Jan 12, 2018
Moffett Swaim Churn
Human Trafficking

PoC Jim Epps

Moffett Swaim Churn is a native of North Carolina and a cradle Presbyterian. However, when she enrolled in the M.Div. program at Union Seminary, she had no idea what she was doing. She had never known any woman who had become a minister and she had never heard a woman preach. But she had a clear conscious memory of turning the coffee table on its end to make a pulpit so she could preach to her dolls when she was 7 years old.
 
Moffett completed the dual degree program at UTS/PSCE in 1977 and became the first woman ordained to serve a congregation in the former Concord Presbytery in North Carolina. Over the past 40 years she has served churches in North Carolina, Virginia, and Massachusetts. She also served as Dean of Students at Union Seminary in Virginia, and during that time she met her husband, Ted. The Churns have two children - one a Pastoral Counselor and the other a Cartoonist - and a 5 year-old granddaughter, Zoey, who is always on her Momo’s mind.
 
Moffett’s involvement in the fight to end human trafficking began in 2015 when she helped organize the New Hope Presbytery Human Trafficking Roundtable. The Roundtable has four objectives: to raise awareness, to lead prevention strategies, to support victims and survivors, and to impact the legislative process.
 
Moffett re-retired in December, after serving as Interim Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.