Rev. Glenna Shepherd

Glenna has served as senior minister of three congregations, as a church planter, music minister, interim minister, and, prior to coming to the UCC, as the equivalent of a conference minister for Metropolitan Community Churches, where she worked with congregations in Western Europe and in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has developed numerous resources for both church renewal and worship leadership, including the preaching curriculum used by the MCC.

 As a consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal, she has worked with congregations and organizations that seek to find the future of their ministries. Through study of the congregation’s history, on-site interviews, and leadership retreats, she helps church leaders identify their distinctive focus, vision, and challenges.

 Glenna presently serves as the Pastor of Pleasant Hill Community Church United Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill, TN.

 Glenna’s education includes a Bachelors and Masters degrees in music (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), and a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology; she has completed all but her dissertation toward a Doctor of Ministry at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Her particular ministry interests are liturgy and music, preaching, congregational structures and systems, and spiritual development within congregations.

 She co-authored a spiritual development curriculum, Creating a Life that Matters and has published a small collection of sermons on the book of Job – Job Generation: from Chaos to Character. Her recently released collection of sermons, Out on a Limb: Sermons of Risk and Revolution, is published by Tollington Press, London.