Gail E. Mengel
|Gail E. Mengel|
Retired Community of Christ Apostle Gail E. Mengel gave the Wallace B. Smith Lecture at the fourth Restoration Studies Symposium, April 15, 2011.
Coordinator of women's ministries
|Known for||First women to be ordained an apostle|
Gail E. Mengel was an apostle and member of the Council of Twelve Apostles of the Community of Christ from 1998 to 2005. Mengel and Linda L. Booth were the first women to be ordained apostles in the history of the Community of Christ. Mengel has also been the president of Church Women United since 2004.
Mengel was selected as an apostle in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church) by church president W. Grant McMurray. (The RLDS Church was renamed Community of Christ in 2001.) She was ordained on March 31, 1998, making her one of the first two female apostles in RLDS–Community of Christ history. In 2005, she retired from the Council of Twelve Apostles and became the church's first Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer. She became the 18th president of Church Women United in July 2004.
Mengel is an alumnus of Graceland University.
- David J. Howlett, Barbara B. Walden, and John C. Hamer, Community of Christ: An Illustrated History (Independence, Missouri: Herald Publishing House, 2010), 61.
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