Collared Chicks

Amplifying the Wisdom, Experience, and Voice of Women Leaders, in the Church and Beyond

About the show

The Collared Chicks podcast amplifies the wisdom, experience, and voice of women leaders, in the church and beyond. Collared Chicks is created and produced by Rev. Monica Reynolds, a pastor, leader, visionary strategist, wife, and mom of five, who lives and leads in the Washington DC Metro area.

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  • Episode 26: Episode 26: New Wave Feminists with Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa

    December 21st, 2020  |  Season 4  |  39 mins 56 secs

    Destiny does not neatly fit in any box. Holding a consistent life ethic that challenges partisan nonsense and inconsistencies, Destiny's organization, New Wave Feminists, seeks to empower and build up all women. From pregnant teenagers facing an uncertain future to mothers and children stuck at the border, New Wave Feminists seeks give hope through tangible means and transformational relational connections.

    In this episode, Destiny talks about pro-life feminism, getting uninvited from the women's march, New Wave Feminists appearance on SNL, her organization's work stateside and across the border, and her current relationship with God and the church.

  • Episode 25: Episode 25: Fun, Fabulous, and Feminine Collared Clergy Wear with Rev Sandra Sykes

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  36 mins 8 secs

    Rev Sandra Sykes, an Anglican Priest in the UK, serves six distinct churches. Upon becoming ordained, Rev Sykes found herself frustrated by the lack of fun, feminine, and fitting clergy attire for women. Tapping into her creative spirit and her desire to help other women find clothing that fit not only their bodies but also their personalities, she ventured out with her daughter Sarah to create a company that designs and produces a diverse range of women's clergy wear. Now in its fifth year, Collared Clergywear UK has been featured on television and radio shows, showcased in magazines, and is expanding its customer base all over the world while still offering an amazing personal touch to each order.

  • Episode 24: Episode 24: An Episcopal Priest and Methodist Deacon Walk Into a Pandemic

    July 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 17 secs

    Rev. Melanie Lemburg, an ordained priest in the Episcopal church, and Rev. Aimee Baxter, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, serve together as pastoral leaders at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. In this episode, Melanie and Aimee speak to the leadership challenges and opportunities that have arisen while leading into month four of a global pandemic.

  • Episode 23: Episode 23: Resilience and Hope

    July 1st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 34 secs

    Life will throw us all some major sucker punches at one point or another. We will get knocked down. Mary Fran Bontempo discovered her son was a heroin addict at about the same time her career in the newspaper industry was facing major cultural shifts and an uncertain future. Kristin Smedley's first son was born blind. Then, her second son was born blind as well. Today, Mary Fran and Kristin co-produce the Brilliantly Resilient Podcast in addition to leading other advocacy groups. On this episode, they share their personal stories, and teach us a think or two about resilience and hope. Go Phils!

  • Episode 22: Episode 22: On Naming Disparities with Rev Rochelle Andrews

    June 8th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 22 secs

    Rev. Rochelle Andrews in an Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She currently serves as the Director of the The Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and as the Associate Pastor of Oak Chapel UMC. In this episode, Rev Andrews speaks to the need for ministry leaders to see beyond the pulpit. Her experience in the business world, politics, and church leadership gives her keen insight into the racial, economic, and social disparities that exist in our world, which have created the world we live in. Rochelle speaks to her passion for justice, not charity, advocacy, and policy change, calling the church to task and inviting us to pray with our actions.

  • Episode 21: Episode 21: Military Chaplaincy as an extension of the church w/ Rev Amor Woolsey

    May 11th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  26 mins 21 secs

    Rev Amor Woolsey serves as the Brigade Chaplain for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Maryland National Guard, in addition to serving the local church as a senior pastor. In this episode, Chaplain Woolsey discusses her experience as a woman in a male dominated career field. She talks boots on the ground ministry, how Jesus is made real in world of nones and dones, and how military chaplaincy extends the work of the local church in this particular setting.

  • Episode 20: Episode 20: On Showing Up and Releasing the Outcome with Rev Jenny Smith

    May 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  25 mins 45 secs

    Rev Jenny Smith is an ordained elder and lead pastor serving Washington state. Jenny is the founder of Palms Up, a contemplative ministry practice that guides people through the difficult practices of showing up, paying attention, cooperating with God, and releasing the outcome. Learning to show up and release the outcome is much harder than it sounds. Jenny talks about living a Palms Up life as a woman, wife, mama, and pastor in this episode.

  • Episode 19: Episode 19: The Gathered and Sent Church with Rev. Janet Durrwachter

    April 27th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 23 secs

    In the post-Christendom West, many church leaders struggle to organize in ways that allow them to both gather together for worship as a local Body, and equip disciples to be sent into the world. Many other leaders spend so much time debating whether the church should be attractional or missional in form. Few leaders, however, embrace the needed both/and approach. A church that both gathers and is sent. In this episode, Rev Janet Durrwachter, Executive Pastor at First Church in Williamsport, PA discusses her role and passion in a large and innovative church that has been living into a gathered and sent form for many years.

  • Episode 18: Episode 18: Covid and the Current-Future Reality for Ministry

    April 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 46 secs

    In many ways, the COVID pandemic has simply accelerated the changes ministry leaders have needed to make in order to intersect with how culture connects and engages. Many of the current ministry adaptations that COVID has forced, will continue long after this current pandemic passes. This is true regardless of age or demographic. Therefore, we should likely make peace with our new reality and continue to live into our purpose, which never changes.

    In this episode, Rev. Monica Reynolds hosts a conversation with two ministry leaders from Ebenezer Church, a large and thriving congregation in the Washington DC metro area. Michelle Paquette, the Director of Student Ministries, and Vicki Stones, the Director of Empty Nest and Older Adult Ministries discuss how COVID is shaping the current and future reality of their ministry areas. Because whether one is in 6th grade or 85 years old, the church is still called to be the church. Take a listen, and find out what Vicki and Michelle have learned about matters most, and how they are organizing to make it happen...

  • Episode 17: Episode 17: Mentorship Matters with Rev. Jessie Colwell

    June 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 44 secs

    Rev. Jessie Colwell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has served several local churches and various boards and agencies for over 10 years. In this episode, Pastor Jessie speaks to Pastor Monica about the importance of mentorship in her own life and in the life of the church. Jessie credits strong mentors for making her who she is today believes everyone should always both have a mentor and be a mentor.

  • Episode 16: Episode 16: Ministry of Ordinary Places with Shannan Martin

    March 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 3 secs
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    In the post-Christendom West, God seems to be leading more and more disciples away from large and shiny attractional models of church and toward smaller, more authentic, relational spaces for ministry that are grounded in place and grounded in the ordinary.

    In this episode, author and popular writer Shannan Martin talks about how God led her and her prison chaplain husband away from comfort and security and toward a gritty, relational, and real ministry of ordinary places and with ordinary people. As a lay person in St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Goshen, Indiana, Shannan talks about how a small dying church was revived and given new life by a simple commitment to people, place, generous welcome and dedication to the long haul.

    Shannan's blog can be found at and her book, "The Ministry of Ordinary Places" can be found in all places where books are sold.

  • Episode 15: A Housing First Approach to Systemic Poverty with Rev Mary Downey

    February 22nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 35 secs
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    Rev. Mary Lee Downey is the executive director of The Community Hope Center, a one-stop shop providing services to the homeless and disenfranchised in Osceola County, Florida. In 2016, The Community Hope Center was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award and in 2015 was awarded the "Bob Allen Award" by Walt Disney World for innovative approaches to helping the homeless in the community. In the last four yeas, The Community Hope Center has served over 15,000 individuals in the Central Florida area. The Center focuses on a "Housing First" model of care, while also including a strong position regarding poverty alleviation. Rev Downey is a Deacon in the United Methodist church and has maintained a consistent vision and call to minister with a justice seeking approach. In this episode, she shares with clarity and purpose why and how this ministry is so powerful and transformative.

  • Episode 14: Episode 14: Chasing Wisdom (in heels) with Bishop Sharma Lewis

    February 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  26 mins 55 secs

    Bishop Sharma Lewis is a trailblazer, passionate leader, methodical thinker, collaborator, and lover of Jesus and the church. Bishop Lewis, who is the current bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016.

    In this episode, Bishop Lewis talks openly about navigating leadership as a woman of color and woman in a patriarchal society. She offers helpful suggestions for our male colleagues and brothers and ministry to help us navigate obstacles they may be unaware of. Bishop Lewis reminds us how powerful the gift of wisdom can be in confusing times like these. When speaking about trust and multiple loyalties and the upcoming called general conference for the United Methodist Church, Bishop Lewis shares where she finds peace and wisdom, and reminds us all that God's church will go on and that the callings on our lives will as well.

  • Episode 13: Episode 13: Bishin' with Bishop Lewis-"I Just Said That!"

    February 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 14 secs

    Bishop Sharma Lewis is a trailblazer, passionate leader, methodical thinker, collaborator, and lover of Jesus and the church. Bishop Lewis, who is the current bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016. Used to being the "first" in many arenas, Bishop Lewis, a former scientist, addresses leadership, leading the church, leading as a woman, leading as a woman of color, and the call she has to "work hard" in all that she does because "this" is still not the norm. This episode could also be titled, "I just said that" and other frustrations faced daily by women leaders.

  • Episode 12: Episode 12: Emboldened with Tara Beth Leach

    January 13th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 44 secs

    Tara Beth Leach is the senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (PazNaz) in Southern California. Tara is a trailblazer and bold leader serving a large, historically male led church, in a male dominated denomination. Tara Beth previously served at churches in upstate New York and the Chicago suburbs. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and earned her MDiv from Northern Seminary. She writes regularly for Missio Alliance, lives in California with her husband and two children, and recently released her book, "Emboldened" into the world.

  • Episode 11: Episode 11: Finding Your Fierce with Rachel Billups

    January 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 26 secs

    Rachel Billups is the lead communicator (read: preacher) and Executive Pastor of Next Generation Ministries at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. She is a visionary leader, ordained elder, and author. In February 2019, Rachel and her team are hosting the FIERCE women's conference in Tipp City, Ohio aimed at connecting and encouraging women who lead in various facets of ministry.