Today we celebrate our beloved Mary Lowman as she approaches retirement from her role as Director of Women’s Ministry, and look forward to how God will continue to use her through The Christian Working Woman in the days ahead.
Mary has had an immeasurable impact on our ministries since joining our staff in October 1997. Here are just a few milestones that mark the ways God has used her to bless so many:
- Mary was the catalyst for forming the Deaconess Ministry, which continues to serve in so many vital areas of our church today.
- She started and oversaw the Sisters in Christ Community, Women’s Shepherding Ministry, and Women’s Book Study. These weekly groups connected with thousands of women during her tenure. Her annual Women’s Christmas Luncheon was also a huge outreach ministry for women in the church.
- She cast the vision for a new outreach ministry to female inmates in Cook County Jail, leading to the formation of the Freedom Sisters ministry. What began as a ministry to inmates grew into a full-time chaplaincy position for Linda Ahrens, who now ministers regularly to officers in the Cook County Jail.
- Alongside Simone Halpin and others from The Moody Church, Mary was instrumental in launching Naomi’s House, helping women who have been sexually trafficked find freedom in Christ and hope for their futures.
Would you join me in congratulating Mary on a job well done? Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.