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Former Trustee, Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers, Honored for Lifetime of Exceptional Service

June 4, 2014

Friday, May 30th, the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church honored former Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary trustee, Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers, for her extraordinary service to the people and churches of the Minnesota Annual Conference.  Powers was one of the first women to be ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1958.

Upon presenting Powers with a plaque recognizing her as an exceptional advocate for ecumenism and inclusiveness in the life of the church, Rev. Bruce Robbins described her as “intense, strategic, articulate, generous, demanding, a lover of the church and Jesus, loyal, a mentor, a benefactor, a friend, and a trailblazer.” The award specifically recognized her visionary leadership and service to the Minnesota Annual Conference. The plaque presented to her read, “In recognition of your many years of visionary leadership and service to the Minnesota Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, and the people of God everywhere.”

Among the numerous achievements during her ministry, Powers helped to establish the Committee on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in 1972. To this day, COSROW continues to serve as an important tool for the empowerment of women in the UMC. In addition, she helped create the Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship given to seminary students annually who are committed to promoting justice for gay and lesbian persons in the life of the UMC.

The Minnesota Annual Conference has annually presented an award in Powers’ name, the Jeanne Audrey Powers Award for Ecumenism, to recognize individuals, congregations, and groups who have exemplified the spirit of ecumenism on an individual, local, state, national or international level. They were pleased to honor Powers herself at this year’s annual conference.