(RNS) Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to ignore.

She delighted in her ministry but also wanted a husband and children in her life. The husband she couldn’t do much about ”” he just hadn’t stepped into her life.

“But it was clear to me that I was going to do everything in my power to realize my dream of becoming a parent,” she said.Read it all.


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2 comments on “(RNS) Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

  1. sophy0075 says:

    Am I missing something here? There are many children languishing in foster care. Did none of these priestesses consider adoption?

  2. Jeremy Bonner says:


    Two of the women mentioned in the article are adoptive mothers; I see nothing wrong with following that route. Assisted reproduction is another matter.