About Us

How do we support each other as women in ministry?

That’s a question our planning team often asks ourselves, and five years ago we answered it with, “Let’s have a conference.” So we did, in November 2014. That first Junia’s Daughters was a wonderful success, and then of course life happened among our planning group: a new baby for one, a new job for another, questions and commitments, funding sources, transitions. But the question continues to be asked, “How do we support each other as women in ministry?” So, here we are again!

All of us on the planning team are women working in ministry. We work in inner-city outreach, university campus ministry, graduate student fellowship, and church administration. We delight in and struggle with all the things these roles bring to us: preaching, curating services, fundraising, navigating structures and systems, grant-writing, pastoral care, collaboration, work-life balance (does that exist?), our own personal spiritual journeys … the list is infinite. We come from a variety of denominations: Christian Reformed, Mennonite, Anglican, Evangelical. Some of us have worked in ministry for decades, some of us for a shorter while. But we all know how multifaceted ministry is; we know it can be deeply life-giving and deeply challenging. And we know it’s always helpful to not have to tread the journey alone.

And this is why we are holding another Junia’s Daughters conference on May 25: to share and learn from each other, to support and challenge each other, to celebrate our roles as women in ministry, and, at the end of the day, to go forth renewed.

We invite you to join us.

 

Our leadership team is:

  • Marcia Boniferro

  • Amanda Jagt 

  • Thea Prescod 

  • Carol Scovil

  • Aileen Verdun

 

 About Junia

“Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.”
— Romans 16:7

So writes Paul in his letter to the Romans (16:7), describing both Andronicus and Junia as having a high level of leadership and authority in the early church. However, although for centuries it was accepted that “Junia” referred to a female disciple (as such a name would only have been given to a woman), more recent translations added an “s” to the end of the name, turning it into the masculine Junias. Recent scholarship has revealed that this masculine form of the name was rarely used in the ancient world, and modern scholars by and large acknowledge that Junia was indeed a female apostle.

The character of Junia – an apostle in the early church, a colleague of Paul who was in Christ before he was – and the story of her name being changed to the masculine before being reaffirmed as female, resonate with us as women in ministry. We decided to name our conference “Junia’s Daughters” for two reasons: to acknowledge that we carry on the mission (and the struggle) of our female forebearers in ministry, having been called by God to such work as Junia was; and, to proclaim that women in ministry exist, have always existed, and are not going anywhere.