Commission on the Status and Role of Women

Commission on the Status and Role of Women


  • Our role in the UMC: Monitor/Advocate/Change Agent/Witness
  • Working for the full inclusion of women in the life of The United Methodist Church
  • Ask Before You Hug:  Every United Methodist Church congregation should be a place of safety and security where caring, respect, and trust are experienced by all.

The Guide:  What Do I Do If…?

A basic informational handbook for clergy spouses in the Iowa Conference:  Click here for the web version or contact your district COSROW rep for a printed copy.  This handbook was published in June 2010.


To contact the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women: Email  [email protected]

To contact the Iowa Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women:  515-974-8900 or email us at [email protected]

Chair: 2021 LeAnn Robine



Members, four-year term:

District Representatives

  • Mackenzie Carlson 20 (Camp Clear Lake District)
  • Paul Evans 20 (Pictured Rocks District)
  • Amber Jerson (int 20) 21 (Golden Valley District)
  • Dave Beane 14/18 (Riverview Park District)
  • Youth: Hailey Edwards 20 (Aldersgate District)

Young Adult: Rachel Hollingsworth 16/20 (Riverview Park District)

At Large: LeAnn Robine 18 (Aldersgate District)

Board nominees:

  • Millie Kehrli 17/21 (Riverview Park District)
  • Cindy Hickman 20 (Riverview Park District)

Ex Officio: Lay Woman named by Conference

UMW: Olivia Pleggenkuhle 17/21 (Pictured Rocks District)

Consultant: Lanette Plambeck



The General Commission publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Flyer.  You may contact them at for a subscription.


The Ambassador Award recognizes individuals (non-COSROW members) who are committed to the full inclusion of women, especially those who are on the margins of the church and society, through one or more of the following ways:


  • An advocate stands along side and shares the pain and joy of women
  • An advocate seeks on behalf of women so that women may claim their rightful place in decision-making arenas in the church
  •  An advocate takes the initiative to make changes collectively on behalf of all women and of special groups, such as lay women, racial ethnic women, and clergywomen


  •  A catalyst raises awareness of ways in which women are not fully included in the life of the church and sparks new perceptions and ways of being women in the church.
  • A catalyst inspires new women leaders to find their places in our denomination


  • A monitor is aware of the life and commitment of the church to full and equal participation of women
  • A monitor acts to promote that participation.



Suggested Studies and books:

  • HERSTORY, a compilation of the stories of ordained women in the UMC
  • Rock, Shepherd, Friend: Enriching Our Images of God
    A four-session study prepared by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church. This study is available through the General Commission web site:
  • The Journey Is Our Home by Carolyn Henninger Oehler
    A history of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church