Dorothy Nickel Friesen graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas (BA) and from the University of Kansas (MA). She received a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri; pastored Manhattan Mennonite Church, Manhattan, Kansas and First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio; served as assistant dean at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and conference minister for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. She currently resides in Newton, Kansas.

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– “This is a delightful group of stories that will cause those of us who have been pastors to remember similar sad and funny experiences. Do these things happen only to women? Or do we just like to remember and tell these stories? Dip into the book at any point and enjoy!” —Lois Y. Barrett, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
– “A spirited, rollicking, and encouraging story of a pastor’s big-hearted love, and the sheer marvel of meditating between all things human and divine as a woman called to lead the church. The dynamism of Dorothy’s vision, along with her vulnerability, courage, and daring commitment to all God’s people, shine throughout these colorful vignettes of a pastor’s amazing life.” —Sara Wenger Shenk, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
– “The vignettes in this book capture the personal experiences of one of the first women to serve as a lead pastor in the Mennonite church. They are enlightening on multiple levels—describing this woman’s clear call to ministry, as a first-person account of the church’s struggle in coming to terms with women in leadership roles, and for the many real-life examples of the joys, challenges, and impacts of the pastoral vocation. Engaging reading. Highly recommended!” —James M. Harder, Bluffton University
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