Wesleyan Women Everyone Should Know


God has used women in powerful ways throughout our church’s history. In this video interview, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon sits down with Mark Benjamin and shares the stories of three women from the Wesleyan tradition that had deep impact on our movement. Mentioned in the video are Phoebe Palmer, Catherine Booth, and Amanda Smith.

View more videos in this series with Jo Anne Lyon:
Caring for the Least of These Is Every Christian’s Call
Fresh Challenges Facing the Global Church
What It Means to Be a Follower of Jesus
The Work of Justice and the Church
The Greatest News Ever

View all of our video interviews here.


Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the General Superintendent Emeritus of the Wesleyan Church. She also founded World Hope International, a faith-based relief and development organization, alleviating suffering and injustice in over 30 countries. She lives with her husband, Wayne who is the pastor of United Family Wesleyan Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  1. It is actually ssa to see the wesleyan church move away from the holiness call .. and into the world .. i do believe women can preach but i dont believe women are to be lead pastors .. man was created first then women .. we getting out of the teaching of gods order.. ….. preaching on streets, in womens ministries and such yes . But not heading up a church . The wesleyan church is and has gone so far from what it was founded upon .