History of Women
in The
Presbyterian Church (USA)

In 1893, Edith Livingston Peake was appointed Presbyterian Evangelist by First United Presbyterian of San Francisco. Between 1907 and 1920 five more women became ministers. The Presbyterian Church (USA) began ordaining women as elders in 1930, and as ministers of Word and sacrament in 1956. By 2001, the numbers of men and women holding office were almost equal.



Rev. Nancy Howarth


Making History at the
First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton

Rev. Nancy Howarth became the First Woman Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, serving as an Interim Pastor  from 2013-2016