When it comes to preaching, Ella Pearson Mitchell is one of the most highly respected and admired individuals. For over five decades, she has reached untold numbers of female preachers not only through her own preaching, but also through her scholarship and by the example of her life.
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The Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell (1918-2008) was a teacher, preacher, devoted wife, mother and outstanding author. She is known as the "dean of Black women preachers." Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Mitchell graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she met her husband Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, with whom she has ministered for over sixty years. Together, they have served as co-mentors in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and were founders of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. Dr. Ella was the first woman Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and also taught at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the School of Theology at Claremont. Dr. Mitchell was the editor of five volumes of the series, Those Preaching Women, and, with her husband, completed their joint autobiography, Together for Good, which shares the secret to lasting love and friendship. In October of 2007 she celebrated her ninetieth birthday surrounded by family and friends on a birthday cruise.
Jacqueline Glass, a resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, is founder of At the Well Conferences, Inc. The 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization began as a means to empower women, particularly women of color, who oftentimes are on the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. Her impetus for creating the organization was personal. Workplace challenges for women prompted her to direct energies toward planning conferences that provide empowerment in the areas of finance, health, and spirituality.
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lehman College in 2000 where she graduated with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. A licensed minister, she served as Adjunct Professor in Old Testament at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx from 2004 to 2005. She currently serves as Associate Minister at Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Newark, NJ. A publishing professional, she worked as a freelance marketing consultant and editor for Judson Press, a 185 year-old Christian publisher, for several years. She served as the Editor for two books: Those Preaching Women, Volume 4 (Judson Press: 2003) and Fire in the Well by Henry and Ella Mitchell (Judson Press: 2002).
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