Christian Education and Publications (CEP) has named Karen Hodge as the next women’s ministry coordinator for the PCA. Hodge assumes the position on Feb. 1, 2014. She is the fourth woman to fill this position, building on the foundation laid by Georgia Settle, Susan Hunt, and Jane Patete.

Hodge is a member of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Ill., where her husband Chris serves as pastor. She has served the PCA for many years in a variety of roles. As a mother and the wife of a pastor, she has blessed the congregations of Briarwood PC (Birmingham, Ala.), Christ Covenant PC (Matthews, N.C.), Treasure Coast PC (Stuart, Fla.), and Naperville PC. In women’s ministry, she has been a trainer, conference speaker, and advisor for 17 years.

Her experience in a church-planting ministry equipped her to serve Mission to North America as an advisory member to the Permanent Committee, an assessor for church-planting candidates, and a supporter of the Parakaleo ministry to the wives of church planters.  In addition to her ministry in the church, Karen is mother to two college-aged children, Anna Grace and Haddon, and mentor to a number of young women.

As she takes leadership, Hodge hopes to broaden the reach of the PCA ministry to women, developing an even greater diversity so that women from a range of cultures and generations will fulfill their God-given design.