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Women in Leadership

We are still here! 

Join us this January 23rd, 1-4 pm just as Midwinter kicks off,--- for our annual Ministerium Conference gathering women-only to be encouraged in our call and connectedness as leaders. This year's theme is "We Are Still Here" - a reminder that we've overcome and grieved so much, and yet in God's love - we remain! We keep returning to ourselves, our voices, our wholeness and our strength in whatever context we are leading in! Come and be lifted up, to laugh and cry together, worship and pray, hear gifted speakers (including our new ECC President( not confirmed yet!), attend breakouts conversations (around leading, advocating for survivors of abuse, for women of color, and white women's antiracist work), and simply to be. All women - those who are volunteer, lay leaders, bivocational or officially licensed, commissioned, or ordained - are welcome to attend.More info will be posted on the Ministerium Website and Facebook Group- so share this with your sisters now and plan to join us - We Are Still Here!   ​

Our Team
Rev. Ruby Varghese
Rev. Mary Peterson
Rev. Stephanie Ahn Mathis
Rev. Liz Mosbo Verhage
Rev. Dieula Previlon
Rev. Laurie Cornell
Rev. Jeannette Conver

Hyatt Hotel
Daytona Room

President Swanson-Draheim serves as the first female president in the denomination’s history. She has held a variety of roles within the denomination for more than 23 years and most recently has served as superintendent of the Midwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church since 2011. We are excited to have her join us as one of our key speakers for Women in Leadership this year!

Dr. Liz Rios was born in Brooklyn and raised on Lower East Side of NYC and is a product of theLatino church. She has more than 35 years of experience in urban ministry, ranging from faith-based nonprofit leadership, higher education administration, church planting and pastoral leadership. She is the Founder of Passion2Plant, a fully Egalitarian network that trains Blackand Brown planters to start holistically-minded, justice-oriented churches in urban communitiesright from the start. As well as the Passion Center, a phgital justice-oriented, liberation-ethics driven faith community. Dr. Rios has served on several national boards and has been a consulting editor and writer for afew national magazines. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Sojourners, Influence, Called, Christianity Today, and Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice. Due to her lived experiences, she has been featured or quoted in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Outreach Magazine, and more.Currently, as a co-vocational minister, she is a Talent Acquisition Manager for Urban Strategies,a social enterprise that equips, resources and connects faith and community-based organizations engaged in community transformation. Dr. Rios also serves on the Church Multiplication Institute’s Missiologists Council think tank for evangelism and church planting.Liz earned an EdD from Nova Southeastern University (2007) and a DMin from Southeastern University (2019) and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Justice degree at Union Theological Seminary on a 100% scholarship! She has been married to Rev. Hiram Rios for 33years and is the mom of two boys, Sam (25) and Daniel, her special needs angel now in heavenwho transitioned on 9/22/22 (his 23rd birthday).

To learn more about her at

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