Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Melanie Mills


This study focuses on the experience of three female clergy in The United Methodist Church. Historically, women have had a voice in the church, but it has been muted as a result of the traditionally male dominated structure. The purpose of this study is to give voice to these stories and experiences, which is essential to understanding of the past, present, and future of the church. Interviews were recorded with each woman, and the transcripts revealed four common themes among the responses: 1) style of female clergy, 2) calling of female clergy by God, 3) acceptance of female clergy, and 4) role expectations of female clergy. The discussion of these themes explicates what it is like to be a woman performing in the traditionally male profession of ministry in The United Methodist Church.