Here are stories of women from the United Kingdom who led the church and preached.
We first hear of Katherine Chidley in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1616; she is the wife of Daniel Chidley and gave birth to their first son that year. She was already then involved in an illegal underground congregation (at the time only Church of England congregations were legal). She was brought to court at least twice in the 1620s, once for non-attendance at the parish church, and once for refusing to attend a service of ‘purification’ after childbirth. By 1630, she and Daniel had fled to London, where it was easier to become lost...read more
Samthann was the adopted daughter of an Irish king, Cridan. Like so many of the female Irish saints was delivered from an arranged marriage by a miracle, and then devoted herself to serving God as a nun. She became abbess of the monastery at Clonbroney after its founder, St Fuinech, had a dream of a fiery form resembling Samthann consuming the monastery, which she interpreted to her sisters as follows: ‘Burning with the fire of the Holy Spirit, Samthann will make this place shimmer by virtue of her merits and in the splendour of...read more
Mary Dyer was a fearless Quaker preacher in colonial New England, eventually martyred for her faith.read more
Catherine Booth, the co-founder of the Salvation Army, was a powerful preacher, an effective evangelist, and a successful social reformer.read more