Here are stories of women from the United Kingdom who led the church and preached.

Katherine Chidley: evangelist, church planter, leader, and controversialist

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Seventeenth/Eighteenth century, Social reformers, Stories, UK, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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...

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St Samthann of Clonbroney

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Medieval women, Rest of Europe, Stories, UK | Comments Off

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...

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Mary Dyer: Quaker preacher and martyr

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Seventeenth/Eighteenth century, Stories, UK, United States | Comments Off

Mary Dyer was a fearless Quaker preacher in colonial New England, eventually martyred for her faith.

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Catherine Booth: powerful preacher and leader

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Evangelicals, Evangelists, Nineteenth century, Social reformers, Stories, UK | 0 comments

Catherine Booth, the co-founder of the Salvation Army, was a powerful preacher, an effective evangelist, and a successful social reformer.

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