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Molly L. Shivers
Director of Conflict Transformation Ministries
Molly was born in Evanston, Illinois, but moved south at a young age when her parents sought refuge from the winters in Chicago. She holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and a M.A. from the University of North Carolina in the History of Art. She was called from curatorial work in art museums to ordained ministry in 1996, completing a M.Div. summa cum laude from Duke Divinity School in 1999. Molly is an Elder in Full Connection in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Molly has served in appointments ranging from an associate pastor in an 800 member church to pastor in charge of an 80 member church to an extension ministry appointment as Director of the Conflict Transformation Team in the (late) Burlington District of the United Methodist Church. She was appointed as Director of Conflict Transformation Ministries for the North Carolina Conference in July of 2014. Molly was trained in conflict transformation, strategic visioning, and leadership development by Plowpoint, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit founded and led by the Revs. Kelly and Beth Crissman of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In addition to her work in conflict transformation, adult education and spiritual formation are two of Molly’s chief areas of interest and experience. She happily lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband and her labradoodle while missing her son, a student at the University of South Carolina at the University of South Carolina.