Terri is married to Walter Owens, Jr., who serves as Minister of Music at Salem Baptist Church. They are the proud parents of an adult son, Mitchell Owens, a composer and producer.

"Our church mission is: 'called to be the presence of Christ in our community.' When we live according to Jesus' example to serve one another, we say to the world that Jesus is real. Working for love and justice is a radical idea---it is the kingdom of God! Our congregation has a real heart for our community, a love that stretches from Downers Grove to children across the globe in Belarus. It is humbling to serve such a generous and active congregation."

A firm believer in the power of the arts in ministry, she enjoys a wide variety of music, as well as drama, in worship.

Terri is also the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to being called into ministry, she was an IT consultant/executive with such firms as Ernst and Young, IBM, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and SBC Ameritech. Terri is widely sought after as a preacher, teacher and workshop facilitator. Active within the regional and national ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she also currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. Terri holds the B.A. degree from Harvard University, and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Our Minister

Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens


Rev. Teresa "Terri" Hord Owens serves as our Senior Minister. "I believe that it is important to empower believers to develop their own spiritual relationship with God," she says. "We are open to questions here, and we invite all who want to grow spiritually to come and be a part of our community." Terri is a firm believer in developing one's own spiritual practices. "Prayer and study are like diet and exercise--- basic principles for a healthy life!" She points to these ideals of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as guiding lights for ministry and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love."

(Disciples of Christ)

First Christian Church of Downers Grove