Rev Denise Statham, Senior Co-Pastor Emeritus and Founder
Rev. Denise Statham recently served as one of the Senior Co-Pastors of Living Water United Church of Christ. As a founding member of the church, her responsibilities included preaching, teaching Bible Study, church-wide training retreats, monthly deacons training, writing devotional studies, and counseling members, families and community individuals as needed. Denise was ordained June 3, 2012, by the Philadelphia Association of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC). She serves as Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of United Black Christians (UBC). UBC is a special interest group that gives voice and vision to the UCC on behalf of Black churches. Denise is also active with the Coalition for Multicultural and Multiracial Transformation, a part of the UCC’s Local Church Ministries Coalition.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lafayette College, and a Master of Theological Studies degree, with a concentration in Christian Counseling, from Eastern Baptist Seminary (currently known as Palmer Seminary). After Seminary, she pursued Clinical Pastoral Education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency there in 2002. Most recently, she graduated from Neumann University in May 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling. She completed a two-year internship at Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis as part of that program. Her career in the work world began with 24 years of selling elevator products for Otis Elevator Company when she first graduated from Lafayette College. She is currently the Administrative Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She tells everyone that she is “still in the vertical transportation business, it’s just a different top floor.” Rev Denise has one daughter, Nicole and one granddaughter, Amaris who has added a new dimension of joy to her life.