The pages of the New Testament are filled with stories of strong, Spirit-gifted, community-empowered women. SheLeads is a gathering for women and men together to rediscover God’s vision for shared leadership in the Church and Christian ministry.

SheLeads exists to encourage and equip our sisters and to welcome our brothers as we imagine together where God is leading His Church, for the blessing of the nations.


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$20 ticket fee includes lunch and a copy of Tara Beth Leech’s new book, Emboldened.


Saturday’s Schedule

11:30-11:45 AM          Summit Introductions, Mandy Smith and Tara Beth Leach

11:45-12:00 PM          Local Introductions, Christiana Rice and Montague Williams

12:00-12:40 PM          Summit Session 1 – Jean Burch

12:40-1:15 PM            Table Conversations and Break

1:15-1:55 PM              Summit Session 2 – Todd Hunter

1:55-2:45 PM              Table Conversations

2:45 PM-3:30 PM       Local Panel Conversations

3:30-3:45 PM              Break

3:45-4:25 PM              Summit Session 3 – Nancy Ortberg

4:25-5:00 PM              Closing Liturgy

Featured Speakers

Jean Burch

Pastor Jean Burch is the senior pastor of Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena. She serves as President of the Community Bible Community Development Corporation which provides affordable housing and social services and is also a founding member of the Clergy Community Coalition. She received her MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and currently serves on Fuller’s Board of Trustees. Pastor Jean received the 29th Congressional Women in Leadership Award and has ministered internationally in Costa Rica, Israel and South Africa. She is a proud mother and grandmother and is blessed to have her family in ministry with her at CBC.

Todd Hunter

Todd Hunter is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others and the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is past President of Alpha USA and former National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches.

He is author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church Another Chance, The Outsider Interviews, The Accidental Anglican, Our Favorite Sins and Our Character at Work.

Todd has been an adjunct professor of evangelism, leadership in contemporary culture and spiritual formation at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary, Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University, Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College.

Todd and his family live in Lake Elsinore, California.

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy currently serves as the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, seeking to help catalyze a holistic Gospel movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nancy is passionate about improving personal and organizational effectiveness and believes that teams are the most dynamic way to produce those results. She believes in helping people bring the best of who they are to what they do best. Her particular interests are in analyzing and catalyzing the flow of energy and strategy in healthy, dynamic leadership teams.

Christina Rice

Christiana Rice is the co-author of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities, with Michael Frost. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving with Thresholds as a coach and trainer for missional leaders. She’s based in urban San Diego, CA where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Montague Williams

Montague Williams serves as Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society at Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA). Along with passion for encouraging leaders in vocational discernment, he brings his previous experiences as a College Chaplain, Chair of Religion and Philosophy, and Pastor to the conversation. Montague and his wife, Jennie, have recently moved to San Diego with their daughter, and they are excited to be with you at this year’s SheLeads Summit.

Mandy Smith

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.

Tara Beth Leach

Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, The Table Magazine, Reflecting the Image Devotional, Renovating Holiness, and most recently a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective with other contributors including N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Scot McKnight, and Bruce Longenecker. Tara Beth is also the author of the forthcoming InterVarsity Press book, Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry (2017) and a Beacon Hill Press book, Kingdom Culture (Spring, 2017).