The Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder is an authorized minister in the Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ. She has been a mentor to many women and men preparing for ministry. She served as a pastor in North Carolina and Virginia, a campus minister in Delaware, and a youth minister in Indiana and Pennsylvania. As an educator, she has taught Spanish to elementary and middle school students; religion, philosophy and ethics to college students; and currently is Director of a preschool/kindergarten. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, a M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with further studies at the Divinity School of Duke University, as well as a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education. In addition to being a New Testament scholar and preacher, she is a mental health advocate, a hand-weaver and quilter. She is married to Dr. Patrick Lowder. They have two teenaged sons and a cat, although previously they traveled extensively, had season ballet tickets and sometimes enjoyed gardening.