The Women in Ministry Initiative is led by a steering committee of about twenty pastors, friends, Seminary trustees, faculty, and specialized ministers. Dr. Abigail Rian Evans, Professor of Practical Theology Emerita, and Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita, currently serve as co-coordinators of the Initiative.

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld


Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita   Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Emerita, served on the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary from 1970–2013. For twenty-five years she served as director of the PhD program. Her research and teaching focused primarily on feminist biblical hermeneutics and advocacy of women’s leadership in the church—both in the U.S. and abroad. Together with Professor Freda Gardner, in 1975, she established the first course in women’s studies in Princeton Seminary’s curriculum. She served as chair of the Women in Church and Ministry Committee for a number of years. In addition, she was a visiting professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary, The Drew University Theological School, Boston College, and Union Theological Seminary in Dasmariñas, the Philippines. She travels the world as a speaker and teacher.   Dr. Sakenfeld was elected the 2007 president of the Society of Biblical Literature, a professional association of more than 8,000 biblical scholars. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Theology Today, and Word and World. Her publications include The Meaning of Hesed in the Hebrew Bible; Faithfulness in Action; Journeying with God; Ruth (Interpretation Commentary); and Just Wives?: Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today. She was a member of the translation committee responsible for preparing the NRSV Bible and General Editor for The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, five volumes appearing 2006–2009.   As a minister (teaching elder) ordained in 1970 in the PCUSA she has been involved in church leadership at many levels, including locally in Nassau Presbyterian Church’s Adult Education committee, regionally as moderator of the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 2001 and more widely as a representative of the PCUSA to the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches. She was the recipient of the 2016 PCUSA Award for Excellence in Theological Education.  

Abigail Rian Evans


Professor of Practical Theology Emerita Abigail Rian Evans, Charlotte Newcombe Professor of Practical Theology Emerita, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the development of innovative approaches to health and wellness. She has drawn widely from the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, ethics, religion, and spirituality and has been instrumental in developing effective new approaches for the delivery of health care in her extensive publications and lectures. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Seminary and Georgetown University. Currently, she is a senior scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics and an adjunct professor in the department of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. She also serves as co-coordinator of Princeton Seminary’s Women in Ministry Initiative and as theological associate at Fairfax Presbyterian Church. She is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Charlotte Newcombe Professor of Practical Theology Emerita. While at the Seminary she taught twelve different courses on bioethics, pastoral care, health care issues, and women in ministry. Abigail served as the Seminary’s director of Intern and Clinical Pastoral Education Programs. She was the founder and director of health ministries for the National Capital Presbytery. She previously served as the director of new programs and senior staff associate at Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, chaplain of Columbia University, synod executive. She pastored churches in five states and was a missionary in Brazil. She was ordained as a minister in the PCUSA in 1969. Abigail served as a consultant to National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Alzheimer’s Association, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and George Washington and Georgetown University Animal Care Committees and as a member of the Clinton Health Care Reform Task Force. Recent publications include: Evans, Bartollas, Henke, and Graham, The Long Shadow of Emile Cailliet (Wipf and Stock, 2011) Abigail Rian Evans, Is God Still at the Bedside? Medical, Ethical and Pastoral Issues in Death and Dying (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011) Abigail Rian Evans, Healing Liturgies for the Seasons of Life (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004)  

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Committee Members


Evans, The Reverend Dr. Abigail Rian
Co-Coordinator, Women in Ministry
Professor Emerita Princeton Theological Seminary


Sakenfeld, The Reverend Dr. Katharine Doob   
Co-Coordinator, Women in Ministry
Professor Emerita Princeton Theological Seminary


Anton, The Reverend Mary Beth  
Pastor, Tres Rios Presbytery, Texas


Brady, The Reverend Jane        
Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Pemberton, New Jersey


Brincivalli, The Reverend Dr. Deborah                 
Executive Presbyter, West Jersey Presbytery, New Jersey


Butter, The Reverend Sarah Jo Sarchet       
Senior Pastor, Village Church, Wellesley, Massachusetts


Chang, The Reverend Professor Dr. Sang            
President for Asia, World Council of Churches


Douglass, Dr. Jane Dempsey        
Professor Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Evans, Mrs. Rosemary Hall          
Trustee Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Fitzgerald, Dr. Mary Lee         
Trustee Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Foulger, The Reverend Dr. Sarah M.           
Pastor, Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, Maine


Gambrell, Mrs. Sarah Belk    
Trustee Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Gardner, Dr. Freda Ann     
Professor Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Gotwals, Dr. Joan I.      
Trustee Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary


Hagner, The Reverend Nancy J.    
Associate Rector, Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey


Hite, Ms. Elinor Kirkland     
Human Resources Professional/Executive Coach, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois


Jackson-Weaver, Dr. Karen   
Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Board of Trustees, Liaison, Princeton Theological Seminary


Langley, The Reverend Dr. Regina D.
Fellow, Center for Theology, Women and Gender, Princeton Theological Seminary


Lapsley, Dr. Jacqueline E.        
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary


Martin, Ms. Jerria CurDaun  
Executive Director, 21st Century Youth Leadership, Selma, Alabama


McKinley, The Reverend Deborah Ann              
Pastor, East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, Craftsbury, Vermont


 Mehr-Muska, The Reverend Tracy Walsh      
Protestant Chaplain – Wesleyan University


Mendez, The Reverend Amy Amparo    
Pastor for Church Development and Multi-Racial Ministries, Presbytery of Denver, Colorado


Russell, The Reverend Lana Elizabeth      
Member, Mission Presbytery, Texas


Sausville, The Reverend Gretchen Noelle        
Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford, Connecticut


Van Zandt, The Reverend Jennifer Marie              
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Boonton, New Jersey


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Staff Support
Princeton Seminary Office of Advancement


McCollum, Brian Keith, The Reverend
Director, Alumni/ae Relations


Teri Bell
Administrative Assistant, Event Coordinator



Co-Coordinators Committee Members Staff Support