The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe became the senior minister of Plymouth Church staff January 15, 2008.
A native of South Dakota, she hold degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary
Dr. Monroe has served on the board of the Louisville Institute, and the Deaconess Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has taught courses in preaching, contemporary culture and theology, and grant writing for non-profit organizations.
An accomplished writer, she is the author of Not So Desperate: Fantasy, Fact and Faith on Wisteria Lane (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009).
Shawnthea lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Neil Mueller and their three children. Before coming to Plymouth Church, Dr. Monroe served First Congregational Church UCC (Moorhead, MN), Trinitarian Congregational Church (Concord, MA) and Colebrook Congregational Church (Colebrook, CT).
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