The Women’s Center at LPTS
The Women’s Center at LPTS is a space for and program of mission, the goal of which is the envisioning and construction of gendered structures and practices that do justice to the full humanity of all people. We recognize sexual difference as an original and integral constituent of that full humanity (see Genesis 1:27).
Where people have made sexual difference the justification for domination and violence, wrong has been done, and we believe we are called to speak and to act against it.
Where people have worked within a context of sexual difference to enrich our human life together, we believe we are called to celebrate.
Lauren Jones Mayfield, Director
Lauren earned degrees from Samford University (BA), where she majored in Religious Studies and minored in Christian Women’s Leadership, and Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv), along with additional coursework at Yale Divinity School and New York Theological Seminary. Currently, she is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ.
One of her favorite quotes is “I found God in myself and I loved her, I loved her fiercely.” ~Ntozake Shange
Beth Ruhl, Student Coordinator
Beth Ruhl earned degrees from the University of Kansas where she majored in French (BA) and French Literature (MA). She was very active at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at KU where she started a feminist book club, organized for events such as Take Back The Night and led undergraduates on Alternative Spring Breaks to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Beth was also on the National Coordinating Committee for the National Network of Presbyterian College Women during her undergraduate career where she helped to organize leadership events for young women. She is currently a Member In Discernment with the United Church of Christ.
Johanna Bos, Faculty and Financial Liaison
- Rev. Dr. Johanna Van-Wijk Bos has been deeply committed to and involved with the Women’s Center at LPTS since its inauguration in 1995. She has served as Faculty Advisor, as the first Director of the Women’s Center, and now as Faculty and Financial Liaison. As Faculty Liaison, she maintains the Women’s Center’s connections to key Seminary structures. As Financial Liaison, she works tirelessly to deepen and stabilize the financial foundation of the Women’s Center, which is entirely supported by outside donations.