Collared Chicks

Celebrating the wit, wisdom, and wonder of women, ministry, and leadership

About the show

Collared Chicks is a podcast celebrating the wit, wisdom, and wonder of women, leadership and ministry. Collared Chicks is created and produced by Rev. Monica Reynolds, a pastor, leader, strategist, wife, and mom of five living and leading in the Washington DC Metro area.

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  • 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
    church, leadership podcast, love your neighbor, ministry, united methodist, women leaders

    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.

  • Episode 10: Episode 10: Embracing Your Brave with Kelly Ivey Johnson

    December 13th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 45 secs

    How can we learn to embrace our brave? Whether it's being willing to be a beginner at something new, overcoming fear, believing in ourself, or simply trusting our ability to lead, Kelly chats with us about her own journey and willingness to reinvent herself time and again. Kelly, a clinical social worker, author, and coach reminds us through biblical examples and personal stories that God has made us to be brave and not fearful. Her new devotional, Being Brave: a 40 Day to the Life God Dreams for You is available in all places books are sold.

  • Episode 9: Episode 9: The Microchurch Movement with Melissa Corkum

    October 3rd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  26 mins 55 secs
    acts2, microchurch, organic church

    As the institutional church struggles to attract new people into established systems, systems that many in our day and age are skeptical of, an exciting movement is underfoot. The microchurch movement, which is taking various forms and shapes around the world, is allowing local, organic, highly adaptable church Bodies to form, worship, and serve in environments that integrate all aspects of their life. Our guest today, Melissa Corkum, explains why.

  • Episode 8: How to Persevere through Threat, Heartache, & Decline with Fran Cooper

    May 1st, 2018  |  40 mins 55 secs

    In episode 8, the Rev. Frances Cooper, elder of 29 years in the United Methodist Church, pastor of St. Marks UMC in Midlothian, VA, and one of the first and few women in Virginia to lead a large church, shares honestly about a soul-crushing first pastoral appointment, the threat of the call on her marriage, the long road of being figured out, the shifting tides of the church, and the difficulties, perceptions, adjustments, competition, crutches, desperation, and dismantling involved in being a woman in ministry.

  • Episode 7: How to Assess Need & Organize for Impact with Amy Graham

    April 3rd, 2018  |  38 mins 30 secs
    church, community, district church, justice, leadership, ministry, mission, mobilize, need, organize, outreach, seek, serve, women, worship

    Rev. Amy Graham, the Pastor of Spiritual Care at The District Church in Washington, DC, leads us in conversation about how her and her husband built one of the fastest growing churches in the United States by assessing the needs and seeking the welfare of the community to which God had called them and by always keeping Jesus in their inner-city mobilization for justice.

  • Episode 6: How to Navigate Hierarchies, Competition, and Perfection with Lindsey Baynham

    February 26th, 2018  |  31 mins 18 secs
    clergy women, competition, hierarchy, leadership, ministry, perfection, power, privilege, united methodist church

    Lindsey Baynham is now the Associate Director of Call, Candidacy, and Discernment for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, after having served in the local church in Northern Virginia and in campus ministry. As a 31 year old, bi-racial clergy woman, Lindsey is noticing the expectations and boxes people place upon and around her, and in a denomination on the verge of shutdown, learning to navigate, reframe, and redeem the hierarchies, power, privilege, competition, and perfection in the midst of it all.

  • Episode 5: How to Love People Over Politics with Christy Thomas

    February 16th, 2018  |  38 mins 21 secs
    church, divided, faith, leadership, ministry, politics, trump, united methodist church, women

    Christy Thomas, former academic dean, retired United Methodist pastor in North Texas, journalist, author, contributor at Patheos as the Thoughtful Pastor, and newly wed, talks about learning to love people over politics and ideology. Christy shares her story of falling in love with the wrong kind of person and now living in a house divided as a progressive Christian writer married to a conservative Republican during the most contentious election of her lifetime. She also examines the brokenness in the United Methodist Church, shares her take on it's future, and suggests that what the United Methodist Church needs right now more than anything else is her own Trump.

  • Episode 4: How to Lead and Love Beyond Race with Lucretia Berry

    January 25th, 2018  |  40 mins 23 secs
    black history month, brownicity, clergy women, collared chicks, race, racial healing, racial reconciliation, women in leadership

    Lucretia Berry, author of "What LIES Between Us" and founder of Brownicity: The Art & Beauty of Living & Loving Beyond Race, a family-focused, grass roots initiative dedicated to advocacy, education and support for racial healing and ant-iracism, shares about her stories of faith and family in loving and leading beyond and across the divide of race. Her greatest gift is that of teaching, and she passionately, practically, and prophetically teaches us how to lead the church into multi-ethnic healing, hope, and ministry.

  • Episode 3: How to Lead Vulnerably with Mandy Smith

    December 20th, 2017  |  32 mins 42 secs
    church, clergy, leadership, women

    Join Michelle and Monica and their guest, the Rev. Mandy Smith, who is the lead pastor at University Christian Church in Ohio, a regular contributor for Missio Alliance and Christianity Today, and the author of "Making a Mess and Meeting God" and "The Vulnerable Pastor". Mandy was the first lead female pastor in her denominational connection, and she is one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. Mandy speaks about vulnerability, leading through inner peace and quiet spirit in the midst of cultural assumptions and expectations about women in leadership, and her hope for the future of the church.

  • Episode 2: How to Stand Firm with Chenda Innis Lee

    November 15th, 2017  |  34 mins 6 secs
    #blacklivesmatter, clergy women, standing firm, women in leadership

    Michelle and Monica interview Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, a United Methodist clergy woman from Liberia West Africa who currently serves at Annandale UMC in Alexandria, Virginia. Chenda is a mother of four girls. Chenda talks about her calling as an African woman, shares stories about her difficulty and yet resolve to stand firm in her convictions, and challenges us to see #blacklivesmatter as a prayer, not a threat.