adorable grandchildren. God has blessed us with a rich life of kingdom mission, grounded in God’s love and truth.

In this new role, I see God bringing my entire life together for such a time as this. From my childhood to this moment, I believe God has been preparing me to serve for God’s purposes among us. My heart’s desire is to serve our Lord by serving this initiative. It is a new day for God’s church, and God’s women must be an integral part of it. As we grow in godliness in personal discipleship, serve our families, bless our communities, and lead pastorally, the world needs to see God’s women growing in truth, love, and impact. We are called and commissioned collectively for every area of witness, service, and leadership in the church, home, and community at large.

One of the ways we can join God in God’s mission, to see more disciples among more populations, in a more caring and just world is by fostering the flourishing of women in every area of life, ministry context, and personal call. Working collaboratively across geographical conferences, local churches, and ECC mission priorities will allow us to increase our support of women in and through every area of ministry. Through collaboration, relevant and intentional initiatives can be contextually implemented for every woman to flourish in her identity in Christ. It is exciting to see our church family integrate the flourishing of women into every area of discipleship and mission. I truly believe we are on the cutting edge of launching women for kingdom impact as never before.

As we move forward into all God has for us, we remember we are better together. We welcome your insight, concerns, and wisdom as we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit into new territory. We ask that you join us in prayer, and I look forward to all that God has planned for us and through us.

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