Rev. Teresa Snorton to lead conference, service Nov. 13 at Trade Center
By ALLISON KENNEDY
Bishop Teresa Snorton, D.Min., the first female bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will be in town next weekend to lead a women’s conference and preach.
Snorton serves the 11th Episcopal District, with oversight of 10 countries in southern and central Africa.
The conference is Nov. 13 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. It’s sponsored by Phillips Temple CME Church in Phenix City. In addition to the conference, Snorton will headline the Phillips Temple Women’s Day service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14.
Snorton was elected to her post last summer. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Charles Short.
The Rev. Lynn Hargrow is pastor of Phillips Temple CME. He was at the convention in Mobile last summer when Snorton was elected. Hargrow, who’s been in Phenix City three years, said it wasn’t difficult to schedule Snorton.
“I just called her up,” he said. “I had worked with her on a couple of boards so I already knew her.”
The executive director of the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, she is the former executive director of the Emory Center for Pastoral Services in Atlanta, and former director of Pastoral Services at Crawford Long Hospital. Snorton has been adjunct instructor in Pastoral Care at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Snorton is a fourth-generation CME. Her great-grandfather, father and uncle were CME pastors, and her grandmother was a missionary. Her two sisters are also CME ministers. She is a former pastor in Kentucky. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she was a psychiatric staff chaplain in Louisville; on the adjunct faculty of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky; and on the faculties of the Patient Counseling Program at the Medical College of Virginia and the School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond.
She has a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology in Pastoral Care from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Snorton was licensed a minister in 1976 and ordained an elder in 1979.
She is frequently a guest preacher at churches of all denominations and lecturer and speaker for hospitals, seminaries, conferences, leadership schools and retreats on religion and health, multicultural, ethical and gender issues, pastoral care and spiritual development.
She is the author of several articles, chapters and book reviews on topics related to pastoral care and ministry. A co-edited work with Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, “Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multi-Cultural World,” was published by Fortress Press last year.
Snorton and her husband have three sons and three grandchildren.