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Director of U.S. Women Arise Strategy & Content

Rev. Sherry Cothran is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, pastor, singer/songwriter and author. Over the last decade, as a full-time senior pastor, she has also released books and music to critical acclaim that help people navigate finding hope in hopeless places, healing and charting new pathways in the biblical narratives of women. She was the Artist in Residence at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 2015, has received two grants from the Louisville Institute for her book and music projects. Sherry has become a popular keynote speaker, leading workshops and performances around the topics of her projects. 

Sherry’s story, moving from the lead singer of a popular, indie rock band into seminary and full-time ministry has been featured in USA today, Interpreter Magazine and on Her writing has been featured in many publications including Abingdon Women, Ministry Matters, Good Preacher Homiletics Journal. 

Sherry serves as director of Women Arise Strategy & Content for the U.S. region – joining the global circle of women committed to triumph over trauma.

Sherry writes:

“I’m so excited to join the team at Harper Hill Global, focusing on strategy and content for the Women Arise Collective in the U.S. We are looking forward to strengthening this global community of women committed to healing from trauma and raising awareness for violence against women all around the world. Together, we can heal and become.  

Former President Jimmy Carter has stated that violence against women is the number one humanitarian issue of our time. It is my firm belief that as women heal, the world heals. This cause is a huge passion of mine as I have personally experienced the long journey of healing from trauma myself, a journey that continues each day of my life. As a United Methodist minister over the past twelve years, I’ve been honored to work with traumatized populations in Nashville to help them find purpose, healing and a pathway forward. For a decade, I worked with refugees, immigrants and those who suffered from homelessness in metro Nashville as a pastor of a United Methodist church. I have experienced firsthand the necessity of a community that is committed to healing the wounded souls of those who have suffered violence against them. I am looking forward to being a resource for such a community and growing alongside everyone as we build a better world together. 

I’ll be focusing on strategy and content for the U.S. Women Arise Collective. But I am also looking forward to being connected to this broader, global community as our voices blend. 

May God give us the strength, courage and vision to more fully express the Divine image of God in all of our hearts and shine it out as light to the world.”

More of Sherry’s story can be found here: