Liza Kittle, President
Liza, a native of Augusta, Georgia received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1980. She worked in medical research at the Medical College of Georgia, with a concentration in immunology, and also in the kidney transplantation program. She is a life-long member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta. Liza is happily married to Bill Kittle, an internal medicine physician and the proud mother of four childrenóCaroline, 25; Frances, 21; Will, 20 ; and Julia, 19.
A former radical feminist, Liza experienced a dramatic transformation in her heart and life when she accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in her mid-30s. She was an active member in her local United Methodist Women for fifteen years, serving in various leadership roles including president of the organization. It was during this tenure that Liza began to question the programs and policies of the Women's Division. Coming from a feminist to a biblical worldview gave Liza a unique perspective in this discernment process. This new worldview was greatly influenced by seven years in Bible Study Fellowshipóan intensive, interdenominational Bible study.
Liza played an integral part in the development of Women of the Vine, a multi-faceted, Christ-centered women's ministry in her local church and has served in various roles in this vibrant, growing ministry. She has also represented her church as a delegate to the North Georgia Annual Conference for the past eight years.
Liza became an active part of the RENEW Network in 2001 and has served in various roles during this time, including member of the RENEW steering committee, press representative, research analyst, writer, speaker,and North Georgia Conference representative. She was also a member of the Reform and Renewal Coalition for the 2004,2008, and 2012 General Conferences where she uplifted concerns regarding the state of women within the United Methodist Church and advocated for the recognition of supplemental women's ministries in the local church.
Liza considers it a tremendous blessing to become the new president of the RENEW Network. "I continue to be amazed at how God calls and prepares each of us for unique roles of service during our faith journeys. God has given me a heart for the women of the United Methodist Church and it is such a privilege to be a part of this new vision of ministry for the RENEW Network. It is my fervent prayer that women all across our denomination and beyond will be encouraged, equipped, and enabled to pursue God's calling on their lives through a variety of fruitful, Christ-centered women's ministries."