Originally published in Born to Preach: Essays in Honor of the Ministry of Henry & Ella Mitchell, Samuel K. Roberts, ed. (Judson Press, 2000), 10012.
Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ pays homage to the legacy and inspiration of Ella Mitchell and examines the strengths and struggles of female preachers. She compares the differences in language and substance of sermons presented by male and female pastors. Gould-Champ encourages women to find their own style in dress and mannerism in the pulpit. Finally, she examines the difficulties women still face with congregational perception and encourages these preachers to use their gifts to their best ability.
PATRICIA A. GOULD-CHAMP, EdD, is assistant professor of practical theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She is also senior pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.