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Mary Jo Lauderdale (back row, center) and the NCC Women's Ministries Advisory Council

Mary Jo Lauderdale, Coordinator

Mary Jo Lauderdale is a mother of two wonderful children, Bryon and Joani, with two great spouses, Jasmine and Tony.  Three beautiful grandchildren, Ashleigh, “AJ” and Jimmy. She is the member care coordinator for the Chico Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She served as Women’s Ministries Leader in Chico for several years and a member of the Women’s Ministries Advisory Board for the Northern California Conference. In 2008, Mary Jo was asked to serve as the Women’s Ministries Coordinator for the Northern California Conference. She shares her testimony of God’s grace in a compelling story of her life to help women understand that God has an extraordinary plan for each of their lives. 

Mary Jo lives in Chico, is on staff at the Chico Adventist Church and oversees an almond ranch.  “It is a place where God has taught me who is really in charge; He knows best and longs for me to become the masterpiece that He created me to be!  He has been enduring and patient with me to help me understand that truth and learn to trust Him in everything.” 

In 1985 Mary Jo began to research the field of death and dying in an attempt to understand the grieving process more fully.  She hoped it would help her with the impending death of her terminally ill father and the grief she had experienced in childhood. Again, in 1992 Mary Jo faced another tragic loss with the death of her husband. After some time she began working with funeral homes to develop aftercare programs to help grieving families. Over the next few years she developed materials on grief and loss, conducting seminars nationwide and founded New Hope Fellowship for Widows to assist them in creative coping.

In 2005, Mary Jo graduated with her Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling and continues working with people to help them in their healing process.

Throughout her journey God has impressed her to continue His plan for her life and to have faith and trust in the words of Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” We must keep pressing forward because “All thing work together for good to them that love the LORD.”

Today, it is her desire to challenge women to have joy in who they are and to become all that God has created them to be. Mary Jo believes that no matter what your personal history may be; God is always leaps ahead to guide and forge the way to help you reach your full potential in HIM. And truly His plan is always supreme!

I praise God for the women of the Northern California Conference and the Women’s Ministries Leaders. 


GOD bless you!

Mary Jo

Northern California Women’s Ministries Department 

The NCC Women’s Ministries Department exists to uphold, encourage, and challenge Seventh-day Adventist women in their daily walk as disciples of Jesus Christ and as members of His world church. The mission of Women’s Ministries is, in the larger sense, common to all Christians — that of uplifting Christ in the church and in the world.

Focus --

We want to reach 85% of women in the Northern California Conference by 2020.

Objectives — This ministry seeks to:

1. Foster spiritual growth and renewal among women.

2. Affirm that women are of inestimable worth by virtue of their creation and redemption, equip them for service in the church, and offer women’s perspectives on church issues.

3. Minister to the broad spectrum of women’s needs across the life span, with due regard for multicultural and multiethnic perspectives. AUXILIARY ORGANIZATIONS OF THE CHURCH 

4. Liaise and cooperate with other specialized departments of the church to facilitate the ministry to women and of women.

5. Build goodwill among women in the world church that encourages bonds of friendship, mutual support, and the creative exchange of ideas and information.

6. Mentor and encourage Seventh-day Adventist women, creating paths for their involvement in the church as they reach for their potential in Christ.

7. Find ways and means to challenge each Seventh-day Adventist woman to use her gifts to complement the talents of others as they work side by side to further the global mission of the church.

Women’s Ministries Leader — Each local church elects a Women's Ministries Leader to develop specific ministries to nurture women and equip them for service to God and to the church. She serves as chair of the Women’s Ministries Committee, and encourages ideas and plans which maximize women’s contributions to the mission of the church. As chair, she is responsible for putting together the agenda, moderating discussion, and developing group cohesion through personal sharing, prayer, and fellowship.

She also serves as a member of the church board, integrating activities and programs for women into the larger church program. It is her responsibility to keep the church informed of the contribution of Women’s Ministries to church life. The leader’s liaison for training and resource material is the local conference/mission/field Women’s Ministries director.

Qualifications of the Women’s Ministries Leader — The Women’s Ministries leader should be a woman with a sensitive, caring nature, a burden for women’s ministry and concerns, a balance in her perspectives so as to represent a broad spectrum of women, and an ability to encourage other women to cultivate their spiritual gifts. She should be able to work well with women in the church, the pastor, and the church board.

Women’s Ministries Committee — The Women’s Ministries leader works with the pastor and church board to establish a Women’s Ministries Committee to foster a ministry to women in the church. This committee should be composed of persons interested in the broad spectrum of women’s needs and services. To form a balanced team, the members should be persons with varied talents and experience.

Women's Ministries Brochure

Recorder articles about NCC women's Ministries

Young Women's Ministries Guide Girls to God - August 2014

NCC Women Witness in the Democratic Republic of Congo - February 2013

Project Aims to Help Congolese Widows Make a Better Life - January 2012

Training Conference Inspires and Equips Women's Ministries Leaders - April 2011

Women's Ministries Coordinator Mary Jo Lauderdale Plans to Encourage and Equip Women for God - November 2009
Women’s Ministries Advisory Council

Mary Jo Lauderdale
Northern California Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator
(530) 520-5983

FIND YOUR AREA Coordinator

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Shirley Abell
Lower Northeast Area

To be Announced
West Central Area

Rose Briley
Sacramento Area

Vesteria Stilson
Redwood Area & Redwood Camp Meeting

Stephanie Mason
Delta Region

Kate Berry Edwards
East Bay Area

Evva Martinez
Spanish Church Representative

Teresa Leal
Spanish Church Representative

Soonyoung Chung Park
Asian Church Representative

Anna McMillen
Sierra Foothills Area

Corletta Taylor
Young Women’s Ministries

Karen White
Breast Cancer Awareness

Tanya Enriquez
Upper Northeast Area


Mary Maxson
Pastor, Paradise
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