Becky L. Savage

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Becky Lee Savage is a leader in the Community of Christ. She was a counselor to Stephen M. Veazey in the First Presidency of the church from 2007 to 2016. Savage was the first female member of the First Presidency in the history of the Community of Christ.[1]

Savage was nominated as a counselor by Veazey on March 1, 2007.[2][3][4] Savage's appointment was approved by the membership of the church at a World Conference of the church held March 24–31, 2007 in Independence, Missouri.[5] In 2016, she was released from the First Presidency[1] and was ordained an evangelist on June 6, 2016.[citation needed]

Savage was born in Guatemala and has been a professor of nursing at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.[6] She has degrees from Graceland University and the University of Kansas.[6]

The Community of Christ opened its priesthood to women in 1984 when a document instituting the ordination of women was approved as Section 156 of the church's Doctrine and Covenants.

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  1. ^ a b Stephen M. Veazey, "Letter of Counsel about World Church Leadership",, March 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Woman Considered for Top Job", Kansas City Star, 2007-03-02.
  3. ^ Steve Brisendine, "Community of Christ poised to break gender barrier", Associated Press, 2007-03-02.
  4. ^ Stephen M. Veazey, "Letter of Counsel Regarding the Presiding Quorums", 2007-03-01.
  5. ^ Helen T. Gray, "First Woman Ordained to First Presidency", Kansas City Star, 2007-04-07, p. E12.
  6. ^ a b "Becky Savage",, accessed 16 June 2016.
Community of Christ titles
Preceded by
Kenneth N. Robinson
Counselor in the First Presidency
March 1, 2007 – 2016
Succeeded by
Stassi D. Cramm