Ashland Theological Seminary Sets Lecture Series on "Women Called to Preach and Lead"

10/6/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland Theological Seminary's Fall Lecture Series, titled "Breaking Stained Glass Ceilings: Women Called to Preach and to Lead," is scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26. All lectures for the series will be held in the Smetzer Auditorium of the Gerber Academic Center at ATS.

The series will focus on supporting women in their calling to ministry and leadership, and will feature Dr. Roberta Hestenes as keynote speaker and Dr. Mimi Haddad as plenary speaker, as well as Dr. Paul Chilcote and Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt leading workshops.

The lectures are free and open to the public, however registration is required. To learn more about the speakers and for a complete schedule of events and registration, visit

Dr. Roberta Hestenes, minister at large for World Vision, an international relief and development agency, was born and raised in a non-Christian household in southern California, and became a passionate Christian during her student years at Whittier College. She worked at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., until 1987, when Eastern College (now Eastern University) asked her to become their first full-time president. In 1996, she returned to San Diego and became the senior pastor at a Presbyterian church. She has written or co-authored seven books, and five universities have awarded her honorary doctorates.

Dr. Mimi Haddad is the president of Christians for Biblical Equality, a non-profit organization promoting biblical equality of men and women. Haddad is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and she holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. She is also a founding member of the Evangelicals and Gender Study Group at the Evangelical Theological Society. She has also published a number of books and articles, with her latest being "Coming Together in the 21st Century."

Dr. Paul Chilcote is the professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies and director for the Center of Applied Wesleyan Studies at the Ashland Theological Seminary. He has been involved in theological education in three countries, including Kenya. He is the author of 15 books and is currently serving as a unit editor in "The Works of John Wesley" project, and is president of The Charles Wesley Society and the Academy for Evangelism.

Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt is an assistant professor of Counseling at the Ashland Theological Seminary. She is a licensed counselor, as well as a registered nurse. Sadler-Gerhardt has served as an adjunct professor at John Carroll University, where she is currently a doctoral intern. She will be moderating a panel discussion during the lecture series.

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.

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