Marilyn Miller

Marilyn Miller

Abiding Word Lutheran Church

Susan Doherty

Susan Doherty, MHA

Kathie Wendland

WELS Women's Ministries

Kate Tohal

Kate Tohal

Martin Luther College

Wendy Greenfield

St. Lucas Lutheran School

Presentation Description - Panel Discussion

Session 6B

The Christian Woman in Leadership

Description: Frequently Christian women don’t think of themselves as leaders and yet their lives reflect significant leadership skills and activities. Conversely Christian women who have become leaders in their careers sometimes leave those skills behind when they enter the front door of the church. The women of this panel, each of whom has excelled in their roles as godly leaders, will share their experiences and thoughts on how to better enable and encourage women to use their leadership abilities to God’s glory, whether that is to further the work of the church or to let the gospel light shine in the many places God has put them. 

About Marilyn Miller

For over 25 years, Ms. Miller worked as a management consultant, leading teams of 75-100 professionals. She undertook a wide range of assignments primarily in the oil, gas, chemical and utilities industries specializing in business process redevelopment. She has had significant international experience, counting numerous Fortune 300 companies among her clients. In April, 2005, God led Ms. Miller to resign from the business world and become certified as a staff minister. He then blessed her with a call to her home congregation, Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. As Deaconess, her responsibilities include women’s ministries, member care, evangelism, human resources and business management. Since 2008, she has been honored to be the chairwoman of the WELS Women’s Ministry Committee, part of the Adult Discipleship program.

About Susan Doherty

As a former corporate public affairs officer, Susan Doherty, MHA, has a background in strategic health communication and government relations, including federal payment policy and healthcare reform, state Medicaid redesign and professional practice issues. She was a political science instructor at North Dakota State University for many years, has advised on such diverse issues as tobacco control policies, suicide prevention and chronic disease management. Susan provides consultative services to a range of clients, including health systems, medical service providers and governmental program providers. Beginning in the spring of 2014, she began serving as a program adviser and instructor on health policy and medical ethics for St. Mary's University of Minnesota graduate programs in health and human service administration.

About Kate Tohal

Kate Tohal has been a Resource Development Counselor for Martin Luther College (MLC) for 11 years. Although there are now advancement staffs at LPS, MLS, MLC & WLS, Kate was the first of our WELS ministerial education school advancement staff. For the 19 years prior to coming to MLC, Kate was the director of a 9 county phone-in hotline called First Call for Help. In that role, she was a Certified Information & Referral Specialist, fundraiser, grant writer and grantor, database manager, and created and ran a Disaster Recovery Clearinghouse which included presenting on disaster preparedness at a national conference. She has been involved in numerous committees at her home congregation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm MN where she is currently serving on their capital campaign to raise funds to remodel and expand the church’s elementary school. She has been married for 30 years to her husband Brian. Kate and Brian have three precious daughters: Jackie, a mental health counselor in Mankato MN, Sarah, a senior at Minnesota State Mankato, and Sam who will be a senior at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm. On behalf of MLC Kate has visited MLC supporters primarily in the Pacific Northwest, Arizona/California, North Atlantic and South Atlantic Districts, written grants, began a legacy association and written articles for its newsletter, staffed booths at conferences and conventions, given presentations to various groups, and many other rewarding responsibilities.

About Wendy Greenfield

Wendy Greenfield is a 20-year communications veteran who specializes in helping organizations position their brands and effectively tell their stories so they can achieve their objectives. Wendy was a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations agency. Some of her clients included Harley-Davidson, McDonald’s and BMO Harris Bank. For the past decade, she has leveraged her experience in corporate America to lead communications and fundraising efforts for nonprofits, including St. Lucas School, HOPE Christian Schools, EAGLE College Preparatory Schools, Compass Educational Programs and Educational Enterprises. Her work has earned awards from several professional organizations, including a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America — the industry’s highest honor. Wendy is one of the founders of Crossroads Church, the first WELS start-up in Chicago, Ill. Wendy has served on the board of directors for Time of Grace Ministries, Wheat Ridge Ministries, Lighthouse Youth Center and the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle.

About Kathie Wendland

Kathie Wendland, RN, BSN has had a wide range of leadership positions in both the secular and ecclesiastical realms; paid and volunteer positions.  Her background and experience in the U.S. Navy, in hospital administration, and her current position managing young calves on a large dairy farm have brought numerous encounters with the values and assumptions of the secular world.  At the same time, positions with WELS Central Africa Medical Mission both as a nurse in Africa and on the US Central Africa Medical Mission Committee, choir director in her home congregation, Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher, and Women’s Bible Study leader for more than 20 years, together with current WELS Women’s Ministry Executive and Conference Planning responsibilities have provided numerous opportunities for working together with Christian brothers and sisters.