Special Resource

Panel discussions will feature Rev. Pam Driesell, Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell, and Rev. Melanie Marsh, addressing some of the deepest questions women bring to us each year: How do I create healthy boundaries? How do I navigate transitions well?

our panelists

REV. PAM DRIESELL is a Pastor in Residence with Iron Sharpening Iron. She began ordained ministry in 1999 as the organizing pastor of a PCUSA church plant near Athens, Georgia, and served the Oconee Presbyterian Church until 2010, when she was called as the fourth Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

She has served on numerous councils and commissions, including moderating the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission, Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry’s formative Advisory Council, Columbia Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and Montreat Conference Center Board of Trustees. In 2017-18 she co-led a formation group for The King Center’s Better Together Initiative, which joined Atlanta pastors diverse in denomination, race, and political ideology in the work of racial justice and community transformation.

REV. MELANIE MARSH is Transitional Pastor  of Riveria Presbyterian Church in Miami, FL.  Rev. Marsh comes to Riviera from Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, where she served as senior pastor. Melanie is a child of Caribbean immigrants, a lifelong Presbyterian and a native of Central Florida. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Florida State University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Before going into Ministry, she worked in the performing arts, arts education and community activism in Florida and Southern California. She has three young children who love all things outdoors. Rev. Marsh and her family are looking forward to their new home and schools and exploring Miami.

REV. JULIE PENNINGTON-RUSSELL has served as Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC since January of 2016. Before coming to Washington, she led churches in Decatur, GA; Waco, TX and San Francisco, CA, and was the first woman to serve as senior pastor of a Baptist church in the state of Texas. Julie earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.

Julie is a pilgrim on the contemplative path and is co-director of the Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D. C. As a spiritual director, Julie loves “companioning” people as they become more and more attuned to God’s Spirit in their spirit.



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