ARISE is designed for the ordained women in the Church of God who are in ministerial positions or have a goal to serve in vocational ministry.

ARISE is inspired from a passion to empower women in ministry.

The purpose is to encourage women to discover their call in ministry, to develop their gifts, and to grow and thrive in their call.


“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1


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This ministry is designed to increase community
and provide resources to help equip women to flourish.
— Rev. Dr. Arnetta McNeese Bailey, Convener of Arise - Women in Ministry

Arise | Women in Ministry | Convener

Rev. Dr. Arnetta McNeese Bailey has served the Church of God as an advocate for reconciliation, an inspired preacher, and as a servant leader. Her passionate faith informs her life and her work. Rev. McNeese Bailey is the Executive Director of Christian Women Connection. Under Rev. McNeese Bailey’s leadership, Women of the Church of God transformed into Christian Women Connection to become “a place for every woman, where every woman takes her place.”

Even while serving as Executive Director of Christian Women Connection, Arnetta continued to dream of recognizing a ministry design for advocacy and support for clergy women of the Church of God. The dream would not die. It thrived through the School of Theology and Church of God Ministries while being revitalized through Church of God women such as Rev. Juanita Leonard and Rev. Susie Stanley.

Rev. McNeese Bailey’s writings can be found in BRIDGES curriculum published by Warner Press and in Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve. Arnetta has served numerous organizations and ministries serving the National Association of the Church of God, Children of Promise, Circle of Missions Committee, Executive Leadership Strategic Planning Committee of the Church of God, and the Church of God Reconciliation Task Force. While the Church is Rev. McNeese Bailey’s passion, her leadership is evident in the secular world as well where she serves on the Connect Marketplace & Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) Advisory Board and the Buffalo/Niagara Customer Advisory Council.

Arnetta also served with Special Olympics and Big Brothers & Sisters of America. Arnetta has traveled extensively as a keynote speaker for national conferences and conventions throughout the United States. In addition to being a featured guest on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, she has preached and taught internationally in the countries of India, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. She is the founder and executive director of Priscilla’s Lost and Found and In the Company of Good Men, faith-based mentoring programs for women and men in transition. Rev. McNeese Bailey holds a degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in African American Religious Studies and a Master of Theological Studies from Anderson University School of Theology. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Anderson University.