We love learning from others...so we have asked some good questions of great female leaders across the globe. We hope it will inspire you in your own leadership! If you have some questions for these women, post it in the comments section.
We continue this series with one of our ZOE Partners - Valerie Penney
Who are you?
Valerie is a daughter of the King, happiest in His gentle presence. I am also a daughter, a wife, a mother of four young adults, a friend and a pastor's wife. Yes, that's twice I say 'wife' because I happen to be married to a great guy named Fred, but he happens to be a pastor, giving me that ambiguous title of pastor's wife. Two different things!
Where do you minister?
GlobalEd department of the International Missions of Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
How long have you worked with vulnerable women?
In various capacities, all my adult life: Bethel Home for Girls and another group home, employment program for unemployable adults, but currently with the ZOE-Timothy Fund Scholarship Program. I've been with Timothy Funds for 4 yrs.
Using three words, how would you describe your leadership style?
Listening. Thoughtful. Resourceful.
How do you go about empowering women in your context?
We empower women by providing scholarships to offset tuition costs for theological education worldwide in order to equip high capacity women to impact their communities and the world.
Who has been your greatest influence in your development as a leader? (Dead or Alive)
Dr. Irving Whitt
What specific ways have you worked to develop your skills?
Pushing myself to do things 'scared', and constantly upskilling with leadership and missions courses, most recently becoming a head facilitator for the Kairos Course.
What is the greatest need you see in women around you?
Someone to believe in them to pursue their God-given dreams to lead.
If someone wanted to get involved, what could they do to help?
Provide a scholarship for a woman like Dorcas in Nairobi. Become a Bible teacher and influence women directly through a career in theological education in the majority world.
If you had one piece of advice for someone who wanted to do what you do, what would you tell them?
Study hard. Turn all your dreams & fears to Jesus each day. Be the woman you want your kids to respect, which means putting family first and being authentic to who you are.
Thanks Val...we love your heart and the example you walk each and every day!