The first time I met a pastor’s wife was a few months before I became one. I was raised in the Catholic Church, had never even seen a pastor’s wife, so my learning curve was pretty steep. I learned to press into Jesus like I never had before and found him to be entirely faithful.
I have always referred to our life in ministry as an adventure. Adventures involve unpredictable paths and taking risks, fun and hardship, challenge and quiet reward. Terrell and I have been married for 32 years. Over the course of that time, we have raised 3 children and moved to 7 cities to participate in 7 church works, including planting 2 churches. When Terrell became a bishop, it afforded me the opportunity to meet more pastors’ wives.
Pastors’ wives are strong women, but the challenges they face can overwhelm. A pastor’s wife uniquely steps into the community of her husband’s employment. She wrestles with her role and the expectations of others. She walks alongside her husband through hard church issues and relationships while often doing everyday life with these same people. Yet, for all her time among her church community, it is painfully acknowledged in pastors’ conversations that the loneliest person in the church is often the pastor’s wife.
Last summer, Bishop Thad Barnum, who ministers to pastors all over the country through call2disciple’s Soul Care, Bishop David Bryan, who chairs the board, and I discussed a need for soul care for pastors’ wives. I am excited to join the call2disciple ministry team to offer soul care to pastors’ wives. Additionally, I am available to meet with female clergy who might find it helpful to speak with another woman. The ministry of soul care is to provide a safe place for these women to unload what burdens their heart, to have a sounding board, and to have someone walk beside them confidentially, prayerfully, and steadfastly pointing them to Jesus.
If you want to learn more about me, I hope you’ll visit my website at teresadglenn.com.