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Rev. Stephanie McLemore

Chaplain and Director of Church Relations

Lynchburg College

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Lynchburg College

2007 Memorial Avenue

Lynchburg, Virginia 24505

United States

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Lynchburg has operated under a Council/Manager form of government since 1920. The City Council, comprised of seven members, is elected for four-year staggered terms of office. Lynchburg's City Council has created a vision to guide the community into the n ... more

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Employment History

Youth Minister for Union Church

Allegro Handbell Ensemble


Christian Church


bachelor's degree

Kalamazoo College

master of divinity

University of Chicago

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Easter Writing Project 2012 | GLAD Alliance [cached]

By Rev. Stephanie McLemore, Chaplain and Director of Church Relations, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA, [email protected] > Colleges and Universities > Disciples College Fair Contacts [cached]

Rev. Stephanie McLemore Dean of Religious Life 1501 Lakeside Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501

Staff Profile: Chaplain Stephanie McLemore | The Critograph | Lynchburg College's Student Run News Organization [cached]

Staff Profile: Chaplain Stephanie McLemore

When Lynchburg College Chaplain Stephanie McLemore decided she was ready to be a mom, she prayed about it, asked her mother and sister for emotional support, and then went to a fertility clinic to undergo artificial insemination. The procedure was successful after the second attempt and later that year, McLemore gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Sophia.
Today, Sophia is three-years-old and has a 14-month-old sister named Ellery, who through a different donor, was also conceived by artificial insemination.
McLemore is among the growing number of single women in America who are turning to artificial insemination to fulfill their desires for motherhood. McLemore, 43, said she hopes to be married some day and that she is happy with her bold move to become a single parent.
Chaplain Stephanie McLemore holds daughters Sophia and Ellery.
"I didn't want to miss my chance to be a mom. It might not have been the first choice, but it was all at once possible and a real option," McLemore said.
McLemore is open about her choice, and in the summer of 2010 she wrote about life as a single mother in an article for Just Women, a quarterly magazine published by the Women's Ministry of the Disciples of Christ. "I am a straight, single pastor who at 38 had dated a few guys seriously over about 15 years, but who was desperately afraid of missing my chance to be a mom… I really wanted to fall in love, get married, and have a family," McLemore said in the article.
With no husband on the horizon and her proverbial biological clock ticking, McLemore took matters into her own hands and sought medical assistance in the path toward motherhood.
McLemore said she investigated adoption before making her decision, but artificial insemination removed some of the uncertainties that come with adopting a child, and the procedure was less expensive than adoption. Plus, as she wrote in her article for Just Women, she was able to participate in the "miracle of creation."
Though an increasing number of women are choosing a one-parent family dynamic, there is still a matter of acceptance by a society that largely views two parents as the foundation of a family. McLemore knew that, as a Disciples of Christ pastor with several family members as ministers, the idea of single motherhood could be problematic for some. She said that although there was some opposition, she received overwhelming support and understanding from those around her.
"There were some folks that were very upset with my choice. There was one Virginia church elder that wrote the regional minister and expressed his concerns, but I feel very good about my choice and, overall, folks were supportive and really happy for me," McLemore said.
A number of factors led McLemore to choose single motherhood, including stability in her career, financial security and support from her mother and sister, affectionately known as "Ya-Ya" and "Auntie Lisa."
The "daddy question" has already surfaced in McLemore's household, with Sophia noticing that many of her peers have both a mom and a dad. McLemore does not side-step the issue. Instead, she tells both her daughters about her decision in terms they can understand.
"I say, 'Well, you don't have a daddy yet, you may someday, but you have a Ya-Ya and an Auntie Lisa.' I tell them that their 'mommy wanted little girls so badly that she found a doctor who could help her, and a donor who could help her, and Auntie Lisa said she'd help… and grandma said she'd help a lot!' And then I had them, and it's been the best thing in my life," McLemore said.
McLemore said the experience of motherhood has changed her in many positive ways, even making her more effective working with students on campus.
"Being a mom makes me a much better pastor. It has taught me to have much more patience, how to get more done on less sleep, and just to be joyous in a way I hadn't before," McLemore said.
McLemore is careful to point out that her decision and the timing were right for her and may not be the best option for others. She cautions any independent woman thinking about motherhood to consider all her options first.
"Single parenthood is a tough road. In fact, I'm only able to do it because my mother is so helpful," McLemore said.

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Stephanie McLemore open and affirming loving, Hollie Woodruff, Living the Questions

By Stephanie McLemore
* Rev. Stephanie McLemore is Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Lynchburg College. She resides in Lynchburg, Virginia and is the proud mother of Sophia and Ellery. She can be reached at

Lynchburg College - Homecoming 2009 Schedule [cached]

11 a.m.-Noon • Campus Worship Service Led by Rev. Stephanie McLemore, Lynchburg College Chaplain and Director of Church Relations, Rev. Dennis Martin '74, minister, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Narrows, Va., will deliver the sermon.

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