MANCHESTER — “Outstanding N.H. Women Leaders: Purposeful Faith — Pivotal Moments” is the topic of a program planned by Interfaith Women of NH at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St.
Three women of faith in different leadership roles will speak about what brought them to those roles. A panel discussion will follow. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
The speakers are the Rev. Cynthia Bagley, senior minister at United Church of Christ in Keene; Susan McKeown, A.P.R.N., a certified prevention specialist, author and co-founder of F.A.S.T.E.R. a family-based response to substance use disorder; and Major Armida Harper of the Salvation Army in Manchester.
Bagley, formerly of Manchester, spent 20 years as a corporate and independent consultant when a series of challenging events inspired her to pursue a career in ministry. Balancing three children and a terminally ill husband, she enrolled full time in Boston University School of Theology. This is her 16th year as an ordained minister, and she is the first woman to serve as a senior minister in the Keene church’s 281-year history.
McKeown, a member of St. Catherine Parish, was a pediatric nurse practitioner for 41 years. She is passionate about issues related to substance use disorder and mental health and has worked with families dealing with substance use disorder since 2002. She and her husband, Patrick, also have helped to prepare engaged couples for marriage in the Diocese of Manchester for decades. She is the author of “Beyond the First Dance – A Guide for Couples to think Beyond Their Wedding Day”.
Harper, an evangelical minister, has served with her husband in Manchester since 2016 and has ministered for more than 18 years, serving in four U.S. states, in Kenya, Africa, and in India, Hong Kong and China on short-term assignments. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in social work.