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Eunice Blanchard Poethig, clergywoman. Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1979. Recipient Walker Cup, DePauw University, 1951; Nettie F. McCormick fellow in Old Testament Hebrew, McCormick Seminary, Chicago, 1975; recipient Distinguished Alumni award DePauw University, 2003.


Poethig, Eunice Blanchard was born on January 16, 1930 in Hempstead, New York, United States. Daughter of Werner J. and Juliet (Stroh) Blanchard.


Bachelor, De Pauw University, 1951. Master of Arts, Union Theological Seminary, 1952. Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary, New York City, 1975.

Master of Sacred Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary, New York City, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary, 1985.


Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1979. Missionary United Presbyterian Church United States of America to United Church of Christ in Philippines, 1956-1972. Member of faculty Ellinwood College Christian Education, Manila, 1957-1961.

Member of faculty, campus ministry Philippine Women's U., Manila, 1962-1968. Board directors Jane Addams Conference, Journey's End Refugee Resettlement Agency, Council of Bishops and Executives of Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries. Trustee Presbyterian Foundation, 1991-1994, General Board National Council Churches Christ, 1995-1997.

Editor New Day Publications, Manila, 1969-1972. Curriculum editor National Council Churches, Manila, 1962-1972. Associate executive Presbytery Chicago, 1979-1985.

Executive Presbytery of Western New York, 1986-1993. Director congressional ministries division general assembly Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1994-1998. Speaker Presbyterian Women, 1973, 76,79, 81, 85, 88, 94, 97.

Member Council Executives, Illinois Council Churches, 1980-1985.


  • Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1979.



Active Environmental Defense Fund, Erie County Environmental Management Council, New York, 1990—1993, non-governmental organization Forum United Nations Fourth World Conference Women, Beijing, 1995. Planning committee Celebrate Adult Curriculum, 1987—1993, Transatlantic Dialogue, 2003—2004. Chairman governing board Stony Point Center, 2002—2004, PC United States of America.

Chairman PC United States of America Celebrating the Ordination of Women, since 2005. Board directors Church Women United, Chicago, 1974—1979, More Light Presbyns., 2000—2003. Trustee McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, 1974—1975.

Board directors, executive committee Presbyterian Community Center, Louisville, 1999—2001. Active Women's Ordination Conference National Presbyterian Church Committee, Presbyterian General Assembly Challenge to the Church Fund., 1989. Design team Covenant People Curriculum, 1997.

Futures committee Highland Presbyterian Church, chair, 1997—1999. Organizing board Asian Center Theology and Strategy, Chicago, 1974. Member International Platform Association, Society Biblical Literature, Society Ethnomusicology, Association Executive Presbyters (board directors, chairperson 1991-1993), American Schools Oriental Research, Witherspoon Society, National Association Religious Women, International Association Women Ministers, National Association Presbyterian Clergywomen.


Married Richard Paul Poethig, June 7, 1952. Children: Richard Scott, Kathryn Aileen, Johanna Klare, Margaret Juliet, Erika Christy.

Werner J. Blanchard

Juliet (Stroh) Blanchard

Richard Paul Poethig

Richard Scott Poethig

Kathryn Aileen Poethig

Johanna Klare Poethig

Margaret Juliet Poethig

Erika Christy Poethig