The Rev. Lisa Maxine Goods serves as Senior Pastor and Teacher of Kenwood United Church of Christ. Called to this ministry in June of 2017, Rev. Goods has the distinction of being the first female pastor in our church’s 131-year history.
Rev. Lisa, as she is affectionately called, is the daughter of Cassandra Jones and the late Richard Goods, Sr. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, where she was Director of the United Soul Ensemble the school’s Gospel Choir, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., President of the National Association of Black Accountants and awarded the Malcolm X/Fannie Lou Hammer outstanding student leadership award. After college Rev. Goods enjoyed a highly successful career in sales and management for over 26 years. Rev. Goods accepted her call to ministry in 2003 and attended McCormick Theological Seminary, where he received her Master of Divinity Degree from in 2009. At McCormick, she was the winner of the Jesse Hasley Imagination in preaching award in 2007 and the highest preaching honor, the James Taylor Preaching Award in 2008 and 2009. Her sermon “Ending the Identity Crisis” was selected by The African American Pulpit for publication in their Top Seminarians edition in 2006. She was ordained into the Christian Ministry by the United Church of Christ in February of 2011.
Prior to coming to coming to Kenwood Rev. Goods served Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois as Associate Pastor of Outreach and Communications for over 11 years. During this time, Rev. Goods established a ministry for Single Parents, a Prayer Ministry, served as editor of the church’s newsletter and implemented the church’s social media presence and mobile app. She also worked extensively in youth ministry and served as Pastoral Liaison for health and wellness and singles. In 2014, Rev. Goods also began serving as Director of Community Life at Chicago Theological Seminary, where she is responsible for overseeing worship and facilitating the spiritual, professional and community formation of the campus.
Rev. Lisa is a lover of music and in her spare time sings with the Chicago Community Chorus, where she serves as Marketing Manager. She loves to teach bible study, has a passion for women and young people and is a writer. She is the mother of one son, Julian James Goods. Most of all she loves God and has a heart for the people of God.