Team

Women in Youth Ministry originated as a Facebook group, which launched in early 2014. For the last seven years, we’ve been a community for a growing group of women who have found a safe place to share their joys and struggles.


OUR LEADER: Heather Lea Kenison

Heather is a Student Pastor at a large United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN. Heather is a wife and a one-eyed cat mom, whose hobbies include a passion for the St. Louis Cardinals and Youtube beauty gurus.

Heather founded Women in Youth Ministry in 2014 as a response to seeing women struggle to find community and their voices. Heather has been featured on several podcasts, blogs, magazines, and has contributed to projects for Grow and the UMC.

You can find her on social media: @heatherlea17 or you can email her: heather@womeninyouthministry.com


OUR TEAM!

Rev. Chelsea Peddecord

Where do you serve? Associate Pastor / High School Pastor | Dallas, TX

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator, Hosts Bi-Weekly Coffee Chats

3 FUN FACTS:
* I’m the 2013 Oklahoma State Women’s Tug of War champion
* I once got yelled at by Katy Perry
* My first crush was Ash Ketchum

Pastor Sunny Brown

Where do you serve? Chief Innovative Officer of Youth Church Matters

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator, WYM Book Club, Equity Advocate

3 FUN FACTS:
* I’m fluent in American Sign Language
* I played Division I Softball
* I’m the self-proclaimed undisputed Uno Champion of the World.

Bethany Dixon

Where do you serve? Middle School Youth Director | Columbia, SC

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator, Merch Creator

3 FUN FACTS:
* A few of my favorite things: dogs, giraffes, bad movies, TTRPG, and audiobooks.
* In high school, I was actively involved in 4 different youth groups at the same time.
* If you bounce around my family tree (including some great uncles), I’m continuing a 5 generations streak of someone working in vocational ministry (and I’m the first girl)!

Rita Prior

Where do you serve? Church of the Harvest | Evansville, IN

How do you serve WYM?Facebook Group Moderator, WYM Book Club

3 FUN FACTS:
* I meal prep for fun.
* I watch lots of paranormal shows.
*I’ve completed 3 half-marathons.

Emily Carle

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Where do you serve? Youth Director | South Hadley, MA

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator

3 FUN FACTS:
* I performed in Boston and NYC with my handbell ensemble
* I studied abroad in Athens, Greece
* I’m a first degree practitioner of Usui Reiki healing

Megan Kallenbach

Where do you serve? Middle School Pastor | Howell, MI

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator

3 FUN FACTS:
* I love Harry Potter and have seen each movie 15+ Times
* I’m a single foster mom.
* I used to be a pet groomer

Jennifer Weaver

Where do you serve? Children’s Minister | White Hall, Arkansas

How do you serve WYM? Facebook Group Moderator

3 FUN FACTS:
* I love sports wayyy too much
* I know way too much about the royal family
* True Crime Podcasts are my JAM