As Remembered by Rev. Helen DeLeon
Janie came as a guest speaker to McCormick Theological Seminary, where I was an M.Div student from 1998 to 2002. At the time I didn't know where I stood on the matter of ordination of people who are homosexual. After meeting her, I knew exactly where I stood. She was the most pastoral human being I had ever met. That night, in my reflection time, I could only wonder at why the church would want to deny its members the ministries of this amazing woman. Since then, I have had more opportunities to know Janie. She continues to serve as one called by God to love and care for us all. She is as kind and caring of those who disagree with her as she is with everyone else. It is my privilege and joy to know Janie Spahr. Janie exudes pastoral care in the way she conducts herself, in the words she speaks, and in the manner she speaks. She is kind, thoughtful, and compassionate, and cares deeply about EVERYONE-even and especially those who have attacked her. She is my role model for ministry.
March 16, 2012