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This is a revised paper edited to fit the format for Scholar Week presentations April 2013 at Olivet Nazarene University. The earlier longer draft had been presented in the Women’s In Ministry Conference held at Glasgow University in May 2012. As a document delivered in a speaking context it does not include the normal documentation.

Reading the journals of the three primary groups that merged to form the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene (PCN) in 1907 and 1908 reveals the context that made possible the ordination of Olive Winchester and her early ministry within the PCN. This paper provides glimpses of women minsters through the journals of these early groups and later in the pages of the Herald of Holiness of the PCN.

One focus will be to examine how these three early groups argued for the inclusion of women in ordained ministry. Next, we will explore writings of Nazarene women ministers and laywomen and examine their specific contributions. While the pages of these journals tell the story of women finding opportunities within the Nazarene church we can also glimpse women being kept out of certain levels of leadership. The paper concludes by making application to the ministry of women today in the Church of the Nazarene.


This paper was presented to the Olivet Nazarene University community on April 17, 2013 in conjunction with Scholar Week 2013. The earlier version that was presented at Glasgow University in May 2012 is available in this repository under the title "Early Glimpses of Women in Ministry within Early Holiness Organizations and the Church of the Nazarene."