Bryn Mawr PC Now the Largest Church in the PC(USA) Headed by a Woman Pastor
Trustee Agnes W. Norfleet (M.Div.'86) began her ministry on Feb. 3 as the new pastor at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, a 2600-member congregation that is now the largest church in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be headed by a woman. In her new role at Bryn Mawr, Norfleet will be responsible for leading worship and preaching; moderating the church’s governing body, the Session; and serving as the head of staff, which includes four other pastors. A Service of Installation for Rev. Norfleet will take place during worship on April 7 at 10 a.m., when Rev. Theodore J. Wardlaw (D.Min.'78), president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will offer the sermon, and Rev. Scott Black Johnston, pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, NY, will participate as a special guest.
“It is with joy that I begin my work among this Bryn Mawr congregation known throughout our denomination to be deeply committed to the nurture of disciples who reach out in service,” Norfleet said. “I look forward to making abiding connections with not only the congregants, but also the Bryn Mawr community, and am honored to lead this church.”
With 25 years of ministry experience, Norfleet is a recognized preacher who proclaims the gospel with clarity, creativity and relevance; an accomplished teacher who engages with Biblical scholars and theologians; and a compassionate pastor who has helped others find hope in God. In addition to the pastoral gifts she offers in her own congregation, she serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a trustee of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., a leader of NEXT Church, the author of numerous articles and published sermons, associate editor of “Journal for Preachers,” and a guest preacher for denominational conferences.
Norfleet earned an M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., in 1986 and a D.Min. in Bible and Preaching from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., in 2001. She has served as pastor at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga., from 1992-2005, and at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, from 2005-2012. She is married and has two sons.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, located at 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pa., was first organized by 16 men and women in 1873, and today serves as a Christian community of more than 2,500 members of all ages. Known for its open-minded and inclusive theology, the church provides opportunities to connect with God’s word in Sunday worship services, Sunday school, adult education classes, youth activities, confirmation class, fine arts or music, interest groups, and community service/outreach activities, and serves as a place to gather, learn, and serve God.