Rev. Vanessa Monroe loves God and has been called to serve his people. She serves Covenant UCC in the areas of pastoral care and Youth bible study. She is currently matriculating at McCormick Theological Seminary pursuing the Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Monroe has also been a practicing attorney since 1992. She externed with the ACLU and the Public Defender’s Office and then began practicing with Cassiday, Schade & Gloor in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense. She has been in private practice for the past 10 years with an office in Flossmoor, Illinois.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northwestern Universityand a Jurist Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.
Rev. Monroe interned with Protestants for the Common Good, a lobbyist organization that seeks to make the voices of people of faith heard in our city, county, state and national governing bodies. She specialized in the area of criminal justice reform with Protestants for the Common Good.
Rev. Monroe also spent time in Ghana this year studying “prophetic witness” with noted African theologians and colleagues. The trip proved to be a life changing event for her and broadened her awareness of the challenges facing women and children in particular, and the creative ways that God’s people are addressing these challenges on the continent.
Rev. Monroe is a firm believer that ministry begins at home. She is proud to be the wife of Kevin Monroe and the mother of Paige, Kaleb and Maya. She is past president and founding member of the South Suburban Chapter of Mocha Moms and currently leads a weekly prayer group under Moms In Touch International, an intercessory prayer group of mothers praying for their children and schools. Rev. Monroe enjoys writing and teaching and is in the process of publishing her first children’s book, “He Came Through My Stomach”. She is working on an inspirational book of meditations entitled, “Letters To Kaleb”.